Google To Get Rid Of iGoogle – It Will Be Missed!
Google is getting rid of iGoogle. iGoogle is one of the legacy items from the search engine giant that continued to work well for media types like us so we will be sad to see it go. Google’s iGoogle allowed users to customize their own web portal and put items they would want quick access to right on their own homepage. Many people who used iGoogle made it their homepage where at a glance they could see the weather, the latest news, search trends and RSS feeds from sites they like to follow.
Here’s what Google posted about iGoogle when clicking a link from the customizable web portal.
“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. All of your personal data stored in other Google products will continue to be available via those products, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Finance, Google Docs (now Google Drive),Google Bookmarks, and Google Tasks. Other gadgets, like the to-do list, allow you to export your data – look for the “Download all” option under the drop-down menu tied to the title of your list. Most iGoogle gadgets are created and maintained by third-party developers. If you’d like to export your data, you should contact the gadget creator directly.”
Is this a sign of the times? Will Yahoo make any changes? Microsoft chose to redesign Bing to make it look like Google’s standard “classic” white page with search bar, but added changing pictures. Chrome and other options from Google are expanding but people may not want to take the time to learn how to combine all their relevant information and the opportunity cost of doing so is high because – it could get taken down like iGoogle.
It will be hard for us to say Goodbye to iGoogle because we used it several times a day, but then change is inevitable and we can’t work without this functionality – we’ll update you on the Google substitute we try.