Scrapplet is a new web page creator that’s either incredibly easy to use or incredibly complicated, depending on who you ask. Here’s the basic idea. Users get a free web page that they can decorate anyway they like. It’s kind of like the old GeoCities that way. But Scrapplet is all Web 2.0, in that you can easily add audio, video, and links to your social networking profiles on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and so on.
The way you put together web pages is also interesting. You can add elements like pictures, embedded YouTube videos, or even embedded web pages with just a few clicks. Then you can rearrange elements by dragging and dropping them. Or you can right click on an element to delete it or modify its properties.
Want to use some custom HTML code in the header? You can do that too.
But what really sets Scrapplet apart from other web page builders is that you can embed your entire Scrapplet page on another web site. For example, you could create a Scrapplet page that your local newspaper’s front page, weather forecast, and stock news and then embed it in your Facebook profile.
To be honest, the number of options available is a bit overwhelming, and I found it hard to figure out how to do basic things like change the background color of various widgets. But if you’re looking for a highly customizable way to build a Netvibes like personal start page or a GeoCities like web site, you might want to check out Scrapplet.
The service offers free accounts which are supported by an ad (which visitors can make go away by clicking). You can also create an ad-free page for $9.95 a month, but at that point you might want to think about paying for a more full featured web hosting plan.