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I need a replacement for iGoogle
July 7, 2012 2:01 PM   Subscribe

Can you help me find a replacement for iGoogle? I'd like a minimalist fast loading homepage with customizable news feeds.

I just got a message from Google that they're discontinuing iGoogle next year. Granted, that's a long time from now, but still, I should look for a new homepage. What's the best alternative? (I noticed there's an old question like this from a few years ago, but I actually posted in there recommending iGoogle. D'oh!)

If it matters, I use Safari 99% of the time on a Mac.
posted by 2oh1 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
 
Netvibes.... been looking the past few days for my wife. netvibes.com is one of the best and is being actively developed.

Reviews:

http://www.ghacks.net/2012/07/04/igoogle-alternative-netvibes/

http://lifehacker.com/5923751/two-excellent-customizable-start-pages-worth-trying-now-that-igoogles-going-away
posted by rryan at 2:10 PM on July 7, 2012


I've been using Netvibes for a long time. It's good, but I do have some custom CSS bits to delete space-taking elements and they do try to push some more social-y features that I don't use. I generally recommend it, though.
posted by rhizome at 2:12 PM on July 7, 2012


I was using iGoogle and am disappointed in it being phased out as well. I mostly had RSS feeds on it, so I just moved those to google reader.
posted by Apoch at 5:45 PM on July 7, 2012


I use voracious for this - it's a Python script that runs locally, so there's no worries about anyone changing/discontinuing the service, and if you know a little bit of HTML/CSS it's easy to customise.
posted by jack_mo at 12:51 AM on July 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


jack_mo, you just made me feel silly! It never occurred to me to roll my own even though that wouldn't be so hard to do. What I want is actually simple: a couple of rss feeds and a search bar. HTML and css? No biggie. Thanks for the tip!
posted by 2oh1 at 9:06 PM on July 9, 2012


No probs. If you just want a couple of feeds, voracious might be overkill - a static page with a form to search Google and, e.g., this jQuery Google Feed Plugin would do the trick.
posted by jack_mo at 7:04 AM on July 10, 2012


Backstitch?
posted by misterbrandt at 11:33 AM on September 18, 2012


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