Planetaki is an application that lets users combine their favorite websites into one, convenient page. The pages, which are called “planets,” are created by answering a few simple questions. Once the planet has been created, the user can begin importing websites. Any new content posted to the user’s selected sites shows up on the planet. The user can review a digest page of updates without visiting each individual site. Each segment appears inside a clean box with corresponding text, images and links. The user can click the headline to visit the actual page. Users can see how long ago the content was published and its source without navigating away from Planetaki. Planets can be set as public or private. A list of recently created planets is displayed on the Planetaki homepage.
Planetaki was developed by a small team of individuals from Mallorca, England, Madrid, San Francisco and Mexico. The application has received positive remarks from users and sites, including Killer Startups. Many love the convenience of placing multiple websites on one page. The user can access recently added content without navigating to each individual URL. The application continues to provide a simple but practical service that many internet users appreciate.
Many websites provide users with a digest email or overview when monitoring resources. The basic concept isn’t new, but Planetaki does it in a new way. Users can create a virtual ‘planet’ of their favorite websites. The user is given a glimpse of recently added content so they can decide if they want to view more or visit the site. Planetaki can save users a lot of time without reducing content intake each day.
Planetaki utilizes a sleek, modern design that looks great yet remains simple. The homepage provides a taste of user planets, with dramatic colors and a clean layout. User planets vary based on the background pattern, image or color the user chooses. The general structure remains the same, with a vertical row of content appearing neatly in individual boxes. Planetaki makes it easy for users to review all their favorite websites with a glance.
A new user can get started by clicking the orange “Create your planet” link along the right side of the homepage. The form on the next page asks for a planet name, desired planet address, public or private setting, preferred language, email address and a password. The user is automatically logged into their new planet and can begin adding websites after submitting the form.
Planetaki is available to everyone at no cost. There are no subscription fees and the user doesn’t have to pay for any features. Each user receives the same level of access. The application doesn’t limit customization options. This is definitely a good choice on the part of Planetaki’s creators. The application is practical and convenient, but doesn’t offer a service that most internet users would be willing to pay for.
Planetaki is ideal for anyone who frequents websites on a daily basis. Anyone who visits multiple sites can appreciate the convenience of Planetaki. The user can combine all the sites they read regularly into one, clean web page. The application also offers customization options so users can personalize the experience. Free access is just one more reason to try Planetaki. Visitors who do not read websites regularly will find little of interest.