The new Netvibes Ginger launched into a private beta yesterday, and the Netvibes team was kind enough to give us non-testers a glimpse at what it’s all about.  I know for some of you, it’s going to be hard to just sit by and wait for the final release which is expected to come in January, but I think the wait will be worth it. Ginger is all about socialization, so as you can imagine, most of the features are “social.” Here’s what you can expect:

  • Over 150,000 premium widgets available to help you save space on your start page
  • Import and export info from your social networks like your Facebook friends
  • Listen to webradios
  • Save up to 2GB worth of “stuff” with your free storage
  • Use widgets to access your drive and then share documents on your page
  • Save/share blog posts, pictures, and other things that you come across on the web
  • All starred items will be visible in your activities timeline with the option to make that timeline public

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I think one of the most anticipated features will be the 2GB of free storage where you can upload pretty much anything you’d like so that you can easily share with family and friends. Assuming there are privacy settings, I think people should be pretty happy with this. My only concern with Ginger is the fact that it is all about being social, and I think some people may be getting “socialed” out. There are so many social sites out there and so many different ways to be social that I’m not sure that the masses are looking for another way to share documents and other files with friends.

At this point, I don’t see any way to get yourself invited into the beta.  They say they’ll continue to add more users until the launch in January, so if you have an account, I suggest you just sit back, relax, and be patient. Hopefully they’ll get around to upgrading you to the new Ginger Version soon…