Google delivered in its promise to pull the plug off its customizable home page. This has left an opportunity to explore alternatives among a growing number of personalized homepage providers to replace iGoogle.
Netvibes was covered in a recent entry about Search Tools To Monitor Brands. It is one of the personalized homepage providers that is gathering a lot of iGoogle-migrants. Look at benefits of other products.
These aggregators tend to be similar in terms of the freedom to place news pods in multiple tabs which allow for customization i.e. news, sport, social media, etc. They normally have a preset menu with links for the most popular websites.
Personalized homepage providers that look like iGoogle
igHome : Their presets menu bar mostly contains Google products. Clean design and a gadget directory made of local-to-international content providers of RSS feeds worth looking at before deciding.
ProtoPage : “Add Widgets” button provides their list of content providers, bookmarks and RSS options.
The revamped My Yahoo has nice graphics, refined gradient choices and a clean feel.
Personalized Homepage Providers
with a tablet look and feel
Symbaloo offers great visuals based on square app icon look, enough space for organization. It includes a variety of preset categories like “Men’s or Women’s Lifestyles” with themed packages full of links.
MyFav.es is particularly elegant. It is designed for the mobile gadgets.
These personalized homepage providers need improvements
- Ustart is a “dot org” that offers cool imagery for backgrounds. It feels like an email inbox with a widget collection.
- Hinto is a “dot co” limits the users login options to Facebook.
- StartMe does not stand out.
Retooling other storage services like Feedly, Pocket or Instapaper may be an original solution for flexible types. Other personalized homepage providers are: MyMSN and MyWay. iGoogle is gone, time to move on.