What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page?

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What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Druid 22 7/5/12 9:13 PM
I go to my igoogle homepage 20 times a day at least to check email, news, stocks, weather, etc.  It is wonderful -  I love this.  Now it is going away - why?  What does google suggest I use as an alternative to this one-click paradise?  Jumping around to different apps that give me the same info?  Why make my life harder?  Isn't google commited to a simple, easy experience?  What should I use now?  Can I transfer my current igoogle profile to whatever fabulous new all they recommend?  I am way bummed.  Why fix something that is not broken?  Call me a cynic, but I am guessing it has something to do with corporate profits.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? george1_lol 7/6/12 7:13 PM
This is not an alternative to the aggregation that iGoogle does.  As the OP said, you are making life harder for us.  Besides, the more extensions and web pages used present a memory and speed issue.  

I like to have news aggregated on one page, headlines from NYTimes, CNN, HuffPost, Fox and even Google Top Stories, a few different blogs, etc..  Why should I have to go to the separate web sites? to get what is available to me now on one page that I have set up?

News is just one example.  Personally I use 3 pages with iGoogle, 1 for news, 1 for tech headline and 1 for some miscellaneous things.

Google is wrong to think iGoogle is not useful and that everyone should go to separate sources to get the information they desire.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? rbw45 7/7/12 6:38 AM
dingus level 14 talk gibberish.
me no Computer God.
me human.
me no want invent wheel again.
friend Ogg do that moons ago.
me like simple life.
iGoogle satisfy me needs
no want spend hours do again
me use firefox
chrome not part of me life
me love iGoogle
me woman love iGoogle
we unhappy
we disappointed

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? SaveiGoogle.org 7/7/12 7:08 AM
The following thread lists several alternatives: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!searchin/websearch/newsfeedgadget/websearch/qVF3Obt6SZY/JorTHvvgfL4J

You can also look to http://saveigoogle.org for resources and petitions.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? rjohara 7/7/12 7:41 AM
I switched to Netvibes and have been very pleased with it, and have never looked back. You can export all your iGoogle content to Netvibes via an "OPML" file. I've posted instructions here:


It's a fairly painless switch, and you'll be running and Google-independent in no time.

--a former iGoogle user

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MARKCBET 7/7/12 5:13 PM
Think Dingus works for Google, or has shares, or just doesn't care about the home page experience. His advice on using Chrome and the store is ludicrous
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? B3RyL 7/7/12 5:22 PM
Second that! Chrome and its extensions do not provide similar functionality to iGoogle. Google+ is also usless for us. In fact, no other Google product emulates the usability of iGoogle. Sorry.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? costi 7/7/12 6:06 PM
If I'm using someone else computer, I may not want to download a program/Chrome. I do not like the idea! I am trying to use protopage
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MARKCBET 7/7/12 6:57 PM
But Chrome does not provide the functionality and simultaneous presentation that nearly everyone bar you is seeking.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Thomas P. 7/7/12 7:24 PM
I'd recommend Netvibes or Protopage (more details in https://plus.google.com/105563542992664756238/posts/ibcjCHxmS2y )
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MARKCBET 7/7/12 7:39 PM
Dingus  Learn some English to go with your google corporate speak!! 'Bar' of course as most literate infants would know means 'apart from' in this context - ie: as in 'bar you everyone seems to have sensible comments to make'! 
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? B3RyL 7/7/12 8:03 PM
What if the computer in question doesn't have Chrome installed, and the user doesn't have administrative rights? And again, chrome's extensions do not provide similar functionality.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/7/12 9:23 PM
Dingus,
Can you recommend Chrome apps or extensions that can provide the following information all on one page?

- News
- Alabama College Football
- SEC scores
- NCAA scores
- Local weather forecast
- Stock quotes
- Dilbert cartoon
- Local movie listings
- Google calendar agenda
- Gmail
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/7/12 9:25 PM
Oh, also news from Space.com, together with the same page that I just listed.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/7/12 11:56 PM
Dingus, everything I've found in a store simply creates an icon.  Nothing I have found in the store will place the CONTENT for everything I've listed one one page.  Unless you have a suggestion, then it's back to my.yahoo.com for me, because they can do 90% of iGoogle.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/8/12 12:17 AM
Dingus,

App icons are not the same as a web portal.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/8/12 12:34 AM
"There might even be an extension in the Chrome Webstore that allows you to expand the functions of the New Tab page to allow for more websites or even an iGoogle webpage layout stayle-type extension."

I have looked, and have yet to find it.   Yes, I'm attached.  It is a very efficient form, much more-so than clicking app icons or extenion icons.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/8/12 12:38 AM
Even on my smartphone, I have important content gathered all on the same page.   It's utterly stupid to need to click icons and wait for the app to open to see the content.  That reminds me of Windows, circa 1994.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MARKCBET 7/8/12 4:31 AM
DINGUS   You really are arrogant as well as deliberately obtuse. I thought that you organised the closing of those threads. Everyone khows you are a google spokesman trying to disguise propaganda with off-point advice, threats and illiterate personal attacks. You are a troll not a helper.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? B3RyL 7/8/12 5:49 AM
Dingus,

It would be quicker if you just said: "Sorry, I can't help you" but being Google's minister of propaganda, you had to stuff your post with nonsensical gibberish - how you can add space.com to the new tab, even though simple Firefox bookmarks menu provide the same functionality and take up less space. And having all of those pages open in tabs and saving your session for the next time you open your browser is equally nonsensical and unhelpful. The whole point is Chrome does not provide the same or even similar functionality to iGoogle. Deal with it.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? B3RyL 7/8/12 2:54 PM
Nice find, Dingus.

I can't believe I've missed it. This actually looks promising. But there's a couple of things I'd love to see in the future:
1. More widgets - most of them are just classic short cut buttons which do not emulate iGoogle's gadgets' functionality.
2. Better widgets - most of the ones that actually are like gadgets, have something wrong with them (they don't update, are not configurable, etc.)

I'm sure, if it catches on, the above problems will be sorted in a year or so. BUT - it still requires you to use Chrome (as it's just a replacement for New Tab Page), so no cross-browser support. AND it's entirely run by the public, and not by Google - which could prove either a good, or a bad thing (They may just loose interest, or get snatched by Google and abandon the project prematurely).

So, as I currently plan to stick to iGoogle for the reminder of the 'sunsetting' period, I will keep an eye on this project and see where it goes. It's certainly worth recommending for people who are confident, that every computer they use will have Chrome installed (I'm most certainly not).

Thanks, Dingus for sharing something useful :)
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Thomas P. 7/8/12 4:22 PM
B3RyL,
Get of iGoogle a.s.a.p.: When Google makes changes (as they always do) then things tend to break - and when a doomed product breaks, then Google isn't going to give priority to fixing it (I know this from experience with past killed Google products).
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? B3RyL 7/8/12 4:47 PM
That's why I like this New Tab replacement - it's not taken care of by Google, but by the community. As I said before, it might be good thing, it might be a bad thing - only time will tell.

And I am considering quitting on iGoogle, just not yet. I'll wait and see how this whole situation unfolds. Plus it's unlikely it's going to break - Google virtually abandoned iGoogle back in July 2011, and it's been fine so far. But thanks for the advice!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/8/12 6:02 PM
Thanks Dingus.  I played with it for 20 minutes.  It has potential, but it's not there yet.  I can do weather and some news, but it's not there yet.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Jessica S. 7/8/12 6:25 PM
Hi MARKCBET,

While disagreements happen and opinions differ in the forum, please be respectful and diplomatic.  As a point of clarification, all Google employees are denoted with a Google badge like my own.  I appreciate your cooperation.  

Thanks,
Jessica
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mp1a 7/9/12 3:41 AM
Why is this marked as answered?  It most clearly is not.  Google currently has no offering that can replace iGoogle?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? oldsage 7/9/12 4:04 AM
Where's your data to support the proposition that "most people" have transitioned to using browser extensions?  The evidence from this forum is that many people still rely on iGoogle and are devastated by this decision.  I have some difficulty in following the argument you are offering because of the odd syntax you employ but it seems that you are saying that everything I have on my iGoogle home page can be found by using the Google bar on Chrome, but this does not offer the same "page at a glance" experience of iGoogle.  On one page I can see everything I am interested in and quickly scan for e-mail, news items, calendar appointments, etc.  With Google bar I have to pull in separate apps to do this - this is NOT the same experience. 
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? B3RyL 7/9/12 4:35 AM
Chrome offers a community run extension called Awesome New Tab Page: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mgmiemnjjchgkmgbeljfocdjjnpjnmcg - it offers a similar experience to iGoogle, through the use of Widgets.

The project is still in its infancy though, so there's not nearly as many Widgets as there are iGoogle gadgets. But if you're a die-hard Google fan and don't mind using Chrome as your default browser, you might want to follow this one, because it could go big, now that iGoogle is scheduled for closure.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? oldsage 7/9/12 5:48 AM
As a number have said - it's down to money - iGoogle doesn't deliver ad revenues, so it goes.   I've tried out NetVibes and Protopage as alternatives - I find the latter more user-friendly; very easy to get going and has some of the same widgets as iGoogle, such as a calendar (very basic but easy to use) and a clock. I also have a My.Yahoo page and will be looking to see how to personalise that to the same extent.  If this goes ahead, I'll be dropping Chrome and going back to Firefox and I'll be removing Google's search boxes from my Web sites that have about half-a-million visits a year, and pulling Google Ads from some of the pages - there are a few things we can do to hit back against this decision.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? lth2h 7/9/12 7:04 AM
Sorry but Awesome New Tab  Page isn't a solution.

First it is Chrome only, so if you're using another browser you're out of luck.

Second, there doesn't seem to be a way to add an RSS feed except for a few select "news widgets" and an xkcd widget.  

Third, the gmail widget can't be sized beyond a 4x4 box which is too small to see more than one or two emails (if you've got 40 emails in the morning that's a problem).  Plus this morning it seems broke giving an Error 2 (net::ERR_FAILED): Unknown error.

Fourth finding widgets for it in the "Google Play" store is next to impossible.  I don't know if it is because the widgets don't exist or if the store doesn't know how to display just ANTP compatible.  Either way it means there's nothing for it.

Any one of these problems is a deal breaker for me. 
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MARKCBET 7/9/12 7:19 AM
 Dear Jessica,
As you may have seen I have left google forums but a friend drew my attention to your post. Since you write respectfully and identify yourself as a google employee I shall respond in kind. If you read Dingus's posts you will readily see how offensive he has been. Yet I have seen no post from you challenging his behaviour. This is a clear example of bias on your part I am afraid and it just underlines google's lack of consideration for its current and former devotees. I am glad to see B3Ryl and Dingus have to some extent buried the hatchet. But please do not try to pull the wool over your user's eyes. The day before yesterday Dingus intervened in a concerted way in numerous tabs using advice as a cover for spreading the corporate google line. If he had been open about his tactics I would not have needed to challenge him. But if you read back all the threads he hijacked you will see that most were political criticisms of google and not requests for advice. Since both B3Ryl and I were responding to these political points we were respecting the rules of the forum. In Dingus' s attempts to promote other google products and wilfully to misread others real concerns he was guilty of breaching forum etiquette. He has nonetheless received no rebuke from a google employee (I dont know if you are acting as such or are merely intervening in a personal capacity). If you are acting for google you have no justification for criticising me and letting Dingus get away scot free with his tactics, abuse and clear attempts to gag free speech. This is either a public forum with freedom of expression or it is not. Google has no business singling out one contributor for criticism and thus leaving the originator of foul tactics unrebuked. Shame on you google, I am hugely annoyed that I have had to return to respond to this biassed post. I am now signing out again (once more I hope finally). Your tactics have further alienated at least one former google afficianado. In conclusion, and I am hugely pleased to see that B3Ryl's excellent contributions continue and indeed grow still better day by day. If google had any sense they would pin B3Ryl's FAQ contribution to the head of the forum. It is a splendidly unbiased provision of important information.    Thank you   Mark  
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? B3RyL 7/9/12 7:20 AM
Hey lth2h,

Great most of the Widgets are searchable by typing "antp" into search box, because the advice for developers is to include this tag in the widget's name. It may have broken, because of increased traffic - I cannot tell you for certain, because I'm not the one taking care of the project.

And I never said it's equally good, just that it has potential - it still needs a lot of work to resemble iGoogle, but I think if you can put up with being stuck with Chrome, it's worth checking out form time to time, to see the progress they've made. That's it.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? elleestfolle 7/10/12 12:46 AM
As a Chrome user (Yes, I bought the farm. #fail), I've found that extensions can be GIANT MEMORY suckers. In order to add extensions that do everything that igoogle does, I think I'd have to kill all other applications. Chrome +extensions is not a solution. In fact, Chrome on my work computer, laptops and home desktop all have iGoogle as the home page. Should tell you something, I think. 

Things that make you go, "Hmmm."
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? faedrake 7/10/12 12:34 PM
I am not pleased with the suggestion that extensions would ever be an appropriate alternative to my igoogle homepage. I use more than one desktop computer (home, work, relatives, etc). I'm not going to set up the perfect igoogle-style page only to have to repeat the process for each computer I use. Then, repeat it yet again whenever I want to tweak something...

I bought my parents a desktop computer just a couple of months ago and set them up with a nice igoogle page. Yet, the need is eroding? How disappointing. If Google wants to do a better job of monetizing the igoogle product, fine, great, just allow its functionality to continue. If google wants to create some kind of cloudPage, that works too. But, extensions are not the answer.

It appears that non-google products are the only true alternatives for replicating the igoogle experience.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Xyxzxyz 7/13/12 4:31 AM
I understand that you can countless others are attached to the single page layout. 

It's quicker, easier to view all the information you want to see on one page.

The extensions, you can select the icon and then get the information quickly as you would if you were browsing a gadget module and selecting links from within it.   

Require more clicks, more load time. Going through each apps to find the information you want to see is simply waste of time. I really do not see this is "quickly".

It's no different than telling people to use a matchbook instead of lighter.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MamaPaka 7/13/12 11:59 AM
"Me, too!" just isn't adequate to express my frustration with this proposed change.  I've wasted too much time over these past two days trying to make Google Chrome work for me and looking for an alternative.  I'm bailing out.
  • Google Chrome may be a fine interface for mobile devices, but I have none nor do I want any.  I have the communications tools that meet my needs and do not need to follow trends. With iGoogle, I have exactly what I need and want for any contact I care to have with the Internet.  My computer screen does not need to mimic someone else's telephone.
  • Google Chrome is not as user friendly or adaptable as some seem to think.  For example, I prefer to have my homepage theme show tropical beach-y colors and images.  I spent way too much time yesterday trying to get something even close to what I wanted.  I looked in the themes section and found that I had to scroll and scroll and SCROLL to try to view the selections.  Getting bored with that, I tried search (Google's strong point?).  As it turns out, I couldn't search for "beach" within themes to find some suitably soothing background.  Instead I got games and other "apps" with "beach" in the title (or not, in some cases) but no themes even remotely related to a beach.  Ugly, strong colors, garish images--not what I want to look at when I hit my home page.  With iGoogle, I have water and sky and and otherwise clean interface.  It didn't take half an hour of searching to get it.  Don't get me started on how much time I wasted trying to find decent news feeds or weather results.
  • As it happens, I am literate.  Indeed, I am literate in more than one language.  Letters on a screen make sense to me.  I CAN READ.  Indeed, I can read words faster than I can decipher the images of assorted corporate logos that are used as icons for "apps" on Chrome's so-called homepage.  We could argue (let's not) about the international utility of having non-verbal symbols representing these "apps" for a multilingual consumer base, but that is not the point.  To deal with those symbols, I must learn a new language--not slowly as the need arises, but quickly because I will (in a few months) lose access to my preferred web content in my preferred language.  From a global perspective, that may be fair.  From where I sit, it's just another way in which I am being forced into a one-size-fits-all mold.  We are not amused, if you catch my drift.
  • Not to be repetitive, but I can read.  I can scan headlines and images (as I have them ever so handily laid out on my iGoogle pages) far faster than I can decipher one "app's" logo, click it, and then scan through the assorted sections of information presented until I eventually find the section on health news that was all I wanted to see, and could have been done with comparative ages ago, on iGoogle.  Even with the four basic "apps" that show up on Chrome's homepage at startup, I don't use half of them and the rest are useless because I have to click them to see whether I actually need to be looking at them.

I've looked at several alternatives, found one that looks like it will do for me, so I'm going to try it for a couple of weeks before I delete iGoogle entirely.  Sometimes change is good.  I left Yahoo for iGoogle because Yahoo couldn't change fast enough.  Now Google is changing a little too fast for me.  Love ya, Google, but sometimes a girl just has to say "NO!"

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? vwar 7/13/12 1:43 PM
exactly!! :) Not everyone is hyper-computer-ese fluent!! Let us stay with what we have - - you're telling me that there aren't adequate platforms or abilities to maintain the igoogle opening pages we've set up...rather than going through a million steps to try to rebuild something we don't even want?? I'm not a geek, but I sure don't want to spend hours waddling through the proposed apps (I have already perused for a couple of hours) and it all seems extremely juvenile, anime-crap that's visually overbearing!!!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? 808 7/13/12 9:34 PM
I agree 100%!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Run4TheCup 7/17/12 9:39 AM
To anyone looking for alternatives, I'm the cofounder of Skim.Me. We let you follow your favorite sites and apps from one place. It's a different design format than the dashboard and widgets you're used to with iGoogle (a better way to consume information in our opinion) but if you're interested in a possible replacement, you can signup for a beta invite at http://skim.me. We'll be releasing the first version of the product soon. 
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Sharers 7/22/12 8:39 AM
5 alternatives to iGoogle, who should disappear in November 2013

Read more: http://www.sharingship.com/2012/07/5-alternatives-to-igoogle-who-should.html#ixzz21MmAB9D5 
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Sharers 7/22/12 8:40 AM
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MARKCBET 7/22/12 8:35 PM
To mama paka -   I quite agree with most of what you say but if you want any theme background (with customiseable skins) there is an app in google chrome web store (free) called My Chrome Theme. This will let you upload any image you want to provide a background - you are not restricted to existing themes at all. Just put my chrome theme in the webstore search box and you will find it. I have had some fun with it myself. Also if you log on to protopage you can customise your start page with any number of photos or other images including your own doodles, sketches or even paintings from paintbox or the like - just click on the photo widget (which does not require you to use urls at all. My custom page now has double the feeds, games, utilities that igoogle had plus about 30 of my own image boxes. I have set chrome to open with my protopage and the chrome interface in separate tabs so that I can toggle between the chrome page, where I have about 25 free apps, and the protopage at the touch of a button. I am actually finding it the best of both worlds. Why on earth google cant provide comprehensive advice about this sort of thing beggars understanding!


Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? zenpunk 11/3/12 1:09 PM
Basically, they are just trying to force everyone to use Chrome.  Simple as that.  iGoogle is so awesome and useful, it gives you all the info you want, on one page, no matter what browser, or even platform, you are on.  Google can't have that, so it must go.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Sir Rant-Alot 11/3/12 5:58 PM
GOOGLE ANSWER THESE PEOPLE IF YOU CARE AT ALL...
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Sir Rant-Alot 11/3/12 6:21 PM
OK its not the best alternative but there's always yahoo's homepage.. take a look,   if anything it might steer enough non - net savvy users away.. and that will be a good start
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Sir Rant-Alot 11/3/12 6:26 PM
also here is 12 alternatives to you tube. : http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-12-sites-watch-videos-youtube/    

google does not own the world.....    yet........
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? JoshB9 11/3/12 6:32 PM
This sucks..... I guess i'll still have 12 months of igoogle left. Im searching for alternatives...... http://www.gmailnotifier.se This works with windows 8. I'm trying to adapt to the metro start menu on windows already. This seems to be a pretty good app. I'm wondering if I can transform my start menu into a google like start page.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? JoshB9 11/3/12 6:46 PM
Nevermind!! I Just want to keep my iGoogle page. I dont want netvibes or what ever its called or anything else. igoogle has worked perfectly fine for me. So why do you need to trash it?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? T_F_S 11/5/12 8:47 AM
When at work, I rely on iGoogle, because we cannot install Chrome - It is a banned application, policed by Kaspersky Application Control. When I am at home, that is a different matter, and Chrome is my browser of choice.

The point about iGoogle, is that I can access it on ANY browser, on virtually any web connected device in the world. It requires no additional software to be installed, something which is often difficult in internet cafes and the like.

Chrome extensions and gadgets do not display the information all at once - each has to be clicked on individually in order to see the content.

Any replacement for iGoogle has to be available on all browsers. Not everyone wants to install Chrome, and some CANNOT install it.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Pixelburner 11/16/12 6:19 AM
I used to use My MSN as my customizable info aggregator and homepage. It is very similar to iGoogle in that you can add widgets, themes, and customize the layout. I found that iGoogle is slightly more flexible, which is why I switched.

However, if Google wants to crap on us iGoogle users, so be it. Back to the warm embrace of Microsoft it is ;)
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? shapatri 11/30/12 3:34 AM
This is very distressing to me...I love my igoogle homepage as well...guess I will see what other service providers have.  I do not like
icon designated sights.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Drop this Google Trap 1/14/13 3:41 PM
The Ideal of a Free and Open Internet has died. 
Those who oppose the machine will become part 
of the disenfranchised.
Yes, those with and those without.
The "New World" caste system. 
So sad, too bad, get out your fiat money 
and pay the Pharaohs of waste !!! 
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? jnie 1/22/13 5:35 AM
< 5 minutes going from igoogle to ustart.org as a startpage

Inserting www.ustart.org into browser address bar = 5sec.
Create ustart user = 20sec.
export from igoogle(before its too late) save the file, then import into ustart = 60sec.
Rearranging  the spaces = 30sec.

Never ever go back.




Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Rylan Praski 1/24/13 8:38 AM
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? World Without iGoogle 1/24/13 3:15 PM
This just plain old SUCKS. I have better thinks to do than reconfigure because google dictated the change!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Dean Mckeown 1/29/13 4:11 PM
I'd say use Yourport.com
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? sethblevins 2/25/13 8:22 AM
This does suck. I can not use extensions. I switch between computers on a daily basis, and need something entirely web based. The IG homepage has been the best thing for me for about 8 years.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Kimberly Hanson 2/27/13 12:07 PM
I agree, I live off my igoogle homepage to show me the weather, different news headlines, and what's in my inbox.  There isn't a phone app that will do all that in one, there is nothing out there to replace igoogle and the clock is ticking toward igoogle dooms day.  Why?  I pride myself in owning a droid phone, and anything google, but this is beyond dissapointing.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Sinbed 4/16/13 2:09 PM
Try this:
http://www.wepple.com/classic/
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Firearm 4/17/13 5:18 AM
http://www.ighome.com seems like a good option and is new and up and coming.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Lynn Spillane 4/17/13 11:05 AM
Why don't you want just questions? How about opinions?  Guess your fans don't
mean much to you, as there are so many.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Judy Rice 4/23/13 11:42 AM
I love Google, and my iGoogle page.  I can't believe you guys are pulling the rug out from under our feet!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mdmpress 5/25/13 4:14 PM
Try Ighome. I just spent a little time setting it up and it looks and feels like an almost exact replica of igoogle. The only gadget I couldn't get was Google Finance Portfolios. So, I added the Bookmark gadget and pasted the Google Finance Portfolio URL. Voila. Works perfectly. Have also set up NetVibes and MyYahoo startpages, but the Ighome is best.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? draygeaux 6/2/13 3:32 AM
I would say it has more to do with the Government wanting Google to give it all customer info. But I'm just being Paranoid right. We all know the Gov. never spies on it's citizens, i.e. IRS, Justice Dept etc.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? MacWheeler 6/6/13 3:55 PM
If Google is taking down a service that is liked as much as iGoogle then they have declared that they don't care about the users. I think Coke did the same thing with New Coke. That was a disaster too.

I will keep using iGoogle for as long as it is available. As soon as it's gone, I am going to Bing.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? huggalot 6/21/13 1:05 PM
I agree 1000% and have expressed to google my deep resentment to deleting the best page ever including google chrome.  It seems that the two platforms can be merged to allow us igoogs to not feel abused by the masters at the top of the hill. (hugga...@gmail.com
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? dhrose 6/24/13 1:08 PM
Most of the alternatives are... ironically, less elegant, functional and well just not as good. The fact that Google has created the best personal browser page and is now removing it is an example of new technology for the sake of staying "new." Rather than find out what the user wants, (you know, the way they used to develop products) we now have this relentless drive to do the "next thing" whether it has real value or not.

So, what if you don't spend your day "liking, sharing and connecting"... like Google apparently thinks you do or should. You might just want a page where you can see the most important information from the net in a single spot that you can quickly view and move on to your day's activities. Good idea! er, apparently it was... and still is based on the response. I've created pages in most of the alternatives and they are inferior. Poorly implemented at best, or just plain lousy. Does Google actually want me to use Google + as an alternative? My life revolves around computer use... but it's not my life!    

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? art friedman 6/24/13 6:06 PM
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 6/30/13 6:42 AM
I could not agree more.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? connie thompson 7/3/13 8:39 AM
I have been looking for a replace to my iGoogle page and have found one very similar called igHome.  It can be found at igHome.com.  It has a big disclaimer at the bottom that says it is NOT Google affiliated but has lots of similar or the same widgets.  Like my iGoogle page it is able to be personalized and is set up in a dashboard fashion.  It has links to FB, Twitter, Pinterest, email, etc. and looks like it is capable of using RSS and newsfeeds.  It even allows me to read my gmail from the home screen. The only thing that I see missing is the  nice picture/theme that I had on my Google page, but them=n again I may have just not found it yet.  I think I'm going to give it a trial run.  
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 7/3/13 6:45 PM
Well said, if a little verbose. For my money, "me too" in this context is more than adequate.

On Saturday, July 14, 2012 4:59:24 AM UTC+10, MamaPaka wrote:
> "Me, too!" just isn't adequate to express my frustration with this proposed change.  I've wasted too much time over these past two days trying to make Google Chrome work for me and looking for an alternative.  I'm bailing out.
> Google Chrome may be a fine interface for mobile devices, but I have none nor do I want any.  I have the communications tools that meet my needs and do not need to follow trends. With iGoogle, I have exactly what I need and want for any contact I care to have with the Internet.  My computer screen does not need to mimic someone else's telephone.
> Google Chrome is not as user friendly or adaptable as some seem to think.  For example, I prefer to have my homepage theme show tropical beach-y colors and images.  I spent way too much time yesterday trying to get something even close to what I wanted.  I looked in the themes section and found that I had to scroll and scroll and SCROLL to try to view the selections.  Getting bored with that, I tried search (Google's strong point?).  As it turns out, I couldn't search for "beach" within themes to find some suitably soothing background.  Instead I got games and other "apps" with "beach" in the title (or not, in some cases) but no themes even remotely related to a beach.  Ugly, strong colors, garish images--not what I want to look at when I hit my home page.  With iGoogle, I have water and sky and and otherwise clean interface.  It didn't take half an hour of searching to get it.  Don't get me started on how much time I wasted trying to find decent news feeds or weather results.
> As it happens, I am literate.  Indeed, I am literate in more than one language.  Letters on a screen make sense to me.  I CAN READ.  Indeed, I can read words faster than I can decipher the images of assorted corporate logos that are used as icons for "apps" on Chrome's so-called homepage.  We could argue (let's not) about the international utility of having non-verbal symbols representing these "apps" for a multilingual consumer base, but that is not the point.  To deal with those symbols, I must learn a new language--not slowly as the need arises, but quickly because I will (in a few months) lose access to my preferred web content in my preferred language.  From a global perspective, that may be fair.  From where I sit, it's just another way in which I am being forced into a one-size-fits-all mold.  We are not amused, if you catch my drift.Not to be repetitive, but I can read.  I can scan headlines and images (as I have them ever so handily laid out on my iGoogle pages) far faster than I can decipher one "app's" logo, click it, and then scan through the assorted sections of information presented until I eventually find the section on health news that was all I wanted to see, and could have been done with comparative ages ago, on iGoogle.  Even with the four basic "apps" that show up on Chrome's homepage at startup, I don't use half of them and the rest are useless because I have to click them to see whether I actually need to be looking at them.
> I've looked at several alternatives, found one that looks like it will do for me, so I'm going to try it for a couple of weeks before I delete iGoogle entirely.  Sometimes change is good.  I left Yahoo for iGoogle because Yahoo couldn't change fast enough.  Now Google is changing a little too fast for me.  Love ya, Google, but sometimes a girl just has to say "NO!"

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Eric Reed 7/8/13 9:00 AM
I still have my old MyYahoo! custom page. It predated iGoogle and has many custom addons. Even Gmail and facebook. It can be ysed as a custom homepage. too bad iGoogle is being killed; yahoo wins on this one.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Oscar Kimes 8/3/13 1:22 PM
Remember back in the 1980's  -  I WANT MY MTV.

In 2013  -  I WANT MY iGOOGLE HOMEPAGE TO STAY.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 8/3/13 5:58 PM
There is a very old saying we have in Australia...." If it aint broke, don't fix it!"

I cant imagine that igoogle is broken. Of all Google services, this and "search" is by far the most useful to me and to many of those to whom I have spoken. As for going over to some variant on Chrome .....not interested. Sure, there are look alike alternatives but why bother? Keep it simple stupid.....(KISS)

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Thomas Paull 8/11/13 1:05 AM
An interesting alternative to iGoogle is also Startific. It displays icons and widgets, connects all your favorite links and all your bookmarks, etc and organize them into a pretty nice interface, like you probably haven't seen in a quite while, check it if you want at www.Startific.com
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Thomas Paull 8/11/13 1:09 AM
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mike-2013 8/13/13 3:05 PM
I use ww.dodego.com which is very user-friendly homepage.I'd recommend it to everyone.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? igoogle lover 8/15/13 1:57 AM
Hi Friends,
www.igoogleportal.com is one of the best igoogle alternative, it is wonderfully designed and have almost all the feature that igoogle have.

- Change Theme
- Add Gadgets
- Add RSS Gadget
- Developers can create themes and gadget and submit it like igoogle.
- Current igoogle themes and gadgets will work on igoogleportal.com so that compatibility is there. It means the gadget which is running on igoogle.com can run on igoogleportal.com, similarly you can use igoogle themes on igoogleportal.com.

You might have tried many igoogle alternative but igoogleportal.com stands best among all those are currently present out there.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 9/16/13 10:09 AM
Totally agree if it a'int broken why fix it.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Bill Brasky CDXX 9/17/13 1:45 AM
I am finished with Google, iGoogle, Gmaps (because of the damn idiotic removal of the Wiki layer) - pretty much all of it.  I suppose I will be grudgingly forced to utilize some Google resources as some defaults on my new platform/homepage, but it'll be well worth it, to avoid the problems of insidious ads glommed from my emails, widgets being abandoned for dead, and the sluggish loading of half-assed non-maintained widget junk that slowly became ad-heavy- which probably WAS the reason of the iGoogle abandonment, it was a data-hog.  As a longtime and ardent Google user-supporter, I feel betrayed.  Do no harm, my ass.  This functionality we currently enjoy at iGoogle can be replicated, but it took some lurking, searching, and to be honest, trust in the new source to respect my privacy and improve my online experience - something Google vowed to do, and ultimately failed.  It saddens me to see Google sliding towards irrelevancy and into the ranks of AOL's old-school service- which I'll never return to, either.  Next to be pushed overboard will be Chrome, once I lurk the tech blogs for the best-of-breed.  Thanks for the good times, Google, sorry to leave, but you leave me no choice.  ~Brasky
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Eric Reed 9/17/13 11:50 AM
@ Brasky:You didn't say what you replaced iGoogle with.... A good browser.....
Maxthon Browser is a powerful tabbed browser built for all users. Besides basic browsing functionality, Maxthon Browser provides a rich set of features to improve your surfing experience. It can open multiple Web pages in just one window.

And it only takes a little system resources when surfing with the integrated user interface. It also supports special plug-ins and IE extensions to let you have an enjoyable surfing experience.

Features:

Online Favorites Service: Access your Favorites content anywhere with Maxthon Online Favorites Service. The encrypted stand-alone Favorites file format can protect your privacy on a shared computer.
Tabbed Browsing: All the web pages are arranged as tabs inside main window to ease your navigation.
Mouse GesturesFHold right mouse button and perform the gestures to access common features such as Back, Forward, Refresh and Close Tab.
Super Drag&Drop: Type the keywords in Address Bar then press Enter to perform a search. Or simply drag & drop a keyword with your mouse.
Ad Hunter: Ad Hunter can efficiently clean up the web pages by stopping Popup Windows and removing Ad Content Blocks.
Fully Customizable: Plugins. Skins. Filter Packs. Multi-language
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/maxthon_4.html
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Bill Brasky CDXX 9/17/13 10:43 PM
I'm not sure which browser I'll use yet.  It'll depend on how compatible it is with the homepage I select, and visa-versa.  I want a "iGoogle-like" front page, which will probably end up being Refugee- I'm playing with that off and on.  I like it when things look properly seamless, and have never liked the rigid appearance of Firefox- which Maxthon seems to resemble.  Also, I don't agree with China's web policies, so its unlikely I'll use a Chinese-developed web portal - especially one that uses cloud hosting, and insists on syncing up all my shit.  I'm leaning towards Opera- which ironically is loaded with some Google developed features.  In the end, I really donno- this is like re-inventing the wheel, since I stupidly relied on Google's all-in-one philosophy for so long.  
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Iminei 9/22/13 4:01 AM
if its not broke..why fix it????????????
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? JR Thomas 9/24/13 7:17 PM
I've been using http://www.startme.com and I'm liking it so far. It has a simple design and allows me to keep my work links on one page, my private links on another, and so on.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Librarimin42 9/25/13 6:09 AM
OMG, Dingus very much lives up to his name in Australian vernacular at least. He really makes me want to swear at him/her/whatever. We understand he is perfectly happy with the state of affairs. He should try to understand that we are not and all his responses are irrelevant and maddening. Thanks everyone else who is combining justifiable outrage with reasonable advice instead of just heckling us. I appreciate the options suggested and am looking into them all - what a waste of my time! I will miss my igoogle but agree with the idea that a non-google alternative will at last soothe my feelings of abandonment and WTF, why?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 9/26/13 10:16 AM
Hi iGoogle lover, I have found igoogleportal.com but am a novice and don't know how to set it up similar to igoogle. Can you help. Thanks canalboat.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Eric Reed 9/26/13 12:12 PM
I have tried, and failed to do just that. No weather maps or radar. No ISS tracker. And for crying out loud NO GMAIL! WTH? I still recommend MyYahoo! as a start page/portal. At least on Yahoo I can see my Gmail preview. Laugh all you want at me, but it's true.Go to  http://us.my.yahoo.com/
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Susan Diane 9/30/13 8:55 AM
I agree why fix something that works great.  Also people who live in rural America where dialup is the only way to get the internet use the igoogle home page as their homepage.  Guess Google does not care about Rural America the heart of the US.  I do not know what to use now!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 9/30/13 3:34 PM
One can only hope that Google have something up their sleeve to surprise us. The Posted Igoogle portal.com alternative approaches but falls short as a replacement, ie no Google calendar, no world clocks, no google mail links for starters. Technical issues relating to resources use and speed, poor cross platform compatibility and loss of interest in Igoogle home page are cited as reasons for change. It would be great if Google came out with a concise and productive discussion on the issue together with a clear statement of what they intend as an appropriate alternative. As said, Igoogle portal.com if that is going to be the default alternative, whilst looking very similar, seems to fall far short unless the shortcomings are addressed.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? hollysden 10/1/13 3:57 PM
Same here.  I wish tech type people would realize there are still some of us that require communication to be in plain English rather than tech jargon.

Anyway, it is obvious that iGoogle was an ideal way to meet the needs of many users and that meeting our needs is of no concern to those who made the decision to eliminate it.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Knight12 10/2/13 2:02 AM
I am using personalized start page at http://www.domostra.com

It's not exactly the same as iGoogle, it's more like having a your desktop on the internet, you can write notes, place RSS readers and other widgets.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 10/2/13 5:15 AM
only one switch to igoogleportal.com as soon as you can..
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Andy Kopac 10/2/13 8:28 AM
How about igHome.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? hollysden 10/2/13 8:53 AM
Is iGoogle Portal actually different from iGoogle - because I could not sign into it or create a new account.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 10/2/13 8:56 AM
Hollysden.. you can not use your igoogle login detail to signin on igoogleportal.com.. you can quickly create your account.. and start using it.

enjoy...

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? hollysden 10/2/13 8:58 AM
I also tried to create a new account but when I copied the letters into the box, new letters appeared - indicating I had made a copying mistake - but no matter how many times I copied the letters the same thing happened.  I know I copied the letters correctly and I was never able to set up a new account.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 10/2/13 9:08 AM
Hi Hollysden,

I just now tried creating new account and i am able to.. i dont see any issue. for creating new account and entering the letters.... just type letters one more time... use chrome this time.. if any issue send me message on con...@igoogleportal.com and i will create account for you...

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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 10/2/13 5:21 PM
Creating an account is not an issue at all;that is simple.

The issue is that igoogleportal.com does not provide links to google calendar, google mail, world time and weather gadget to name several that I use in particular. Would it be difficult to add these? Other users should add to my list just to discover the extent of differences, assuming they have discovered similar "missing" gadgets.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? PaulusBru 10/3/13 12:53 AM
I agree wholeheartedly. I cannot understand why this has to change. I is a great system. I have a page of what I want set as I want it with a great background IMAGE!!! Now they tell me to back up all as it will be closing on 30th?? There to ...how...?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Rochelle Nasab 10/3/13 9:49 AM
I feel exactly the same way!! So frustrating.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? c meskee 10/3/13 10:25 AM
This is not a replacement, of any sort.  You are not taking a consumer-centric approach.  Instead you're saying, "We know what you want consumer and we don't need to listen to what your'e saying, just eat this and do as you're told."  Levitt, Drucker, Hell every marketing guru is quivering at your lack of responsiveness to your customers and you're "we know what you need better than you do" attitude.

We're saying, "We want portals, because they provide me with a huge variety of personally-tailored content on a single page."  You're telling us, "No you don't, here's what you want."  How ridiculous is that?  Why would an end-consumer care about giving "face time" to a full website when I only wish to see a portion of the website's content at any given point in time?

So here's the list:
- Google Drive < Skydrive
- Gmail < Outlook.com
- Chrome > IE

I used to have on that list that iGoogle > Yahoo or MSN Portals.  Now I'll probably hack together a Yahoo portal (yes, I know, I'm going back to a rather irrelevant dinosaur due to you're discontinuing a useful tool that I was choosing to use) and then use my own RSS feeds to get the other things I want.  Some functions I just won't have anymore, awesome...

Now, I get to try to hack together my own portal in order to get very quick feeds of the content I personally want to see on 1 easy to use view because you don't think I know what I want.  That's just great...

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? hollysden 10/3/13 7:09 PM
I'm confused - Will igoogle portal continue to work after they take down igoogle?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? me, absolutely 10/3/13 9:23 PM
Useless for Google to make me go to separate websites in an effort to make me see ads, I zap all ads with Adblock Plus.  So now I just will not see or use any google products at all.  Way to go, Google.  I once was one of your greatest fans.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Yung Raymond 10/3/13 11:07 PM
100% agreed
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 10/4/13 12:32 AM
If your needs are simple and igoogleportal.com does not evolve to match Igoogle, then igHome, though not as elegant, is a relatively good second best.Lots of news widgets, Google calendar seamless integration, an alternative world time widget, links to Google mail etc all there and the site is still evolving. All of that said, Google's apparent lack of communication on its rationale and abandonment of a still very solid user base is baffling. Money will have a significant part to play for sure.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Claudette John 10/4/13 1:25 AM
Me toot, me too, me too
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Claudette John 10/4/13 1:31 AM
What makes me REALLY unhappy is that I shall have to do a lot of work to set another aggregator. Being an incredibly loyal Google customer, I feel BADLY let down.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 10/4/13 4:01 AM
Hi Hollysden,

Yes igoogleportal.com will continue working after igoogle closed down. we are increase no. of users day... going forward we will keep on adding new gadgets to our users.. also developer are welcome to do so...

enjoy...

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? userguymobile 10/4/13 10:01 AM
You're an idiot.

Suggest EXACTLY how to migrate to something EXACTLY like igoogle

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? userguymobile 10/4/13 10:02 AM
OK, what is it?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Becky Dexter 10/4/13 1:56 PM
me too...I hate not having the birthday reminders and other fun stuff...
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Ben Mirchandani 10/5/13 5:34 AM
Me too. I am heartbroken
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Dhoovak 10/5/13 6:34 AM
Google dumping iGoogle will turn out about as well as Coca-Cola dumping the original Coke for "New Coke" ... not good!  I notice their suggestions are for sites that are not competitors.  Whether it's a good idea or not, I'm heading to Yahoo and hoping they will treat me like a valued user.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Elizabeth R.G. 10/5/13 7:04 AM
dingus,

Apart from your insulting remarks regarding "bar" -- which is proper and widely accepted usage throughout the educated, English-speaking world, but which may be used less frequently in your own country (e.g., if you are an American like me) -- you seem to have used "ensuring" for "ensuing." (Even "ensuing" would have been dubious when coupled with "before," as it usually refers to something that follows rather than precedes something else.)

Does it really advance your objectives, whatever they may be, to mock others for using the best English while you yourself construct pretentious sentences, accuse sincere people of "smarmy prattle," and -- in some of your posts -- throw in esoteric tech jargon that many of your readers do not understand?

Many iGoogle users are understandably distressed about the loss of this wonderful one-site resource for centralizing their favorite apps and RSS feeds. I don't know whom you represent, if anyone, but I can not believe that you are a Google employee as some have suggested. The concentration of fine minds and self-actualizing personalities at Google suggests to me that a Google representative would exhibit courtesy and empathy toward the countless iGoogle fans and appreciative Google-users who are mourning the loss of this fantastic resource and are wondering what alternatives may exist.

Why not explain any alternatives you recommend in a way that we untutored types outside such fields as IT and website development can actually understand and appreciate? You clearly have advanced, high-level knowledge of available options and could provide excellent help to those of us still groping around in the dark. OK, maybe we were dumb to immerse ourselves in the liberal arts, law, medical journalism, or any field other than yours -- but why not take pity on us and provide a little patient guidance in plain English?

You can disregard this post, of course, if you are someone who participates in forums such as this one simply for the pleasure of flaming and dumping on other people.  

Best,
Elizabeth

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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? hollysden 10/5/13 7:32 AM
Regarding this statement: "The concentration of fine minds and self-actualizing personalities at Google suggests to me that a Google representative would exhibit courtesy and empathy toward the countless iGoogle fans and appreciative Google-users" -

If such people do exist I assume they were not involved in making this decision to remove a service that so many Google users have come to value and depend upon - a decision that was made without soliciting any input from users or taking our needs into account.  To add insult to injury the only explanation we were given was a bunch of gobbledygook about why we supposedly don't need it anymore.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Elizabeth R.G. 10/5/13 7:57 AM
hollysden,

I can certainly see your point here. While I continue to admire so many people who have spoken for and from Google, I can not begin to understand this particular decision -- especially from a marketing and public relations perspective. Whatever went into the decision -- and it was clearly carefully planned long in advance of the "Day of Destruction"; at least we got plenty of notice -- the considerations and calculations involved are about as mysterious and obscure to me as is the priceless Google Search algorithm. No doubt Google could have done a better job of communicating with us, including us in at least part of the dialogue on the issue, etc. (I am sorry you felt disrespected or patronized by their response -- I do not personally recall being told what was best for me or what I did or did not need, but maybe I was offline that day!)

I wish you (and me) the best of luck in figuring out how to get set up with another portal or site that can substitute at least partially for what we are losing.

Best,
Elizabeth

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Andy Kopac 10/5/13 9:08 AM
I have tried Ighome, and think it has a lot of what google igoogle had, it does have a privacy poly too.  I am a little concerned it has no information about who they are,... A physical location...  Not much to not like about it yet.

Things it does have
Gmail
Google Calendar
RSS feed
s lots of gadgets
News from NPR news and many others.
Weather gadget
Search gadget

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Gladia Felisme 10/5/13 3:45 PM
i love netvibes!!!!!!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Shalman UK 10/6/13 7:40 PM
I highly recommend Portalpanel.com. It is new but it has new approach to this category and it has not copied igoogle again.

It’s a web-based online bookmarking tool that 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.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Andy Kopac 10/6/13 8:35 PM
Can it do gmail.  I just tried to get an npr news feed.  How do you do that

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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Shalman UK 10/6/13 9:16 PM
Hi,

Please follow this:

1.        Click on the RSS settings icon  that can be found either on your RSS home page widget or in 'Your Feeds' column's header in News Portal Page.

2.        In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type:
http://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=1001

Tip: In most Web browsers, on a Web page, you can right-click the  RSS icon, and then copy the link address. Press CTRL+V to paste the information into the RSS Feed location box.

3.        Click Add.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Librarimin42 10/7/13 2:46 AM
Not a reply - a new post really...

I am having some success with the speed dial ap (accessible via the new little apps icon on the left of the bookmarks bar in chrome - the new tab page is replaced by a page with 9 windows that display a title and icon for a website specified by URL in easy process. No preview of live connection and a new layer of navigation required (yay!not). I think in the short term I will use this while I look into alternative browsers, eg opera seems to have more sophisticated 'new tab' functionality. I hate it when my loyalties are tested and I have to leave a loved and familiar product for something new with a whole 'nother learning curve to labour through...

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Dana Mackonis 10/9/13 7:57 AM
I had gotten quite used to iGoogle to see my commonly used links, previews of news stories, my stock overviews. It was a cheat sheet to all the things I enjoy on the web.

I just don't understand how extensions will get me to the Yahoo groups I moderate, my finance pages, front pages of news papers, Craigslist, recipes, photography sites -- extensions are great to add content to FB, Pinterest, and those things - but not to get to web sites you use on a daily basis.

I also switch between 2 work computers and a home computer, and it is nice to have a common home page that links to technical pages I need, etc.

If you can point us to a video or wiki page explaining how we can once again develop a useful home page, I would appreciate it.

I know things have to change - but give some of us a back door to work with.
dana

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Cliff Kibbe KF6EII 10/9/13 8:32 AM
Not sure why they are doing away with igoogle. It's apparent that they are more interested in making money, as apposed to Customer satisfaction or happiness.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? userguymobile 10/9/13 9:20 AM
Google wants to allow media companies a pass through.  OK fine.

So why don't they tell us an alternaitve.  Speed Dial doesn't work across platforms and is just a way to reorganize your links.  Speed Dial 2 overwrites your old Speed Dial and doesn't allow you to order the book marks!  It's shit.

Why doesn't Google provide a way to adapt?  Just a recipe to get something?

The solution is Yahoo.  I'm using it and sorry Google, Searching everything through them.  I'm sick of you not addressing what to do after you pull the plug.

Screw yourselves.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Bryan Tracy 10/9/13 10:38 AM
Hi folks -

Me too and my 94 year old father who freaks out when his iGoogle page does not load.  He loves the search / stocks / news highlights on one page.

There might be more sophistacated was to get the info that you need, but there is also an internet user that is not a 27 year old hot shot C++ programmmer....

bryan tracy / richard tracy
oakland Ca

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Andrei Buhaceanu 10/10/13 5:03 AM
I hate how right you are.
Will miss my iGoogle page :(
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? sal9000 10/10/13 11:25 AM
ME TOO! I say: "GOOGLE, DON'T BE EVIL!!" I think Google has started getting very evil, particularly the New York Google Organization - not the cool intelligent young people who rollerskate to traverse the long walkways, always thinking about how to serve everyone better, but someone synister, high up in Google management. I googled: 'someone high up in google management is evil, trying to turn Google into an evil company' and got several news stories saying, "Eric Shultz made this evil decision on so and so date. Eric Shultz made this other evil decision, taking Google in an evil direction towards people and our countries productivity, on so and so date, etc. The results were ALL"  
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Cheryl Britt 10/10/13 3:16 PM
Me too.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Suellen Stover 10/11/13 11:06 AM
I'm totally bummed as well.  I have loved having this page.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 10/13/13 12:08 AM
Hi All,

Here is the new feature to import your igoogle settings from igoogle.com to igoogleportal.com


enjoy..
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Peter leslie 10/13/13 2:55 AM
Thanks - this is looking good - anyone doing same do not forget to look for your imported igoogle file from 'imported files' Early days yet - miss the professionalism and ease of igoogle and can not for the life of me understand why google have closed the best eportal.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Paul Palmer 10/13/13 10:19 AM
Myself as well
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 10/13/13 4:47 PM
I hope everybody has registered a protest with  https://www.change.org/petitions/google-don-t-kill-igoogle.
 
It will be no more comforting than pi....ing into an Antarctic gale but at least a protest will be recorded.

If you are conservative, don't want a radical change, the ighome and igoogle.com options certainly look to be reasonable options though not as fully featured (yet) and not as refined or elegant as igoogle. No idea if they have any hidden problems though.

Good luck!

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? thundercloud 10/14/13 7:39 AM
The thing I liked best about igoogle is that widget where you could put icons for your favorite websites. Once I started using it I don't want to lose it. There are sites called "All My Favs" but they are not igoogle.

Like always I'll just adapt and move on when igoogle shuts down. I do like Netvibes but I am still open to other alternatives.

Google sort of spoiled people like me with igoogle.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 10/14/13 10:04 AM
Hi Peter,

 I have downloaded my iGoogle settings to my documents. Can you or anyone else advise me how to import them to iGoogleportal.com or have I not started the process correctly.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Raj Janorkar 10/14/13 6:40 PM
Hi Canalboat,

Very simple... just follow below steps.

1) Login to igoogleportal.com
2) Visit this link to import your igoogle setting.
http://www.igoogleportal.com/portal/import.php

you just need to upload your downloaded file from igoogle, and you are ready...

if any issues please let me know.

enjoy..

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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? KLMoore 10/15/13 7:41 AM
I'm a long time Igoogle user and I'll miss my home page BUT I'm looking into igoogle portal.  So far it looks very similar to what I'm used to.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Adam Christianson 10/15/13 9:01 AM
Agreed!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 10/15/13 9:57 AM
Hi Raj,

I have followed info and have been told that I have imported my iGoogle settings. They are not on my homepage for portal, how can I find them?

canalboat 10/15/13 10:00 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? bluequoll 10/15/13 4:02 PM
canalboat:
If you've moved to a third party alternative, you need to contact them.
Contact iGooglePortal at contact@igoogleportal.com
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? KLMoore 10/15/13 6:25 PM
This was excellent advice and I was able to export and upload all settings.  Thank you.  One ? how can I get my Google calendar to sync with the igoogleportal calendar?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? hollysden 10/15/13 7:04 PM
I did exactly that and when I got directed to my igoogle portal page nothing had changed.   Does this only work if your igoogle portal page is blank - because I had already added so gadgets/widgets to it.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Richard_Larson 10/16/13 1:53 AM
"...and then delete the profile when you're done."

Yeah, that's much easier than just going to the iGoogle homepage from any browser, signing into my Google account, then signing out when I'm done.

Google is making a big mistake here. I have had Yahoo mail since long before there was a "Google" in the first place. Do I use "My Yahoo" or whatever they call it? Hell, no! I use iGoogle, because nothing else even comes close! Now, I guess I have to go to Netvibes or something else because Google has decided that having all my content on one page is somehow obsolete? Really? I'm pretty sure that's what the future I dreamed about looked like. IMO, iGoogle + TV on one screen = win! This is an attempt to get everyone to migrate to Chrome. Nothing else. Has nothing to do with what's best for us.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Tina Holmes 10/16/13 3:47 AM
what will happen to contents of to-do lists etc once igoogle goes?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mike Hogan 10/16/13 3:59 AM
I agree completely.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 10/16/13 9:40 AM
Hi bluequoll,
Sorry to be pain but I went to contact etc that you suggested. Which site do I now follow. Do you think that hollysden's comments re previously adding widgets has blocked the import.

Thanks canalboat.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? El McGary 10/16/13 10:57 AM
I completely agree with you. I am tired of constant updates, and posturing to be the first with the latest device. Just because it's new DOES NOT make it better. In many cases it is more difficult than the tried and true method; for example, iGoogle. Druid 22 is correct in saying that this homepage is the easiest and most convenient approach.
I am exasperated by the assumption that everyone has, can afford, or even wants the new devices and all that comes with it.
I am equally worn out by being Directed, that is led, or encouraged to join the sheep, lemmings, or masses in the tedium of social-networking. It, like the passe and unrealistic reality shows, will be overcome with a new sideshow to entertain the unimaginative masses.  
iGoogle worked because it was a private place where one could make CHOICES, and arrangements according to INDIVIDUAL needs or desires. Individualism, Logic, Reasoning, and Choice are ailing in the 'real' world as long as Money (ever increasing profits) is the motivating factor and ABJECT Commercialism and consumerism are the greatest concerns in a persons daily life.
iGoogle, your corporate greed is showing, and it seems many people who were excited by your products and concepts are now seeing the team who once helped us make a cozy nest for ourselves in the vast world of the internet, resort to leaving a niche behind and opting to ride the tide of the newest and latest thing - just for the sake of the newest and latest thing. Note: Newest and Latest do not equate with Best!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 10/16/13 3:26 PM
One might agree with your sentiments. There seems to be an unhappy inevitability that Google have determined to close the service. Complain by all means but the situation is not entirely without some similar alternatives. As previously posted and as covered by others as well, have a look at igHome and iGoogle Portal.com, Both emulate iGoogle reasonably closely and are not all that difficult to migrate to. They are not anywhere near as sophisticated, polished or elegant to look at but not all that awful either!

Google will not suffer unduly, we objectors are but a mere drop in the ocean. Google will be well aware that all the other options including those referenced above will provide links to their services any way so why bother? Their services will be accessed just the same but via an alternative provider....ie no need to host the service..ie cheaper....why bother when others can do it for you!

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 10/16/13 4:23 PM
Hi hollysden/All,

The igoogleportal.com  will import all your RSS gadgets and other gadgets which are currently supported by igoogleportal.com also all tabs which you have in igoogle.com.  
After doing import here http://www.igoogleportal.com/portal/import.php  and visiting back to IGP home page if you see tabs added and dont see gadgets added it means those gadgets are not supported at this moment. (we are working on this, also contacting developer to work on compatibility). In this case we strongly suggested you to visit the directory and manually add the similar gadgets which you are in need. If you dont find gadgets in directory please allow us some time or you can directly contact that gadget developer to build.move the gadget for you on igoogleportal.com.


P.S. - Import will work irrespective what you have on igoogleportal.com at the time of doing import. (you dont have to worry about that) it will simply create new tabs based on your igoogle settings and add gadgets into respective tabs (if supported)

So many developers are migrating their gadgets to IGPso please allow some time. Also we are daily adding new features to IGP to make move easy.

We are getting good response from migrant, down the line we will introduce our next generation Mobile IGP very soon and believe us you will be amaze by using or mobile portal. (Please let us settle down this migration first.)

Than you for your cooperation. 

Most importantly we will never closed down. so keep tuned.

Please let us know your suggestions.


See you soon!
iGoogle Portal
Please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@igoogleportal.com


Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 10/17/13 10:13 AM
Hi iGoogle Portal,

Can you answer the first part of my post to bluequoll regarding access to contact igoogleportal.com . I did not know which site to choose to be able to contact igoogle portal.

Regards canalboat.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? rad65 10/18/13 10:03 AM
Elizabeth et al,

Dingus hasn't been on this forum thread in over a year. Yes, Dingus was an abject moron and tried to mislead everybody and coax them into believing extensions were a reasonable replacement for iGoogle. However, he simply isn't here anymore, so complaining about/toward him is pretty useless. Instead, we should focus on finding a good alternative to iGoogle, though I suspect there isn't one.

Knowing google, there's a chance they will release "new iGoogle" like "new Coke" and hope that we, being myopic consumers, will shout to the heavens "Oh wow, google is so awesome. They were going to take this away from us for a whole year, but they magnanimously decided to keep it around. They really listen to their users."

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 10/18/13 3:23 PM
Interesting that you think Google may have something "up their sleeve" when the crunch comes! I have had the same thoughts, but what rationale, given that they already have a perfectly good and working system......"if it aint broke, why fix it" as I have said before? What really puzzles me, is the lack of communication from Google, but we few who complain are but a small proportion of the global user community who are now wed to tablets facebook and Iphones etc who have no use for iGoogle, I suspect.

I don't think that there is "no reasonable or good alternative". I have no connection with or vested interest in any option or the computer industry but as already posted several times, both igHome and iGoogle Portal.com are looking almost like acceptable options for those not wanting to make a radical change.Who are they and what is in it for them to create alternatives is a question however. It does mean that the dispossesed will have to make the effort to migrate,take a chance and accept something that is as yet not as sophisticated. Maybe with user numbers, they will evolve?

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Richard Batka 10/21/13 4:31 AM
I've spent the last 3 hours going through this thread and still have no clue on a viable option in '21 days' or what ever it is.  I am a fan of iGoogle like many here, all I need on one page is:

Gmail
Google Calendar
Google Analytics

I use Firefox, happily and I can't and don't really want to go to Chrome mostly because some of our onl line commercial partenrs (including banks) don't support it, so flicking from Chrome to Firefox depending on what we are doing just sounds painful.

Basically I'd like to continuing using Firefox and have access to my Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Analytics all on one page preferably using my Google login without any underlying security fears or needing more than one password.

PLEASE CAN SOMEONE GIVE US A SIMPLE OPTIONS :(


Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? ITDAD 10/21/13 7:35 AM
I just switched to Yahoo...Google isn't listening to their customers, Yahoo has a pretty comparable view and so far so good...way to drive your customers to your competitor Google.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? BorisHadson 10/21/13 12:05 PM
Have a look at http://www.startme.com. It's a clean and fast startpage - works even better than iGoogle.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? george milton 10/22/13 10:18 AM
Google suggest that you switch your search engine to BING.  Change your home page to BING.COM and install BING desktop.  If after all of that you still want more you might try igHOME.com it has lots of gadgets and when all of that is done go to your stock broker and SELL the stock named GOOG.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? David Clegg 10/23/13 3:51 AM
The answer is simple, don't use Google anymore, then see what Google do
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Rafal Mrzyglocki 10/23/13 1:57 PM
What about iloggo ? Try to create home page with icons of all your favorite sites. You can choose logos or crop them easily and then display on your grids.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Shalman UK 10/24/13 1:23 AM
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.

Here is the reason why PortalPanel is one of the best option:
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Gaz B 10/24/13 10:52 AM
me too i totally agree with you. can't find any site that is as good as igoogle will really miss it as i have all my gadgets on my home page and there really usefull
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Shannon F. 10/24/13 12:57 PM
In my opinion, nothing beats Portal Panel (PTP) www.portalpanel.com. I looked for an alternative for igoogle for a long time just like many of you are, until a friend introduced me to Portalpanel.  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 PTP 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
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 10/24/13 3:46 PM
Hi All,

Just try iGooglePortal.com i would say simply migrate there.
We have lot more coming up.

Regards,
Raj
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Walter Kiessling 10/24/13 4:32 PM
How about a bit more information Raj.......what are the "things coming up"? People are migrating now. This is the time for some promotional pitch.oYour alternative Home Page does not provide much in the way of information or links to where this might be found. (or have I missed something?)

Once migrated, there are many who will not want to move again so now is the time to capture those prospective users, but they need to be encouraged with hard information.

What is iGoogle portal.com all about, what is in it for the developers, how is it supported? There are many questions which so far as this writer is aware, remain unanswered.

At the end of the day, none of this is all that terribly important since there are any number of competing options. People just have to adapt to change and Google to a backlash. They know only too well hwever that those of us locked into Google Calendar, Google Imap mail and various image functions, wont abandon them easily even when they migrate, functions which are all too well entrenched, evolved and personalised over time and therefore very time consuming to convert to alternatives. One way or another, google have got most of its power users by the short and curlies!!

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? RON DARYA 10/26/13 12:42 AM
I tried a few of the available alternatives to igoogle and they all seem to have
done a pretty nice job. Among all, I chose Portalpanel and started using it. To be honest I found it very interesting, simple to work and its many features
address my concerns so I selected Portalpanel as my home page. You may want to try it as well. Good luck.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? John Hawkins Jr 10/27/13 4:22 PM
"IGoogle" is the main and only reason I keep "Chrome". there are several other search engines capable of meeting my needs if "Google" does not see fit too.  I am highly disappointed in this "Google" decision.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mari (Startme.com) 10/27/13 5:55 PM
Hi, Druid 22! I am Mari of Startme.com. I invite you to try our site ( http://startme.com ) that has simplicity as its main advantage. It is fast, user friendly, intuitive and you can import your iGoogle bookmarks. We are constantly working to improve it  and we would like you to consider it as a good option.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Hoda F 10/28/13 7:42 PM
I was confused and so dissapointed Igoogle is leaving us. It took me a while to look for an alternative. I tried so many different sites..but I don't think any of them beat Portalpanel https://www.portalpanel.com/.. 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.
They have a very unique and innovative approach, perfect replacement for igoogle.  
I highly suggest you try it out and enjoy all the user friendly features of it!
www.portalpanel.com
I hope this helps you all :)
Hoda F 10/28/13 8:08 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Ragness 10/29/13 1:21 AM
Lolololololololol!!! FOTFLMAO!!!!  A little on the basic side, but it gets the point across a lot better than the guy a couple of comments up trying to sell some sort of "pages" thing.  His comment was written so poorly, I can't even remember the name of the IGoogle alternative he was pushing!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? csutak40 10/29/13 6:32 AM
It is worse than that. I think they are just plain arrogant, seemingly have absolutely no interest in what the public wants or needs (let's face it, you can't even send them an email to ask a question or complain about something) they arbitrarily change programs, sometimes to the Beta version, so force the public to become their program testers and regardless of how many people complain in these Forums they don't care.  So, now they have decided to kill iGoogle.  Before they did that, they have acquired LabPixies, hence their apps became Google apps, so now those (my favourite to-do-list, for instance) is gone along with iGoogle.
I will now spend my time researching what I can use that has NOTHING to do with Google as I am getting sick and tired at the way they conduct business. Quite a while back, I decided never to even try Chrome, because they have not only installed it behind my back but hijacked my default browser while they were at it.  AFAIC, no reputable browser does that, so I won't be using it.  I used to love their map, stopped using that as well.  The new "beta" version they foisted on us was a shocker, I did roll back to the previous version, but got sick of it nagging at me to upgrade.  So, goodbye Google.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? csutak40 10/29/13 6:41 AM
On Sunday, 8 July 2012 00:41:06 UTC+10, iSwitched  wrote:
> I switched to Netvibes and have been very pleased with it, and have never looked back. You can export all your iGoogle content to Netvibes via an "OPML" file. I've posted instructions here:
>
>
> http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/websearch/igoogle-personal-homepage/ge0165OLYmo
>
>
> It's a fairly painless switch, and you'll be running and Google-independent in no time.
>
>
> --a former iGoogle user

As far as I can see, this only exports the RSS feeds - there is no way if exporting the gadgets, is there?

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? csutak40 10/29/13 6:51 AM
On Sunday, 8 July 2012 17:34:35 UTC+10, mp1a  wrote:
> "There might even be an extension in the Chrome Webstore that allows you
> to expand the functions of the New Tab page to allow for more websites
> or even an iGoogle webpage layout stayle-type extension."
>
> I have looked, and have yet to find it.   Yes, I'm attached.  It is a very efficient form, much more-so than clicking app icons or extenion icons.

We are all wasting our breath.  They obviously don't care what most people want, just want to push their own agenda, which is, we should all migrate over to Chrome and like it or lump it.  I'll lump it, thank you!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? frustratedx9999 10/29/13 10:29 AM
No, Google is committed to trying to force you to use all Google all the time, which apparently means trying to force you to use Chrome with apps. Never mind your convenience.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? frustratedx9999 10/29/13 10:36 AM
I you knew English you would know he was not prattling about a bar of any sort. Maybe the fact that he can use the word bar appropriately in a manner that you do not comprehend explains why he is frustrated by the loss of a useful tool and you are not.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Tony Patriarche 10/29/13 7:52 PM
I'm no Luddite, but Google ig fills my needs better than anything else I've seen.  I can't install Chrome at the moment, unknown error on XP SP3.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? bluequoll 10/30/13 2:57 AM
Tony Patriarche:
Don't bother to install Chrome. It doesn't replace iGoogle.
There is no Google product which can replace iGoogle.

These third party alternatives have been mentioned by various users/webmasters:
ighome
NetVibes
Protopage
My MSN
My Yahoo!
iGoogle Portal
uStart
Webwag
PortalPanel
iGoogle4u
Widgetshome
Startific
StartMe

See the iGoogle Alternatives Discussion for discussion of these and some more alternatives.

Have a look at them and decide for yourself.
Bear in mind that a homepage that simply looks like iGoogle might not actually work like iGoogle!

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? steven335135 10/30/13 8:38 AM
Yeah, that's exactly what they're trying to do. It makes me so mad that I want to dump all Google products, but at this point I'm really tied into it. I don't want to change my calendaring, email, etc. I've found an alternative to iGoogle that works okay--the only problem is that I cannot replace the Google Finance Portfolios. I haven't found a gadget that can import the data from Google Finance. My portfolio history is huge now and I'm not going to recreate that by hand.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? GAJ6894 10/30/13 11:08 AM
Set up a my msn page..much better than igoogle.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mary Healy 10/30/13 5:28 PM
MY FEELINGS EXACTLY. I TOO AM BUMMED!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Joseph Bommarito 10/31/13 7:55 AM
I want a good gmail preview window. Making me give up the whole window to gmail just to check is crap.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Joseph Bommarito 10/31/13 8:01 AM
but how can I preveiw gmail in a widget without openning gmail?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Collin Edmond 10/31/13 11:30 AM
Goodbye Google, switching to Yahoo for now. This is just one more in a long list of senseless, thoughtless actions over the past few years from a company that is 100% out of touch.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mukk 10/31/13 4:02 PM
You could also tri www.hinto.co
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Noemi Ferravioli 10/31/13 4:30 PM
Golden words!! Couldn't express better my disappointment and rage!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Rev. C. Bruce 11/1/13 8:15 AM
I feel the same.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Xorox 11/1/13 8:27 AM
Google should have kept iGoogle unless they are planning on a new and similar offering very soon.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Keith Germano 11/1/13 8:57 AM
Google has hurt themselves tremendously, as you said Druid "Why fix something that is not broken?". They will never understand the meaning of what the question, after logging in I see their intent is try to be the next facebook with their google+, it will never happen. Google you should have stayed in search engine engineering and you should of kept igoogle, foolish. If I don't find an alternative worthwhile, google chrome gets deleted and I will just use my Safari.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Sagouain 11/1/13 11:10 AM
hiGoogle, bye Google
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Makis M 11/1/13 11:36 AM
So if Google is going to put out additions to Chrome in a few months that allow you to consolidate feeds into 1 view the way you could on igoogle, why not keep igoogle around until that function was made available?
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? livefreeordie 11/1/13 9:28 PM
why should I be coerced into belonging to an additional social media to be able to read the news and some of my preferred blogs?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Whomod 11/2/13 1:39 AM
Check this out. It's an exact facsimile to iGoogle. I'm going to go with this...

http://www.blueg.com/Personal/

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/BlueG-Debuts-Ideal-iGoogle-Replacement-as-Google-Moves-Ahead-with-Plans-to-Discontinue-Its-Personalized-Homepage-20131031

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Michaele Brandt 11/2/13 2:34 AM
Thanks for the list. I'm trying out igoogleportal for now.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 11/2/13 4:59 AM
Hi All can anyone help me.
Set my iGoogleportal page as my home page and left it on overnight. This morning it showed all yesterdays info. How can I keep it updated overnight. I thought that I had a home page that would be suitable. How can I contact Portal as the link given by bluequoll tells me that the website cannot be found.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? iGoogle Portal 11/2/13 9:37 AM
Hi Canalboat,

Thank you for trying iGP.

Could you please provide me more details so that i can assist you. send me mail on con...@igoogleportal.com.

and we will help you to resolve your issue.

Thank you.
iGP
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 11/2/13 10:00 AM
Hi iGP,
Have had an email from Portal saying the server was slow due to influx of users. Will see what happens tomorrow before I bother you too much.
Thanks canalboat.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Leland Hubble 11/2/13 10:16 AM
I miss my homepage
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? userguymobile 11/2/13 10:27 AM
Me too.  I get why Google might want to separate themselves form the content providers.  Give them some room to be creative, and  so time to develop those options, but you shouldn't leave people hanging without at least a set of options.  It's about having confidence to invest time in Google's next offerings.  

How does this "It's over" thing help with that?

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Jan Woods 11/2/13 11:33 AM
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Pete Jensen 11/2/13 1:28 PM
Having the same issues.  I miss my personalized Google home page with gadgets.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Rhett Godbold 11/2/13 9:01 PM
Well since Google is going to force me to make a lot of changes I don't feel like making then I am going all out, I will dump Chrome and start using Firefox and move everything to Yahoo homepage and email and I will Bing my questions, congratulations Google if you were trying to get rid of us pesky users job well done!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 11/3/13 8:19 AM
Hi iGP,

My computer is set to ’’continue where I left off ‘’. My computer is left on overnight and iGoogle always showed the up to date info the next day. On Portal under the same conditions the weather and calendar widgets show the previous days info and the news and sport widgets default to previous info that I have read and when you click next you get the previous info.
The Portal homepage updates to the correct info after a website has been opened and on the return to the homepage.
Hope you can understand my ramblings.

 Regards canalboat.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mukk 11/3/13 8:45 AM
Hi there canalboat, I understand your frustation and the fact that you want up-to-date info the next day. I'm using www.hinto.co and the news and sports widgets I defined are always updated automatically, without me having to do anything.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? canalboat 11/3/13 9:13 AM
Thanks Mukk, may give this a try.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? DR.Don Lee 11/3/13 10:23 AM
igoogle had something the rest does"t have Class no 1 else will ever have that much Class they all boring.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? DR.Don Lee 11/3/13 10:24 AM
not only did it have Class it was fun.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? meomy 11/3/13 10:33 AM
Look at your "I don't think this reply is helpful" numbers. If you are a google employee in a help forum, you shouldn't be. I mean both....You've given google a bad name here.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? jack dougan 11/3/13 12:13 PM
totally agree
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Andrei Predescu 11/4/13 6:03 AM
my.yahoo it is then...
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? valy123 11/4/13 10:14 AM
Even i too have frustrated that google took this decision it is really a bad way that they have closed this.

All of you is there any way to get it back from google.

thats nothing a server space where they can easily open bcoz of the users request.

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? valy123 11/4/13 10:16 AM
We all will join and make a noise to the google that we want igoogle back

as a trusted software company they should open the server space based on the user request. if really if they respect google users.

if they are not ready then it means they wont care about the users at all...

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Ed8r 11/4/13 10:38 AM
I did it. Just waiting for a functional weather gadget.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? jill shenton 11/4/13 2:34 PM
I think the new format is absolutely dreadful all I wanted to do was send some information to a friend in North America About his cousin who was killed at the very end of WWII. This information is very important to him also to the sister of the deceased. Perhaps this is what google call progress. Yes I also need my spell chesk back. What a complets and utter disaster
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Romain Rosset 11/5/13 2:21 PM
http://www.ighome.com/
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Shepster 11/7/13 7:54 AM
What did you end up switching too? I feel the same way you do!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? peter hindhaugh 11/8/13 10:48 AM
I totally agree with Kimberly Hansons comments the igoogle homepage was your very own personalised page. Another example of high handed google.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Myrna Goldstein 11/12/13 9:51 PM
I agree with David.
Maybe we can petition Google with the slogan: Brng It Back!
Sign me up!

Myrna

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What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mikerise 11/16/13 4:25 PM
i use www.dodego.com homepage.it is very simple and easy to navigate.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Thurman Ritchie 11/19/13 4:26 AM
how true how true.I personally loved igoogle.Simple to set up,virtually everything you need in one page..I guess the jackasses at google never heard the phrase ,(if it aint broke don't fix it.Their's must be if everyone likes it, let's piss em off.One question Dingus.You gettin kick backs from google or do you just plain old work for them.I dont have all day to get the info. i used to get with one click.you can find a million different way's to say it.It still sucks.Sorry if i seem a little pissED
 and indifferent,it's just because I AM !!!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Mike Nystrom 11/20/13 9:26 PM
What is Google thank you just another disappointed user now I no longer care about using any part of Google fastmail for email bing for browser I hope Google feels my pain

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? dagnabbit6666 11/22/13 3:47 PM
I understood his point and his smarmy prattle. Apparently no one at google does, though. I used igoogle as a quick link to every headline, rss, gmail and link I went to on a daily basis. I cannot believe google gave away my constant visit to their site. Now, I'm on another site, using their search engine and their email client for my gmail, without all those smarmy prattling google adds. Googles loss, and unfortunately, mine too.dammit.
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Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Maryjane Burns 11/25/13 12:51 PM
I agree.  Did you get an answer?
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Brad Booth 21 11/29/13 1:39 PM
I agree...it does NOT work!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? mopsley meadow 12/6/13 10:35 AM
I agree.
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? JR Thomas 12/13/13 4:47 PM
The best alternative for me has been http://www.start.me - especially now that they've begun to add some of the widgets I used to use on iGoogle
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Tina Romano 12/26/13 10:23 PM
yup very disappointed as well. Now I'm using Yahoo, even though I don't want to. I need a homepage with all my news and entertainment easily accessible!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? CLCDAN 1/15/14 7:58 AM
He said Google Bar and Google Finance, right? GOOGLE BAR AND GOOGLE FINANCE! HAHAHAHA!
Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Maredy Glines 1/21/14 12:19 PM
You should check out www.hchoo.com
It is worldwide... You can search on any search engine with 1 click...just type what you want and click on the logo of the engine you want to search it in...
After you join the site for free...you can see the most popular site worldwide by category. You can also edit those sites or customize it however you want. Make your own categories, add your own links so you don't have to dig into a site to get to where you want...

It is very customizable and clean... Those who previously used iGoogle or other pages as homepage are going to www.hchoo.com

Highly recommend it! :)

Re: What does Google suggest as an alternative to my igoogle home page? Vera Kingston 3/15/14 2:53 PM
i have lost all my apps  i can not get rid of chrome-internal


please help

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