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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

iGoogle is going away: alternatives that may work

iGoogle has been our home page for perhaps 5 years -- the default web page shown when a browser cranks up. It may be yours, too. Favorite links, an appointment calendar, weather in places all over the country, top news stories, schedules for movies showing locally, and more. What's not to like?

Google tells me that iGoogle will not be available after November 1, 2013.

What are the alternatives? One is to just use my browser.

But there are more full-featured possibilities. Here are some that I found, with a little searching. I haven't tried any of them yet, so I'll just list them, with no annotation:

Netvibes

AllMyFaves

Protopage

MyYahoo!

MyHomeMSN

uStart

I hope one of them will work as well as iGoogle has.

Thanks for reading.

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As of January 10, 2013, I have tried some of the above, but am now running FVD Speed Dial, which lets me set up a screen full of icons that I make, from the web site's web page. I have set my FVD page up to open automatically whenever I open a new tab. My FVD Speed Dial page can be synchronized across computers. The program is free, and works with both Firefox and Google Chrome.

11 comments:

FancyHorse said...

I have Yahoo, and I like it. I did have ATT but they merged with Yahoo. It has news headlines; I get international, national, and local, plus weather and email and other things but that's all I use.

Martin LaBar said...

I'm guessing that I'm going to go with MyYahoo, too. Thanks.

Keetha Broyles said...

Of course Google told us that the OLD blogger interface was going away - - - but I have refused to change to the new, not liking it nearly as well as the old - - - in fact I'm still using the one TWO olds back, and it hasn't gone away even though they said it would

Not yet anyway.

Sometime I think they TELL us these things to make us switch to the "new" (and in their young whipper snapper programers opinions improved) programs but in reality, they leave the old alone.

We shall see - - -

Martin LaBar said...

That's true, Keetha. However, in this case, Google seems to have made its plans to stop iGoogle so firm that I'm planning to go with an alternative.

Anonymous said...

They said Orkut was going away and that is still there too...not that I (or anyone else) ever use it lol

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Anonymous. I don't use Orkut, either, in fact I don't know what it does!

Racheal said...

Martin, switch to startme. I found it very useful as igoogle alternate. Share your thoughts

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Rachael. I'm OK with FVD Speed Dial, for now, anyway.

Jonathan said...

Having seen the suggestion above when I first read this, I did give http://www.start.me a try and it has worked really well for me. It lets me do what I need to do and looks nice too.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Jonathan. I'm glad it works for you. That's two votes for it. I'm sticking with FVD Speed Dial, at least until it goes away.

Martin LaBar said...

Actually, I'm taking a look at www.start.me, and may change to it.

Thanks again.