Google users: don't ditch iGoogle!

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Since Google's announcement yesterday that it will be shutting down iGoogle, users have come out in force to protest.

(Credit: Google)

There's nothing quite like Google's home page "portal", which allows users to aggregate RSS feeds, widgets and apps in one handy location — and it looks like Google has underestimated how much its users love it.

"We just announced on the Official Google Blog that we are sunsetting iGoogle in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. As stated in our blog post, we are focusing our energy on the products with the biggest potential to make a difference," said Google's Conrad L on the Google product forums yesterday.

What that means is mobile platforms — leaving PC web users in the dust. And they're not happy.

At the time of writing, there were 739 responses to the forum post, all lambasting Google for cutting the service.

A selection of replies to Conrad L's post.
(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

"Why??? iGoogle is what I wake up to every single day," said user EDVurd.

Bob Y added, "I can't imagine life without iGoogle. It puts everything I need and read right in front of me. Please reconsider this horrible decision."

And that's just the replies. The iGoogle product forum is filled with protests, petitions and pleas.

Other users are turning to services such as Netvibes to pre-emptively fill the hole that iGoogle will leave in their lives, even though it's not quite the same thing — although, since the service has 16 months to wind down, it's almost certain that some canny developer will create a more exact alternative in the intervening months.

Google told CNET Australia, "We've given an overview of our reasoning and plans on our blog post, and we'll be communicating directly with our users as we make these changes. We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today's web and mobile apps would put personalised, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so we'll be winding it down."

If you are upset with the closure, you can head over to the iGoogle product forum to register your protest.

Is the iGoogle shutdown going to leave a hole in your web browsing? Sound off in the comments below.

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new1212com posted a comment   

my website talked about new website w'll start soon same ads igoogle
you can find out about it called ( blueg )


PeterF6 posted a comment   



chedare posted a comment   

Hi just adding my "sound off "too as like others its good to open igoogle have a quick look around weathermap email inbox and a few others blogs I love to follow as well as other news sights like the Diplomat and Voltaire on an alturnative take on western news..They really are killing off their customer base those that go find something else will get used to it..WTF google gooses WTF idiots WTF just F**** OFF ..get the message..leave my computer alone ..!!!!


GeorgeO1 posted a comment   

Well, a replacement would be nice indeed, but it can’t really match the original iGoogle and doesn’t really add value to your startpage... I feel it’s somehow a downgrade from the original iGoogle.

You you will enjoy the change, I felt a real Upgrade after I start using

It has a beautiful interface, you will love it!


JulieS1 posted a comment   

I have a smart phone; I have a Surface; but when I want to do serious work I use my laptop and that means iGoogle. In fact, a lot of the time I use my laptop BECAUSE of iGoogle. When you first made the announcement to can iGoogle, I surfed around to find a replacement and I tried - I really did - but I just had to come back to iGoogle even for the short-term. I can't believe it costs you anything to maintain - please don't take our iGoogle away!


JulieY posted a comment   

Conrad - you are probably a lovely guy - BUT - you haven't used your brain cells very wisely, have you? Granted, there are plenty of people out there with Smartphones etc, but there are also plenty of people who only use their PC and do so every day! Much by choice. Not EVERYBODY wants or needs a Smartphone or whatever. Why can't you keep igoogle PLUS start your new thing as well? igoogle is brilliant! So easy to use, unlike some. PLEASE Conrad, put your Smartphone down for a minute and let your brain cells rejuvenate! Thanking you. All your 'igoogle friends'!


AlanC3 posted a comment   

this i feel sorry for the people
but >I< dont need igoogle because i have a smartphone
and also carry it around
ive used it and dont think they should ditch even though its not that useful to >ME<
i dont need use the google website that often even tho its my home page even
i use the omnibox of google chrome
but still dont ditch igoogle, for the sake of people to stop complaining

an open letter to google


RoyH posted a comment   

I like iGoogle, why would you dump something so useful? It's my home page!


Ann Willis posted a reply   

Roy I have almost lost iGooge and am devasted. I found a game of 500 downloadable to my PC. It is by FreezbGames. Freeze right.

They have taken over my Home page by iGoogle, and i can't even access the internet by it.

I have lost count of how many times I have ticked that I don't want anything else except Google for my home page, but that doesn't seem to stand for anything.

My main problem is I can't get rid of this FreezbGames. PLEASE can anyone help me get rid of it and back to Google.

Something very important -when I agreed to download the game it flicked to C/Nets page, I am now thinking that was a counterfeit view of C/Net.

Ann Willis


JosephineM posted a comment   

I was not a big google user until igoogle. What are they doing?

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