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It is with a heavy heart that I will mourn the passing of my old friend iGoogle on Nov 1, 2013. This announcement was made by the Google gods months ago and I really thought there would be an update by now of some spiffy new alternative, but none seems to be in the works. There are dozens of theories and debates about why Google is taking this course, but it seems so odd that they wouldn’t at least offer a satisfactory option.
My iGoogle home page is my quick “go to” guide for news, entertainment, weather and tech. Sure, you can get all this info in Twitter and other social media, but can’t be as easily customized and formatted as with iGoogle. In those cases, the timing and appearance is in the hands of the content creator, but with iGoogle, I can customize how much info I see, how often it is refreshed and how it is prioritized. It will be a great loss for me and I’m now urgently seeking replacements.
Here’s my list of requirements (which, IMHO are not that radical):
Here’s what I’ve turned up so far (in alpha order) along with notes from my research and personal experience. None of them are perfect, but I guess I’ll have to get used to something!
igHome - very closely modeled after iGoogle, allows links to Gmail, calendar, maps, etc.
Mywebgrid (in beta?)
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Please add your comments with good alternatives for customized web content readers. Thanks!