Will you miss the iGoogle homepage, and for those of us that will what are some alternatives?

stylor

One thing about Google is that it isn't afraid to kill off its offerings. The first thing to greet me when I've started my PC for the past 5 years is my iGoogle page, the customizable . It is the easiest way I've found to have the news headlines I'm interested in, my gmail inbox, weather, a calculator, etc. all in one place. Along with my cup of coffee, it is how I start my day. Apparently, not for much longer, though - I got a message that Google is taking my iGoogle away. :-(

Maybe I'm one of the few devotees, and that's why it is going away. Whatever the reason, I will miss it. Are there any other choices out there that allow you to have a customized start page like iGoogle? Sure, there is Yahoo, but frankly, I can't stand it, it doesn't allow the customization of iGoogle and I don't use yahoo email. Any other options that anyone is happy with? And why do you think Google is getting rid of iGoogle?

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nchristine
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I used to use it much like you do, but over the past year or so I've drifted away from it and tend to just log into Google, then use the tabs at the top of the page to go to google+, search, news, images, etc.  It isn't as handy as the iGoogle page though where everything is grouped for you (and by you).  Probably the best choice if you want to retain the single page with widgets, news feeds, and so on is Netvibes.  You can even set up panels for your Google Calendar and the Google News categories that you select.  

jimlynch
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I was going to suggest Yahoo, that's the only other one I've used. Those portal type pages are really outdated at this point anyway. Most people would use an RSS reader to get headlines instead of going to a web page portal.

You might want to check out some RSS readers for your operating system. There's bound to be a good one out there, and some are even free. Once you get used to getting headlines that way you probably won't miss Google's offering much.

Thomas Paull

iGoogle will be missed, but really... Have you tried similar alternatives?You will be amazed of how interactive and different it is from all the normal and boring startpages out there. Not your average startpage, and definitely a great user interface.Have you tried  www.startific.com ?
Pedro Sienna
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I highly recommend www.portalpanel.com. With its new ,beautiful and neat design, it shows that it is not a copy of igoogle again.It’s a web-based online bookmarking tool with a unique link scanning feature that produces a picture thumbnail of each bookmarked page and also features a Calendar app and a Library app and RSS reader.It’s a great alternative to iGoogle and Google Reader. PortalPanel stores, labels and helps organizing bookmarks so they can be retrieved for later use easily any time.Meanwhile you can easily import you bookmarks from google bookmarks to portalpanel.Home PageRss Reader

 

 

 

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CalendarLibrary of useful websites

Rojin9
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I looked for an alternative for igoogle for a long time just like many of you are, until a friend introduced me to www.portalpanel.com.  I have been very happy with it.  I have set it as my homepage, so on one page I have everything I need. I have my facebook widget, my weather widget, my calendar, my news (RSS reader), a library of info and all my bookmarks.  I think PortalPanel has a very authentic and innovative approach and is the best fit for igoogle replacement.

I highly suggest you try it out and enjoy the user friendly features of it!

www.portalpanel.com

Strani
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A decent alternative to iGoogle is http://www.startme.com which is, in my experience, by far the fastest option for bookmarks and RSS feeds. And it allows you to import them from iGoogle.

David Mitchell
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I use Hinto, which is more like a mix between an Rss Reader and iGoogle.

Stechn
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I am using http://www.sevego.com. Easy and no signup. There is also android application.

Thomas Paull
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Since iGoogle is closing, any valid replacement is welcome. But, in my opinion why settle with just a replacement? If you want a real UPGRADE that add value to your startpage, I warmly recommend to everyone, to try www.startific.com

It’s a brand new platform, and an upgrade from many points of views.

Papas
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If you liked IGoogle i created an extension to replace it. It's called IGooR (for IGoogle Replacement)

 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/igoor/ofmjncidpfcmhdglcdfmkjon...

 

No need to register on website (so it's faster)

 

You can add RSS, change background, get weather and integrated pages in frame.

 

I created this google chrome extension for myself so don't be rude if you don't liked it but comment are still welcomed

Andrew Youb
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I spent some good time on some of the available alternatives I tired igHome, Portopage, Symbaloo and uTrust and PortalPanel. Each of them had their own advantages and disadvantages but after all PortalPanel seemed the most user friendly one. 

Rojin9
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I looked for an alternative for igoogle for a long time just like many of you are, until a friend introduced me to www.portalpanel.com.  I have been very happy with it.  I have set it as my homepage, so on one page I have everything I need. I have my facebook widget, my weather widget, my calendar, my news (RSS reader), a library of info and all my bookmarks.  I think PortalPanel has a very authentic and innovative approach and is the best fit for igoogle replacement.

I highly suggest you try it out and enjoy the user friendly features of it!

www.portalpanel.com

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