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Start.io

Personal Start Page Builder


Tiny
Published 09/21/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Start.io is a start page builder that lets users collect their favorite URLs in one place. The user can add blogs, news sites, forums and any other web resources they are fond of. Along with a list of links, Start.io pages also let the user know which items have recently added content that they haven’t read yet. The user can streamline the daily feed browsing process by jumping right to the pieces of content they haven’t seen yet. Items can be sorted into helpful categories so the user can also pick and choose based on their current mood, need or purpose. The Start.io settings page let users edit their start page layout. The application lets users work at a basic level or move deeper to fully customize their start pages.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Start.io was founded by Peter Vidani and Jacob Bijani. The application launched in April of 2009. The service has many appealing feature that have caught the attention of many internet users. Reviewers and users alike appreciate the application’s drag and drop design as well as the simple group adding features. Users will also love the newly added content icons, which are noticeable without becoming a distraction.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many web applications let users build their own start pages. Start.io stands out because the application comes with many customizable features and it lets the user know when new content has been added to web pages. The user can access the setting areas to change the look of their Start.io start page. The service remains simple, which also means it stays as flexible as possible. The user can add any link they love and keep track of it with minimal effort.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Start.io gives users plenty of convenience in a simple design. The application favors open space over clutter, which is a plus. The user’s links are shown in neat columns under colorful headers. A small ampersand appears under each header, similar in color to the banner found under the related header. This lets the user know that new content is available. Users who wish to keep it simple can leave Start.io as is while others can try adjusting the customization options to personalize the experience.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can try Start.io by clicking the blue “Make a Start Page” button found near the upper, right corner of the homepage. Doing so takes the user to the short registration form. The form requires a username, email address and password. The user is automatically logged in after submitting the form. Users can immediately begin adding groups and URLs. No email verification is required.

What does it cost to use the application?

Start.io is convenient, but its service is relatively basic. Charging a fee would only cause most users to look elsewhere for a personalized start page. Start.io allows all users to sign up and manage a start page for free. There are no fees and the user doesn’t have to make any purchases to keep their account active. The free price will entice more users to give Start.io a try.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Start.io is ideal for uses who want to find a way to create a simple personalized start page. The user can add any URL they want. Users can build groups and instantly see which sites have recently added content each time they return to the start page. The service costs nothing and can cut back on browsing time for users who frequent numerous websites on a regular basis.

  • Compile a list of frequently visited websites
  • See which sites have recently added content
  • Browse favorite URLs by category
  • Customize the look of each start page
  • iPhone-specific features are included for mobile users


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