Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Good Bye iGoogle and a few other products by spring cleaning in summer

First published in my Examiner column

Ironically the news that Google is shutting down iGoogle along with a few other applications came to me via my iGoogle ( a customized home page), Google's blog post "Spring cleaning in summer" is high on my widget for news about Google on my iGoogle page.
I liked iGoogle and am mifffed at Google for shutting it down. I am sure there are alternatives other than  My Yahoo, Netvibes but in general custom home pages have seen a decline. I wish Google had polled the users on iGoogle. Read details of the iGoogle shutdown  which will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.
If you are a consumer or a small business you may want to see that Google is shutting down it's widget that let you embed Google Chat on your website. They want you to try the Meebo bar that Google acquired recently. I may not miss Google Video, or Google Mini or the Symbian Search App the others that are being shut down but will definitely miss iGoogle.
What do you think ?

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