In the beginning Netvibes was first designed to be for American usage but more recently it has joined the international community for easier use throughout the world. It has gotten so big now that Business Wire announced on June 21, 2007, that "The Netvibes universe spans the globe: over 500 official content partnerships with world's leading media and eCommerce companies, celebrities, and non-profits." ¹ Some of the major partnerships are the International Herald Tribune, Die Welt, Le Monde.fr, Le Figaro, El Mundo, El Paris, U.S. News & World Report, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Wired, Brightcove and Shopping.com. If you want to know the complete list you can visit the website http://eco.netvibes.com/500universes. Some notable non-profits are Harvard and some notable celebrities are 50-Cent and Moby. In more recent times Netvibes has announced that it has pushed even farther into the international community by creating partnerships with Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. CEO and founder of Netvibes then announced that "This is concrete proof that the future of all media lies in deep personalization. No other Internet company can claim as many officially branded content partnerships in this many countries and languages." ²
There are quite a few new partnerships throughout the world starting in Europe with IDG UK, Computerworld, Les Echos, L'Equipe, 20 Minutes, Elle France, and Rockol.it. In Asia there is Agile Media, ChinaVenture, eNet, HiPiHi HoodongWiki and Sports CN. And in North America there is U.S. News and World Report, Wired, Topix, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Glam.com, Brightcove, ContentNext Media, CollegeHumor, Dr. Phil, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The managing director of IDG UK Kit Gould said, "Personalization, customization, and interoperability between content platforms is a reality of today's Web. By partnerning with Netvibes in Europe, we are widening our reach and offering new and existing users the ability to access IDG content via Netvibes' exciting new Universe feature, which aggregates RSS content from our leading brands such as Computerworld, Techworld, Macworld and PC Advisor into customizable, manageable, and themed modules." ³ As you can tell Netvibes has many international partnerships and relations with several countries so it makes it extremely easy for users to access information by simply adding it by clicking on the "add content" button to add different information from all over.
Anyone of the above resources can be added to your own personal Netvibes account. Netvibes was also designed to be a international communications database as well. You simply use you e-mail account of your choice and make your Netvibes e-mail account. You can find friends throughout the world by adding them through various searches of different forms of communication like Myspace, Facebook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, G-mail, Microsoft Outlook, etc. If you want to know more about how you can do this you can visit the How to Set- Up Netvibes page. Netvibes works just like anyone of these communications accounts so it's rather easy to set up and to work on. As you can surmize Netvibes is very easy to communicate both nationally and internationally. Netvibes also makes it easy to access any of these other forms of communications by adding a direct link to them. Another universal use of Netvibes is the ability to access Youtube from it as well. Even though Youtube is mainly used for personal video usage it's now being used for more communication purposes and since a large part of the world uses Youtube people can also use this form of communication through Netvibes as well. A good example of this would be a teacher or proffessor putting their class discussion on Youtube so that students can have access to it even if they can't make it to school. So once again as you can already imagine Netvibes is now more internationally connected then ever before.