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Alternatives to iGoogle as a Homepage

iGoogle Is Being Shut Down, So You'll Need a New Homepage

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A lot of people have iGoogle set to their homepage, and if you’re one of them, you probably noticed the note Google put up a few months ago saying that the iGoogle service will be gone after November 1, 2013.

A lot of people are disappointed, including me. To prepare for the lack of iGoogle in our lives that will soon be permanent, here are ten alternatives you may wish to set your homepage to once iGoogle has been taken offline for good.

1. Google Chrome Browser

This is actually what Google hopes everyone replaces iGoogle with. You can personalize it kind of similarly to iGoogle with web apps, themes, menu bars and extensions. It even works quite well on mobile devices. It’s not quite like iGoogle, but if you want to stick with Google, it’ll have to do! Set your page to bring up Google.com when you open a new window and you’ll be ready to go.

2. Protopage

Now, here’s a pretty similar iGoogle alternative. Just by going to Protopage.com, it’s easy to see how much it resembles the layout and widgets of iGoogle. In fact, if you’re already signed in to your existing iGoogle account (given that iGoogle still exists by the time you read this article), Protopage will detect the current widgets you have on iGoogle and display them automatically on your Protopage page. Pretty neat!

3. Netvibes

Netvibes was actually the first personalized dashboard platform, even before iGoogle launched in 2005. The platform claims that it’s a place where “millions of people around the world personalize and publish all aspects of their daily digital lives.” You can choose from over 200,000 apps, create custom layouts and publish great looking micro sites easily with just a few clicks.

4. My Yahoo

If you’re willing to give Yahoo a try, you can use the My Yahoo page as an option for personalized widgets and quicklinks. If you already have a Yahoo account or use Yahoo Mail, it may be easier to make the switch. Unfortunately, your my Yahoo dashboard will show random advertisements throughout the page, which is a bit of a pain. It all depends on how far you’re willing to go to get a similar iGoogle experience.

5. My Way

Here we have yet another iGoogle clone. If you can’t stand the ads on your My Yahoo page, My Way might be a better option. It has no banners stuffed into your page, which is nice. It’s not exactly the nicest to look at and doesn’t quite read your iGoogle page like Protopage, but it’s powered by Ask.com and provides a convenient search bar for you. For some, it may be worth a try.

6. Twitter

If it’s the latest news that you’re craving to read right off the bat when you open up a new browser window, maybe jumping on Twitter and setting it to your homepage is the right choice. If you follow enough news outlets or weather networks or whatever on Twitter, you can get your news fix practically in real-time. Twitter doesn’t have any fancy widgets or much of a personalized layout option (besides the background you can customize) but it could be a serious homepage option for people who want to be informed as quickly as possible.

7. Reddit

Reddit is another great source for news, often sometimes better than what the media outlets provide. The layout is quite bland, but the information and links you can find there are priceless. There’s also a pretty great community too, so if you’re a fan of participating in discussions, Reddit could be a good choice for a homepage. You can choose from any one of the Reddit lists at the top that best suits your interests.

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