I went back for a visit today. Hmmm… it's relaxing.
I really like the simple interface. Not to ajaxified, not to techy. The left hand column "popular public bees" is so simple and inviting. (I didn't immediately see that this was a scrollable region though).
Look at the simplicity of their message:
DISCOVER the news you care about.
SHARE the news with friends, family or colleagues.
BUILD your own news website or add news to your own blog or site.
So simple. I looked at some of the Bees and chose to view the Iraq one. Check out the 4 views. The search panel is well placed to the right hand side.
I ventured over to Squidoo to find their lens for "Iraq war" and searched for it. Their search engine suggested the tag "iraqwar" so I took that, and it told me "Congratulations you're the first to search for this term" and then offered to build a lens for it. Wow. No lens for the tag iraqwar that YOU suggested? Anyway, I persisted and searched for the "best lense" about Iraq.
Alexaholic doesn't agree with me though. I wondered why Personalbee isn't doing better. I went to their blog. I found the following:
- The UI that I like is brand new. I am convinced it will work well for them!
- It seems that the Bee creation process was far complicated – they eventually needed a help file online and are now making a Bee creation wizard
How does Personalbee make money (from Siliconbeat)?
How does it make money? The Personal Bee writes a cookie to your browser, which sees the news that you are reading. The cookie is operated by a third-party company, called Revenue Science, which collects information about you from other sites you travel too. All this information helps Revenue Science serve up ads to other publishers — ads that are specific to what the system perceives your interests are. (ABC News, ESPN, Financial Times, Newsweek all serve the same Revenue Science cookie, so Personal Bee is not exceptional here).
Revenue Science serves up ads on other Web sites that you surf, but not on Personal Bee, which has decided not to run ads.
Another good review on it.
Let me give you my three favorite reasons to like Personal Bee:
- I choose who’s important. I can calibrate Personal Bee to let me choose what RSS feeds are important to me on any particular topic.
- Time relevance. Personal Bee places a three-day time frame around an event.
- Phrase Clouds replace Tag Clouds.