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Do you still use iGoogle?

Crying iGoogle logoDo you use iGoogle for a personal or shared start page at your library? In the past, we've heard about libraries where the staff all used it to exchange notes about the library, monitor SCLS blogs for new posts, keep track of email and scheduling, and more. Google has announced that iGoogle will be retired on November 1, 2013.

If iGoogle is a necessary part of your daily routine, you might try a similar service. Some examples include Netvibes, Protopage, My Yahoo, uStart, Spaaze, and Symbaloo. Reviews from Lifehacker and MakeUseOf.

Or, are you ready to rethink the idea of using a start page? Maybe using a combination of extensions and multiple homepages in your browser would suffice. This may be what Google intends—their announcement cites "modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android" as the culprit for a shrinking iGoogle user base.

My own testing with Chrome suggests that it doesn't do what iGoogle does, but it might serve the same purpose. I figured out how to add extensions for sticky notes, Google Search, Google Reader, Google Calendar, and Gmail on the new tab page, but they don't show preview content like iGoogle does. This is where multiple homepages come in. Chrome (and any other modern browser) can be set to open several pages in separate tabs on start up, and a quick glance through each tab might be close enough to the preview I'd get from an iGoogle page.

If you currently use iGoogle, what are you going to try as a replacement? (And if you have a trusty system for day-to-day communication between desk staff, please share it in the comments!)

Thanks to Marilyn at Stoughton Public Library for suggesting this topic!

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