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Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the bulldozing-an-old-playground dept.

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New submitter Trashcan Romeo writes "Three years ago, it accounted for 20% of all visits to Google's home page. Two years ago, Lifehacker readers voted it the best start-page service. Today it was announced that iGoogle will be retired — or in the company's parlance, 'spring cleaned' — on November 1, 2013." Google Video is also getting the axe this summer. It hasn't accepted new videos since 2009, and all of the old ones will be migrated to YouTube. The company is also getting rid of Google Mini, Talk Chatback, and their Symbian search app.

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And nothing of value was lost... (2, Interesting)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537129)

Really. I pinged a friend who uses iGoogle, and he's just like "Meh".

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (3, Funny)

skipkent (1510) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537145)

Didn't work/look right with noscript anyway.

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537315)

A tool built almost entirely in javascript doesn't work with a JAVASCRIPT BLOCKER?!?!?!?!?11111111

That's just crazy talk.

But seriously, expecting to browse the modern web with noscript enabled just isn't sane.

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (2)

gishzida (591028) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537623)

Sane? Modern Web?

Insensitive clod! this is /.

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537883)

We have those kind of people here on slashdot. I don't get the no-scripters either. Maybe it's a good idea for grandma and here XP machine.

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537157)

Oh yeah? I Googled a friend who uses ping, and he's just like "hem".

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (3, Funny)

Brucelet (1857158) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537715)

I wanted to ping a friend who uses bing to see if there was a microsoft alternative, but I couldn't remember how. I had to bing my friend who knows ping so I could ask him for help.

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537223)

You're right, that's the real indicator.

I pinged a friend who uses the internet, and he said "meh". Perhaps we should just shut it all down.

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (2, Insightful)

baker_tony (621742) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537279)

Good sample size you've got going on there for your analysis.

Because i's a patented letter? (2)

k(wi)r(kipedia) (2648849) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537281)

iDon't know, maybe Google's simply replaced the i with a +?

Re:Because i's a patented letter? (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537897)

WHAT THE FUCK is iGoogle! I thought I was a serious Google hipster until I heard of this and realized I didn't know what it was! WTF?!

Re:And nothing of value was lost... (5, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537835)

Really. I pinged a friend who uses iGoogle, and he's just like "Meh".

That's strange, when I pinged him he said, "bytes=32 time 3ms TTL=53".

iGoogle will be missed... maybe (2, Interesting)

insnprsn (1202137) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537143)

I've been using iGoogle since '05, I feel like this is a loss but I'm already moving over to Google Reader and getting used to the new interface... at first I'm "Meh" about Reader, but I dont hate it, yet.

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (5, Funny)

skipkent (1510) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537151)

So you're snowgirl's "Meh" friend!

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (1)

insnprsn (1202137) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537295)

No, I'm "Meh" about Reader, for now

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (4, Insightful)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537319)

iGoogle and my.yahoo are the primary reasons I "use" both services.

I suppose they have something new, but "spring cleaning" my iGoogle may just leave me sticking with my.yahoo

Some of us are happy with the old interfaces - now: GET OFF OUR LAWN!

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (2)

no1nose (993082) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537925)

I'm in the same boat here. iGoogle.com and my.yahoo.com are my two main homepages when I launch Chrome. I use their bookmarks features quite often. Last year Yahoo! messed with the bookmarks on my.yahoo.com and tried to force everyone to use the Yahoo Toolbar to manage them. I nearly left Yahoo, but eventually they gave into their user requests and allowed them to be managed from my.yahoo.com again.

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537945)

I always f3lt confid3nt that igoogle would be there when i wanted it. You may find having, not as fulfilling as wanting
-SPOCK
EVER NOTICE KIRK HATED TABLETS TOO? Reading is fine, typing sucks.

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (4, Insightful)

macshit (157376) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537687)

Google Reader's a fine app for [what seems to be] its intended purpose—but it's nothing like iGoogle, and doesn't do a great job of replacing it in my opinion. I use both regularly, and will be sad when either goes away.

This does seem a pretty weird decision. The reasoning they give (basically "lol, phones and device-/browser-specific apps are the future!") is kind of dubious, and seems strangely at odds with Google's general push for device-/browser-independent apps.

I wonder if this is the result of some internal political/turf/funding war at Google...?

[My guess: The Google+ team is politically very powerful, and they want to push everybody to use that instead. Never mind that Google+ (which I like) is extremely different, and not a particularly good replacement for iGoogle...]

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (1)

perryizgr8 (1370173) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537689)

i've always preferred google reader to igoogle and any other feed reader out there (online or offline). i'm really scared that google will kill it too i sometime. seems like they are going to reduce everything to g+.
is there any other feed reader that is as good?

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537695)

Uhm, I actually stopped used iGoogle a month ago, when I finally migrated from Google Reader (has one annoying bug that hasn't been solved in years) back to a desktop program. I only had mail, calendar and reader gadgets in my iGoogle page, and with the latter irrelevant, I just set my homepage to gmail.

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537833)

You might appreciate a more efficient use of space on Reader, as well as other cleanup... In Firefox there's Google Reader Fixes: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/116931 [userscripts.org]

Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (5, Insightful)

Endovior (2450520) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537861)

Hrm. I've been using iGoogle as a homepage for years, now... nice convenient place to simultaneously check email and news before doing whatever else I'm doing with my browser at the moment. Heck, I mainly check /. based on the iGoogle widget; it's a convenient way to promote things to my attention. In contrast, I rather dislike the Reader interface; if iGoogle is indeed axed, I probably won't start using Reader afterwards (or at all, probably)... they do different things in different ways, and Google really doesn't have a good replacement on hand.

Haven't been to google in a while. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537169)

With most major browsers having the url bar also usable to enter your search queries, I haven't had a need to go to a google homepage in a very long time. Be it igoogle or the normal homepage.

Re:Haven't been to google in a while. (0)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537309)

I only go to the Google homepage when they have a cool doodle. I mostly just use iGoogle for a couple of stock widgets... no big loss if I have to go somewhere else (probably Google Finance).

Archive Team again? (4, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537173)

All videos on Google Video will become private YouTube videos. Will this see the return of the Google Video archiving effort by Archive Team [archiveteam.org] , covered in a previous Slashdot story [slashdot.org] ?

Farewell iGoogle (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537181)

I will miss it. I've used it for quite a while. I suppose I can use something else, but it works well and does what I want.

Re:Farewell iGoogle (1)

qzjul (944600) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537847)

Agreed; it seems odd to me that they'd kill something that (at least to my eyes) doesn't look like it requires any maintenanace, and is really quite a good tool. Maybe they have something up their sleeves, but I'd have appreciated if they did that they'd release it before killing something like this...

Re:Farewell iGoogle (2)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537905)

That's it! Lets fork this shit!

Multiple task lists? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537185)

Great. How am I going to get to see more than one task list at once without iGoogle? Stock google tasks is barely functional as it is.

What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (5, Insightful)

vmxeo (173325) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537197)

Reading over the sunset annoucement, I don't think they realize how people really use it. It's not a mobile service, and it isn't simply a redundant link to stuff, it's a dashboard of what I'm interested in and a portal to all of Google's other services. It's also not just a homepage, it's the page I have open on my desktop all the time.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537273)

I agree. I have it open all the time. My stock portfolios, Gmail, five different news sites and even Lio.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (4, Insightful)

MikShapi (681808) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537421)

Same here.
I always have it open as a working dash. It's easy to use, less buggy than native OS widgets and easier to find the content I need to plug in it.
And with all due respect, Chrome is not my browser of choice for a list of reasons as long as my arm. Firefox is.

iGoogle is, to me, one of the most useful google products out there.
Google is now trying to make itself less useful to the IT professionals and powerusers.
Misguided decision indeed.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (5, Insightful)

Manfre (631065) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537283)

iGoogle is the only browser homepages I've used in the past ~5 years. I guess it's time to switch back to about:blank or roll my own replacement for iGoogle.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (1)

qzjul (944600) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537803)

This; it's so useful it's all I've used since it came out; I haven't tried google reader, but I doubt it will it allow me to spread out various feeds all over + have the weather and some stock prices, all in one place, so i don't *HAVE* to switch between tabs or apps or programs or whatever....

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (2)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537285)

Widgets?

OS X, Windows 8, KDE, Android and others allow you to embed HTML snippets on the desktop.

Rather than load a web browser, one can "mashup" HTML widgets on your home screen directly.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (4, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537325)

I've done the whole widgets on the desktop thing, it was cool for a while but ultimately I found that I liked it in a web page better. Seems to be less buggy too.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537525)

Also, when it's widgets on the desktop you have to minimize your work to see it. With an open browser window, you can either switch to the browser (which you frequently do anyway) or [at least in Windows] hover over the browser icon in the taskbar to get a smaller preview window which is generally enough to see if there's a new mail message.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (3)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537771)

And then you change PCs, and got to do it all over again. Or you switch to your Tablet, laptop, netbook.. ditto.

A dashboard webpage is really the most portable way to do that. Looking for a replacement as we speak...

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (0)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537855)

A web page has simplicity, granted.

But today's tech buzzphrase is all about syncing to the cloud. HTML widget profiles can theoretically be device and platform independent.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537355)

Same here. According to their "What's happening to iGoogle?" help page, they say "With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time".

That's certainly not true for me, and I'm both a Chrome and Android user. They're great, but Android is not the desktop, and Chrome is not the only browser on the the only computer I use. iGoogle is good for me because it's cross-platform, highly flexible, and feature full. That's why it's so key to my everyday workflow, and that's why this is a seriously misguided choice on Google's part.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (5, Informative)

lehphyro (1465921) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537377)

You may want to give Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com/) a try.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537617)

What do you wanna bet Google buys netvibes.com before the end of the year?

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537707)

You could buy it first.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (1)

Hunter-Killer (144296) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537725)

I switched to Netvibes a few years ago, when Google added the unremoveable sidebar (which was added at the behest of gadget developers, apparently the only users of iGoogle that matter). It has served me pretty well, though I still miss having a Google search bar with full functionality.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537917)

Just replaced my iGoogle with Netvibes. Thanks for the tip, I like it better already.

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (1)

Streetlight (1102081) | more than 2 years ago | (#40538017)

Went to the Netvibes site. They have a premium version. Pricing indicates it's only $499 per month!!! Wow, it must be good.

MyYahoo (3, Insightful)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537469)

How about MyYahoo? iGoogle was a knockoff of 90's "personalized web portals" anyway, so why not go with the original?

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537627)

Same here. What are they thinking?

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (4, Insightful)

cluening (6626) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537657)

... it's also not that hard to write your own. There are plenty of perl/python/whatever rss libraries out there to do all of the hard work, and then you just need to spend some time fiddling with CSS to make it look pretty. Here's what I created about 10 years ago, before all of these other things existed:

http://www.wirelesscouch.net/cgi-bin/headlines/headlines.pl [wirelesscouch.net]

(Well, maybe those other things existed. I certainly didn't know about them though.)

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537755)

Totally agree. I've got mail, reader, calendar, to-do on there. Already looking for a replacement, and since this sucks majorly, i'm looking to replace the google services (reader in particular) the i was using iGoogle as a front for.

That'll teach me to put all my eggs in on basket. Anyone got spare baskets ?

Re:What exactly am I suppose to replace it with? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537791)

Yea, I'm not really happy about Google axing iGoogle. I use it heavily--it is running pretty the entire time I am at the computer. Their page listing their reasoning and suggested "alternatives" is a big middle finger, providing vague to almost nonexistent answers. I am in front of a computer all day at work. I will not pull out my phone to check my mail or view my Reader articles, when there is a full ledge computing device directly in front of me. "I really like iGoogle -- are there any other alternatives?
On your mobile device..." No, that's not a feasible alternative.

Google Video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537199)

It's a damned good non-YouTube search engine. It's where I go when I need something other than what the YouTube community does best. And, it's not just for porn. I tend to find the unlisted songs from YouTube that way. The songs that YouTube has taken down. Also, it helps with documentaries and such. Try YouTube with some of those topics and you'll get nonsense. Google Video shows 'em to me.

Google Video Search isn't going away (2)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537221)

It's a damned good non-YouTube search engine.

I read the featured articles, and it appears Google is not retiring Google Video Search. It's retiring Google Video hosting so that it can focus effort on Google Video Search: "As we said nearly three years ago, the Google Video team is now focused on tackling the challenge of video search."

Re:Google Video (1)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537455)

And, it's not just for porn

Clearly. If Google was that good at indexing porn videos the service would not be cancelled. It would become a profit center.

Guess we shouldn't be surprised (5, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537201)

I've used my iGoogle page as my homepage for however long it's been around - five years? six? It'll suck having this go away, but it's been obvious for a while that Google's all about killing off anything they offer that they've been unable to monetize.

What I find funny is their suggestion that, as an "alternative" to iGoogle, we should either move to using Google Play (um, what?) or start using Chrome as a browser. Yeah, how are those iGoogle replacements again?

I'll find a non-Google replacement, just like I have whenever they've discontinued their other offerings I liked.

Re:Guess we shouldn't be surprised (2)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537241)

Netvibes is a much better dash board than iGoogle ever was.

Re:Guess we shouldn't be surprised (2, Funny)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537933)

Yeah, and it's only $499 a month!

netvibes.com (1)

Sturm (914) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537999)

I spent about 15 minutes and was able to get netvibes.com to look almost *exactly* like my iGoogle page.
I've been using iGoogle since, well, EVER since... I couldn't imagine doing without that kind of aggregator service as my homepage.
Anybody looking for a replacement for iGoogle should definitely give netvibes.com a try. It's worth the few minutes it takes to duplicate everything.

Re:Guess we shouldn't be surprised (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537337)

Chrome's extensions or plug-ins or whatever they call them can replicate most of the functionalities of the widgets. I only use Chrome for it's various widget/app-like extensions and Netflix, never use it to surf the web.

Re:Guess we shouldn't be surprised (2)

seandiggity (992657) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537463)

I used iGoogle years ago, primarily for the RSS feeds. If you have access to a web server, there are a number of ways to set something similar up yourself. I've done it at me.seandiggity.com [seandiggity.com] using WordPress + Aggregator theme + some extra plugins. There are definitely simpler ways, but I like the flexibility of WordPress's widgets.

Re:Guess we shouldn't be surprised (1)

EvilSS (557649) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537735)

I'm leaning this way. If Google is killing iGoogle, one would assume its for declining use and that does not bode well for NetVibes. And my.yahoo is hideous. I'm not going there. Being in the cloud is great until Google decides to retire your favorite cloud.

Re:Guess we shouldn't be surprised (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537663)

Perhaps Google is entering the Windows ME stage of its corporate life cycle. They've pretty much come to own the market; now it's time for them to start fucking it up long enough for a competitor to get a foothold.

Not the Sybian! (4, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537209)

I'd keep that.

Re:Not the Sybian! (0)

RubberDogBone (851604) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537417)

A Sybian is possibly the best thing a person can own. Either they get to enjoy it themselves, or their friends will drop by to enjoy it. It's a win either way. No downside.

Re:Not the Sybian! (0)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537505)

Wait.. what?

Enjoy it yourself? Are you "massaging" your prostate or something? Once you start doing that with "heavy equipment" it sounds like you are a couple drinks away from outsourcing that work to "consultants" you meet in a "bar".

As for the friends dropping by to use it, I assume those are chicks. In that case you are just lazy. The chick will have a good time but you will look a dufus watching her from the couch.

Take a hands on approach. Even if it is with modified power tools, get in there and do the job yourself. It's more rewarding that way.

Onto NetVibes (0)

PcItalian (1835114) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537267)

After a quick BING search I found NetVibes which with some modifications had my homepage up and running mirrored from iGoogle. Fuk'em, google can lose my business... Back to Firefox too.

but, my webcomics! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537269)

I use igoogle to read webcomics. I don't know another service that I can access from anywhere and just load rss feeds onto.

Re:but, my webcomics! (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537343)

Like... Google Reader?

Re:but, my webcomics! (4, Insightful)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537405)

Reader is totally lame. When I heard this news, I thought to myself, 'well, time to take another look at Reader, maybe they made it not lame in time to retire iGoogle....' Nope. Nothing but a mash of items with some useless numbers next to them about how many things you haven't read. Most of the screen real estate is completely wasted and there's no setting to improve it.

The whole reason that iGoogle's RSS widgets were so awesome is that you could pile tons of them on top of each other four columns deep. I could see, in an organized way, like two hundred headlines at once and not have to click on anything except what I cared about. Reader is too manual. I don't want to click on a dozen different things just to get huge bloated summaries of things I might not even want to read. It's inefficient, and I'm just not doing it. Bye Google, you sure know how to break people of a habit.

Guess I'll look into this netvibes thing everybody is talking about.

Not every cloud has a silver lining (5, Insightful)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537277)

Cloud computing is always heavily promoted and it does have many advantages. However, it also has one significant disadvantage -- your computing environment is at the whim of whomever is providing said service. If you come to depend on a service and the provider cancels it, you can try and find a substitute or simply accept that you are out of luck.

These services that Google is dropping, are not critical, but they could have been. Not every cloud has a silver lining, or even a chrome one.

Re:Not every cloud has a silver lining (0)

Bigby (659157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537389)

And they are giving you a 1.5 year warning that these non-critical apps are retiring. That should be expected. I don't expect my phone to last 5 years. You shouldn't expect an online service to last more than 5 years. They retire for good reasons. Something else is there.

Really? (1)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537641)

And they are giving you a 1.5 year warning that these non-critical apps are retiring. That should be expected. I don't expect my phone to last 5 years. You shouldn't expect an online service to last more than 5 years. They retire for good reasons. Something else is there.

You miss the point. Yes, these are relatively trivial services, but that doesn't mean that cloud providers can'tor won't drop more important services. You maynot expect an online service to last more than 5 years, but most businesses do.

Google (-1, Flamebait)

Maxrot (2649587) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537381)

Google is really fascinating people. Created by himself with a staff is developing with each passing day. You Can have a look on google. http://www.vayoog.com/notebook-yedek-parca.html [vayoog.com]

Why they killed the mini (2)

snsh (968808) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537413)

Google started killing off the mini years ago when they stopped releasing software updates for it, and stopped updating the hardware.

It's kind of disingenuous for Google to say the mini has an 'adequate' replacement. Google Custom Search doesn't give the admin nearly enough control. There's no way to guarantee all your pages will get included in the index, even if you're on a paid subscription. No keymatch functionality, no regex exclusions, no freshness tuning. And the Google Search Appliance costs over 10x the cost of the mini (starts at $45k instead of $3k). It's hard to call that a suitable replacement.

The problem with the mini is that Google couldn't make enough money on it. It basically started out as a min-GSA, with less beefy hardware and a lower license page limit. Customers would buy it, deploy it, and forget about it. It worked great. Google thought that customers would migrate from the mini to the GSA, but I think what happened is once they had the mini they stayed with the mini for their public website, and many never saw the need to spend $$$$$ to upgrade to the GSA for enterprise search.

At one point a few years ago, Google released a "VM edition" of the mini/gsa for development use. They quickly realized that VM was the wrong way to go because without the pretty hardware and cables they couldn't justify the cost of the GSA to customers, so they quietly cancelled the VM and all mention of it. Wish I had kept the copy I had downloaded.

Ruined my day (5, Insightful)

Teknikal69 (1769274) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537423)

First thing I saw when I turned on my PC and I actually came from the Slashdot iGoogle widget.

I've been using iGoogle since it first launched and it's really the only reason I use many of Googles services and also the only reason I bother logging into Google at all.

Very disappointed in honesty I think I'll probably end up giving Bing a try simply because I can't think of anything else to replace it with.

Re:Ruined my day (3, Informative)

cis4 (2565359) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537565)

The Slashdot widget on iGoogle is the only reason I come here. Here's to hoping someone will make a replacement.

igoogle gone? .... meh! (2)

glebovitz (202712) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537431)

I use iGoogle. I will miss it. I hope they will have something to replace it. IMHO, Google services always have the feel of something half finished. They are kinda like the anti Apple.

irritating (1)

aikizensurfer (1014039) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537461)

I've had iGoogle for 3 years and have just recently begun getting into the habit of using as my "daily paper" instead of relying on the ever-accurate Facebook =P now they're going to close it? Can they just hire me to update it into the latest hot Web Property? ;-(

rss feeds -- that's all I use - alternatives? (1)

2centplain (838236) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537527)

I mostly have various rss feeds on my iGoogle home page. Very, very useful to quickly see what's happening on pages I pay attention to. (Like, Slashdot, of course.)

I don't use many of the other gadgets/toys. Well, Weather Underground, Woot watcher, Google Finance are useful, but I could live without them.

Are there alternative sites that provide a similar function?

Re:rss feeds -- that's all I use - alternatives? (1)

octothorpe99 (34654) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537625)

I mostly have various rss feeds on my iGoogle home page. Very, very useful to quickly see what's happening on pages I pay attention to.
(Like, Slashdot, of course.)

I don't use many of the other gadgets/toys. Well, Weather Underground, Woot watcher, Google Finance are useful, but I could live without them.

Are there alternative sites that provide a similar function?

Netvibes looks pretty decent actually.. Just created a dashboard full of rss feeds iGoogle-style. Bye google.

Re:rss feeds -- that's all I use - alternatives? (1)

perryizgr8 (1370173) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537747)

i find google reader nice for reading all my rss feeds. but they may close it down, too.

Dammit!!!! (5, Interesting)

Yosho-sama (800703) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537571)

I use iGoogle as my landing page. I have my email, slashdot, new york times, BBC, the weather, a sunlight map, wikipedia, and a pet hamster all on the same page. Where else am I going to get all that the second I open firefox?

iGoogle. I used it and love it. (5, Interesting)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537587)

iGoogle. Having all of your RSS feeds, your email feed, calendar, TODO list among a few other things. It is very useful and effective in what it does.

There are several websites that post interesting items, but not enough to visit them every day. The RSS feed makes it were you don't have too. Combining it all with stuff you do use every day (email, calendar, todo list) makes iGoogle extremely useful.

What I find is most people have tools at their finger tips that they have no idea how useful that tool actually is and therefore don't end up using it.

iGoogle is useful, but like Google+ most people have no idea how to actually use it. (at least half-intelligent people are actually figuring out how to use Google+, that just doesn't seem to be the case for iGoogle)

That ignorance is a loss for us all.

Re:iGoogle. I used it and love it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537943)

I use iGoogle too. Looks like a lot of slashdotters do. Seems like odd timing. They just changed the layout recently.

They're suggesting Chrome-only solutions that you have to install locally, so they have none of the advantages of a webpage which I can easily use at work, at my parents' house, at my house, etc., change in one of those places and be reflected everywhere, and so on. And a separate mobile-only solution (it never occurred to me to use iGoogle on my phone; I already use apps for that).

Disappointing.

GWT? (1)

ComfortablyAmbiguous (1740854) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537613)

I just keep waiting for the spring cleaning notice for GWT.

iGoogle Replacement (3, Insightful)

paleo2002 (1079697) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537615)

I've been using iGoogle as my home page forever. Considering the broad range of services Google provides now - email, chat, voice services, etc. - you'd think they'd want to provide a central hub. I've got mine set up for some basic news headlines with sports, hollywood, and Fox filtered out. I also use it for local weather, Google Chat, and to manage account settings. I think I'll miss the news aggregator function the most.

Any suggestions for a good generalized news aggregator? Something that will draw from a variety of sources and can be customized for topic preferences.

Re:iGoogle Replacement (1)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537645)

Netvibes

Forgive my ignorance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537643)

but why do google do this? Why don't they keep them around, and improve them, or roll them into something bigger?

Seems to me that if something isn't an instant hit, they kill it off eventually.

Google does this all the time (1)

walterbyrd (182728) | more than 2 years ago | (#40538055)

I think Google must drop more than half the stuff it starts. It does make me especially confident to rely on Google service.

I agree, why drop this? Has it not been successful?

Replacement (1)

n30na (1525807) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537651)

I've used iGoogle for years as my base place for reading news and checking up on things when i get to my computer, and always keep it open as my first browser tab..

Does anyone have any good suggestions for a replacement? I have a good while to find one so I suppose I might even be able to write one by then, but might as well see what exists already.

Spring Scape (1)

John.P.Jones (601028) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537655)

I'll miss spring scape, watching frog & ladybug go through their day was great.

Ahh, Crap (1)

Thinine (869482) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537711)

Now what will my Mom use for a homepage? It checks her gmail, stocks, weather, and offers a translator. What will she do now? TELL ME GOOGLE, WHAT WILL SHE DO NOW?!

Foolish (5, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537867)

I've used iGoogle for years because I spend most of my day in a corporate environment. It put everything I needed on 1 page... Google... which I was almost expected to visit regularly. So I'd pop it up, I could see my email, the temperature, CNN news, and even slashdot. In fact, I read this story first through iGoogle. Can I use Chrome and its extensions to do this like they suggest? No... my web client is fixed, and I can't add extensions at work. The idea that we're moving away from web based apps to browser based, local plugins it insane to me. What is this? 1999?

Roll your own, it's easy (2)

seandiggity (992657) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537941)

If you have access to a web server, there are a number of ways to set something similar up yourself. I've done it at seandiggity.com [seandiggity.com] using WordPress + Aggregator theme + some extra plugins. There are definitely simpler ways, but I like the flexibility of WordPress's widgets.

Good. Google Does Only One Thing Well Anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40537989)

and that's its search results. The thing that Google used to do superbly was have the cleanest and most efficient interface for searching of any search engine: A single line search field with a "Go" button. They fucked that up with autocomplete and cookies and javascript and yadda yadda yadda to the point where I can't even use it anymore. I switched to ddg.gg and have stayed with it even though its results suck compared to google's. I just couldn't take google's front end anymore.

WHERE?? (1)

tcc3 (958644) | more than 2 years ago | (#40537993)

All of these reasoned arguments for the practical application of igoogle are fine, but I ask you: Where will my Hamster live? Where?!?!

Bad move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40538027)

Google killed Desktop Search too that was the best search tool for Windows OS. Now they kill the best home page. I am sure a small company will step in with a replacement for iGoogle if Google plays nice or is it the new MS?

Google Reader (1)

slasho81 (455509) | more than 2 years ago | (#40538043)

Now I'm fearing for Google Reader, which I use all the time. Google hasn't updated it for years, so it's just a matter of time before it is "spring cleaned".

google not às cool as they used to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40538045)

Fn bean counters ruin everything they touch. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

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