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…
Today a little popup showed up. It signaled the doom of my all time favorite Google product.
I knew it was coming. My friend Ken alerted me just hours before…
Lot’s of other people found out about it too. It was trending on Twitter, right along with the loss of Andy Griffith.
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?