Showing posts with label home pages. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home pages. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Start.me - Your Favorite Sites, Feeds, Calendars, and Social Networks In One Place

Start.me is a free service for organizing all of your favorite sites, RSS feeds, and social networks in one place. The easiest way to describe Start.me is to call it an iGoogle replacement. On Start.me you can create as many start pages or homepages as you like. On each page you can include widgets for RSS feeds, bookmarks, feeds from social networks, and you can include calendars from your Google Account. Start.me offers a browser bookmarklet that you can use to add content to your start pages at any time.


The first time that you use Start.me you will be greeted by a default start page. To remove a widget from the default page just click on the edit option in the upper-right corner of the widget. From that same edit menu you can also remove an element of a widget without removing the entire widget. If you would like to add a widget use the "add" menu in the top-left corner of the page. The "add" menu is the same menu that provides the option to create additional start pages within your account.

Applications for Education
I have never been a big user of start pages, but I know that a lot teachers like to use them as a place to organize the resources they use with students on a regular basis. The appeal of Start.me for those teachers could be the option to create multiple start pages. By using that option teachers could create a different start page for each of the courses that they teach.

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.