iGoogle is iGoing Away!

I absolutely love my Google Feedreader.
I absolutely love my Google Calendar.
I absolutely love my Gmail too!

Add to that a task list, sports scores (for just my NHL teams), local weather and current traffic and then put it all on a single webpage and that is what iGoogle is.  It’s perfect because I built it the way I wanted.  One place (my browser’s home page) where all the content I need is right there.

I’ve been touting the phenomenal time and space saving features for the longest time.
We covered it on the radio show a month or so ago.
Heck, just last week I helped a friend set up his own iGoogle Page.

Here’s what mine looks like right now…

my igoogle

Today a little popup showed up.  It signaled the doom of my all time favorite Google product.

igoogle message

I knew it was coming.  My friend Ken alerted me just hours before…

tweet

Lot’s of other people found out about it too.  It was trending on Twitter, right along with the loss of Andy Griffith.

trending tweets

According to Google…

iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.

How did you come to this decision?
We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.

I know very few people use iGoogle but does it really cost buckets of cash to keep running?  I wouldn’t think so.

So now the question is, what do I use to replace this tool I’ve come to depend so heavily on?
I’ll still use my feedreader, and calendar, and gmail but they’ll all be individual sites to visit.
I’ve got 16 months – so I’m on a quest.   Have any ideas?

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A former professional hand model, Mike now builds the custom Apps that create the Tabs that make Custom Facebook Pages special.He also builds WordPress Blogs.
He's an avid hockey fan, rides a mountain bike and a motorcycle (a really fast one), loves strong beer and good red wine.
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    Google shut down my favorite part of the “Google Family” a few months ago- Picnik. (the photo editing site) I was a premium subscriber and really miss it.

  • http://blog.mdsuburbanhomes.com/ Ken Montville

    I’m one of the hoards that never really got into iGoogle. I had (have?) and iGoogle page but I guess I never really optimized the whole iGoogle experience to the point I craved it as my home page.

    Bookmarks, Feedly, Evernote. It seems that there are ways to live without it. But that’s just me.

  • Joe Sheehan

    When you have found an adequate replacement for iGoogle, please let me know. If I find something, I will let you know.

    This is pretty annoying, frankly.

  • http://www.phacient.com Patrick Healy

    I’d like to say that I use it but I don’t. It seems great in theory but in practice I spend zero time on google.com since I only use it to search. It’s not the page I go to for anything but. :-)

  • SedonaKathy

    You said I should share…

    I suspected iGoogle was going away, too. Slow loading was my first suspicion and I was actually helping someone over 6 months ago set up their account when it started. Complaints on the net.
    I’m really pissed!
    Plus, I put my biz address into Google maps last week and the maps did not accurately (by almost 1 mile) find me. Over 2 years ago my info was next to the address as was a picture of my office.
    I very much dislike the new gmail cuz I have to scroll down to hit the send button…
    I’m a Google biz person who pays $50/year for the added bennies…. Love my Google docs (finally) and am working with Google presentation today to see if I can somehow implement it into my biz.
    I’ve been very hesitant about the Droid (gave up iPhone for Windows 7 phone)…
    Is Google spread too thin? Again?
    Love to discuss this with you over a beer, but, alas we are too far apart.
    Kathy Howe aka SedonaKathy