Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Backstit.ch - Another iGoogle Alternative

Google is closing iGoogle in November and I know that there are quite a few readers who are looking for some alternatives to it. If you are looking for an alternative this morning TechCrunch had a story about a new service called Backstit.ch that you might like.

Backstit.ch is a new service that provides a personalized start page for you. Backstit.ch allows you to organize and display information from your favorite websites and services. Your start page can be constructed of information from Backstit.ch's suggested sites or from RSS feeds that you specify. I created a simple start page of information from TechCrunch, CNN, my Twitter feed, and Free Technology for Teachers. While it was easy to add content from Backstit.ch's suggested sources, adding content from a non-featured source like Free Technology for Teachers required entering the feed URL rather than just the site URL.

Applications for Education
Hopefully, Backstit.ch will soon make it easier to add content from non-featured sources. I would also like to see them add the option for creating multiple pages within an account and or have an option to share pages. When they do that it could be a good way to create start pages about your favorite topics. Until then, I think that Symbaloo is a better alternative to iGoogle.