Back in May of 2005 Google launched its homepage personalization system, iGoogle. 8 years and some odd months later the search engine giant has decided to shutdown the service and allocate its resources elsewhere. Were you a fan of iGoogle? If so, you may be interested in the alternatives listed below. Most of these homepage sites are relatively identical with only a few varying features. Each one is worth taking for a short spin to discover which suits you best.
Among the available choices ProtoPage is one of the oldest. It has been around pre 2005 and has a solid track record. ProtoPage offers a plethora of customization options and keeps the process simple by using in-browser drag-and-drop. Everything is added to the homepage via widgets and each set can be organized using multiple tabs. RSS feeds can be combined from multiple sources within a single widget, which is nice for keeping similar news organized.
When it comes to a polished and visually appeasing presentation, NetVibes wins hands down. It offers a few bonus features such as analytical monitoring of trends and ideas that are spreading about the internet. Its additional tools are particularly useful for brand building of an online presence. Overall customization of the on-page widgets is sufficient but may leave you wanting more after trying out some of the alternatives. However one feature not to be overlooked is its “reader” mode that attempts to mirror Google Reader in functionality.
Does the internet need big bulky buttons and widgets to be useful? StartMe doesn’t seem to think so. Everything added to its custom homepage is no larger than an icon and a line of text. However for those that can’t live without widgets, the developers of the service promise to add them soon. With a clean minimalistic approach, StartMe easily earns its place on this list. Instructions for migrating from iGoogle to StartMe can be found here.
NetVibes is probably the most similar to iGoogle out of the bunch. It’s almost a complete clone. it even goes as far as to advertise its own site title tags as the “iGoogle Alternative.” However, following Google’s closure announcement, igHome has been experiencing extreme performance issues due to the the massive influx of new users. The developers are currently adding more servers to deal with this so any problems will hopefully be short lived. If you are looking for the same old same old, this may the internet homepage for you.
Awesome New Tab Page
This internet start page comes in the form of a Chrome extension that stores all of its data in your browser. It’s interface style is reminiscent of Windows 8 and the tiles are fully customizable. The downside is the RSS feeds aren’t as pretty, but if that isn’t your thing then Awesome New Tab page is worth a look as its widgets outweigh all of the other iGoogle alternatives.
Bonus: My Yahoo!
Specifically in response to Google closing down its homepage service, Yahoo! has revamped its own flavor of homepage personalization. My Yahoo! isn’t new to the scene, however its much-needed facelift finally makes it a worthy contender that can stack up against the other alternatives. This marks the first time since 2008 that Yahoo! has updated the service.
Do you use a great iGoogle alternative not on this list? We’d love to hear what you think about it in the comments below!
Igoogle. What a flop. Won’t miss it at all.
The yahoo page is really nice actually..
I’ve been using MyWay for years. Like the others it is customizable and I can see at a glance what is happening in the world. I’ve tried others and always come back to MyWay. And I didn’t like iGoogle either.
However, this begs the question, what will Google shut down or screw up next?
MyWay looks like another great alternative. Thanks for the suggestion Hal!
One of the best alternatives (read as upgrade) is http://www.startific.com
It has an amazing interface that you don’t see every day, it’s fun to work with, you can drag and drop almost every object on your page, customize almost every aspect of your page and even create your own widgets.
Unlike the igoogle and other products, it’s fun and it looks like a real web 2.0 website, not like an old and boring ’99 website. I still don’t get how people can use ripoff imitations like igoogle, when igoogle was not that amazing in the first place. :blink:
I bet iPhone/iPad users will LOVE this one. The UI reminds me of Apple. It does load a little slow though for me on my tablet.
I would suggest using http://www.hinto.co, it’s a great app. Hope you’ll like it.
Try http://www.iloggo.com nice icon based starting page which works also on mobile browsers
Yes I really Miss igoogle. But now I just changed my account igoogle to startme. Choose you top 10 iGoogle alternatives with igooglealternatives.info .
I’m very happy with http://www.start.me myself. Good to see that it’s in the list. They recently changed their lay-out a bit but I have to say I’m really liking the changes.