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ITHelpdesk
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ITHelpdesk,
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7/5/2012 | 8:55:43 PM
re: Google Plans End Of iGoogle
Google must be analyzing the number of people that click the ads when using iGoogle. If they're not making enough ad revenue with igoogle, they discontinue it.

What they don't understand is that when people use their services, it gets users to use their other services. Only one of my gadgets on my igoogle page out of my 19 rss feeds has an ad it and was probably placed there by the gadget developer.

An alternative:
You can create a google sites (http://sites.google.com) website and add all the rss feeds there which is most likely what I will be doing. I have been in IT Support for over 10 years and have used iGoogle as my homepage for as long as I can remember. With the Google Sites website, I will be able to share my igoogle page with everyone else without having to login.

www.jeremyscholz.com
charlie468
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charlie468,
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7/6/2012 | 3:21:25 AM
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I love my iGoogle. I suppose when it is gone there will be no reason not to take another look at IE. I went to Chrome a long time ago but IE has caught up with speed and tabs.
lfrerichs1558
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7/6/2012 | 6:39:00 PM
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I too wonder what they expect people to migrate to? Do they expect people to use Google Sites to create a landing page (or just take the easy path and switch to Yahoo)?
ps2os2
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7/6/2012 | 6:53:24 PM
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The Google function of changing google appearance was quite interesting as I use it on my IPAD. The same old google page is quite boring. I do not see the harm in keeping the page changing. I guess I will have to start looking at BING.
ANON1246894561566
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ANON1246894561566,
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7/6/2012 | 7:36:02 PM
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iGoogle has been a great homepage for me. If they drop it, I'll be looking for a replacement home page.
Andrew Hornback
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7/7/2012 | 2:20:36 AM
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Google, just like Facebook, is an advertising platform.

If it costs more for them to maintain the platform than the platform is creating in revenue, it's not worth it to the bottom line (and therefore the shareholders) for them to keep running it.

Once you go public, you can't afford to be the nice guy and keep services available that aren't profitable.

Andrew Hornback
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saveigoogle.org
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saveigoogle.org,
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7/7/2012 | 4:05:42 AM
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Andrew, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to monetize iGoogle. Google has done it with Gmail and other services through reasonable ad placement...people have learned to live with it because they have learned to understand its the "price for a free service". And, many iGoogle gadgets have aAdsense ads to help defer developers' costs (recognizing some are better placed than others)...obviously Google benefits from that.

If you care to, check out http://SaveiGoogle.org for links to iGoogle resources and petitions along with facebook and twitter pages. ThereG«÷s more to come as we have time to spin up the website content and social presence.
nmahoney604
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7/8/2012 | 6:32:46 AM
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I've been mad when Google fusses with stuff and moves stuff around on iGoogle. Now I'm really not happy.
That said, ITHelpdesk had a good suggestion.
Comments about using iGoogle as a homepage are right on target.
And I do use iGoogle on mobile devices -- not my phone but iPad and Android tablet.
Just wish I didn't have to consider using Yahoo or Bing! But I rely heavily on the iGoogle "have it all in one place" availability in work and for personal use.
nmahoney604
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nmahoney604,
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7/8/2012 | 6:34:43 AM
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Or a person could create his/her own website putting all the pieces back together. not as easy as iGoogle, but do-able.
GeorgeT741
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8/11/2013 | 8:34:38 AM
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An interesting alternative to iGoogle is also Startific. It displays icons and
widgets, connects all your favorite links and all your bookmarks, etc and
organize them into a pretty nice interface, like you probably haven't seen in a
quite while, check it if you want at www.Startific.com


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