iGoogle Alternatives – Find a New Start Page Before Google Shutdowns iGoogle in 2013


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It’s a sad day for iGooglers because Google is going to axe iGoogle in November 1, 2013. Google gave  iGooglers 16 months to move on and find a new start page. There are only few worthy iGoogle alternatives left in 2012 unlike 5 years ago.

iGoogle

I still remember between 2005 and 2007 — these AJAX start pages keep on popping up like wild mushrooms and I know there will come a point that the bubble will burst. The decline seemed gradual as more mobile devices replaced desktop.

Google wants to focus on Chrome and Android platform in giving personalized information or dashboard and I agree with Google that today’s web and mobile apps gives you more personalized real-time information at your fingertips and you don’t need to look at your start page most of the time, or it totally replaced the need for start pages or home pages. This is the reason I predominantly use Android — widgets.  However, for the majority who are still using desktop as their primary tool in getting things done, there is still room for iGoogle alternatives.

iGoogle Alternatives

The following are some  iGoogle Alternatives that is worth reviewing if you are coming from iGoogle.

Netvibes

iGoogle Alternative - Netvibes

From (re)mix everything to dashboard everything, Netvibes remains my number favorite in start page / personal dashboard website. In fact I have been using Netvibes since 2005 and it remains my top choice in this category.

There are many things that make Netvibes unique from all other start pages because it supports  premium features for dashboard intelligence. It gives you tools for collaboration, curation, sentiments analysis and analytics. I think they coined the term “dashboard intelligence”  to position their service along business intelligence. With real-time monitoring it can be used for brand monitoring, e-reputation management, product marketing, community portals and just about everything where you want to use dashboard.

Protopage

iGoogle Alternative - Protopages

Protopage is a decent iGoogle alternative based in London, UK. It still has a beta feel to it even though it’s about 7 years old now. You can say that it has survived the test of time and still thriving.

If you are looking for widgets and feed aggregation, Protopage got it all.

MyYahoo

MyYahoo sample homepage

MyYahoo is the only remaining portal/start page coming from a major media and internet company. Microsoft already closed Live (my.live.com) way back in March 2010. iGoogle will follow soon in November 2013. If you are using Yahoo services, it is still a great alternative to iGoogle but you are limited with Yahoo services  only.

Some of the lesser known alternatives are symbaloo.cominbox.comkiiosk.com24eyes.comwebwag.com and nowsy.com

The Start Pages Deadpool

Wonder what happened to other start pages? They are dead.

  • Eskobo
  • Goowy
  • Live (my.live.com)
  • Pageflakes
  • Zoozio

Pageflakes is one of the promising competitor out there but due to several outages, lagging behind competition and stale product development, it was discontinued on January 2012.

I am sure more AJAX start pages will join the graveyard soon but iGoogle will join the party sooner.

Opinion

I think iGoogle should have been transformed into a new product or service. With the explosion of big data and the increase number of new media, there is still a need for a place or dashboard to aggregate these pieces and chunk of information. By filtering the noise and giving options customization it could serve as a personal dashboard.

Maybe Google has a bigger plan. Who knows?

What’s your thought about this? Is start pages and personal dashboard dead?

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  • DoItRite

    I’ve been using iGoogle for several years. It’s easily updatable, hugely customizable and works with many browsers. The real reason for pulling the plug?

    Not enough money in it! Google doesn’t realize that people switching to yahoo will use all of yahoo’s other services too, including search and shop.

    Sort of reminds me of Netflix a few months ago. They’ve never recovered.

    • http://www.vexite.com/ Marck

      I think what you just explained is the very reason why Google is burying Google Reader in Google navigation menu. There’s not much money in it.

      iGoogle is great when you are using a lot of Google services. I used it myself but I left it because Google did not improved in several years. Look at Netvibes. It actually diversified to business analytics and I think it is successful so far.

  • SecondOne

    I have gone with Netvibes privatepage, the free version. Just set it all up so it looks like my iGoogle homepage and I’m very happy, needs a little tweaking but I think its actually better than iGoogle

    • http://www.vexite.com/ Marck

      I have tried almost every start pages and dashboard out there, and I find Netvibes the best. Sure, iGoogle has native support to everything Google but you can create your custom widgets in Netvibes using the HTML widget.

  • i

    First Youtube Channel and now Igoogle,fuck you !!!

  • Xaromir

    Google is behaving like a swarm of Locust, they harvested the market and now they leave barren fields, and many people wondering where to go now. Google will surely lose my business altogether.

    • http://www.vexite.com/ Marck

      Great analogy. This is clearly a negative side effect of Google’s business model. On the flip side, reducing the number of products will let Google focus on other useful projects…. but I don’t believe iGoogle is a useless product. It could have been so much better if proper resources were allocated to it.

      • Xaromir

        Well, i think they are saving money on the wrong end. iGoogle was my starting point and my Hub, and without it Google will lose quite a bit of visibility in my daily life, and actually i don’t see why i should keep using Google’s products without it, i’m sure many think differently but i’m sure i’m not alone with that opinion either. I’m especially sad for people like my mother; iGoogle was a particularly good product for people of advanced age, it always was accessible and easy to use, though it was rather versatile. Well, i still hope they will announce a similar follow-up product, it wouldn’t be the first time that happened.

  • http://twitter.com/vmurzik vmurzik

    try http://linkunfold.com. Not iGoogle, but if you twitter user, it will let you read all your links from the same interface as message.

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