Speaking at The Widget Summit in San Francisco

Frank spoke on a panel about  as the product lead on myAOL, a personalized startpage with widgets. Above is the video of Frank from the session which also included Tariq Krim from Netvibes, Jessica Ewing from Google & Dan Cohen from Pageflakes. The session was moderated by Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Session Synopsis

Personal homepages are a personal digital dashboard and a start page for today’s Web. They are often the first thing a user sees when booting their browser, and remain connected throughout the day delivering the latest information and updates of interest.

Over the past year we have seen the personal homepage grow into a more social phenomenon. Members of popular sites are sharing groups of homepage modules pre-configured for their home city, favorite band, or a particular interest group. Sites now recommend new content based on previously installed modules and interactions. The modules themselves have become more intelligent by changing the background of your screen based on the time of day or updating their content based on other modules present on the page.

In this session we will review the current state of widgets on personal homepages by examining some of the top products in the space.

Slides

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