Showing posts with label iGoogle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iGoogle. Show all posts

Friday, November 29, 2013

iChrome - An iGoogle-like Option for Chrome Users

Many iGoogle alternatives have popped-up on the web over the last eighteen months or so. I was never a big iGoogle user so I didn't miss it when it went away. That said, iChrome is an iGoogle alternative that I can see myself using on a daily basis. iChrome uses and iGoogle-like interface to display your calendar, notes, apps, favorite sites, and more whenever you open a new tab in Chrome. I'm constantly opening new tabs so iChrome is going to put things in front of me all day long.

H/T to Lifehacker

Friday, November 1, 2013

iGoogle Is Gone - Here Are Some Other Options

If you tried to visit your iGoogle page today and couldn't that's because Google has closed the service (to be fair they've been warning us for a year that it would be closing). I never used it much, but I know a lot of people that did. If you're one of those people who are searching for an iGoogle replacement, take a look at the following seven options.

My Link Cloud allows you to create start pages with your favorite links.Within your account you can create multiple start pages. Each start page can have a different color scheme. Organizing the links on your pages is a simple drag and drop process. To delete a link just right click on it then confirm that you want to delete it from your start page. My Link Cloud allows you to add sticky notes to your start pages. You can add frames to your My Link Cloud pages too. The frames allow you to group items on your pages.

Wibki is a free service for creating personalized start pages. To create your start page with Wibki register with an email address or Facebook account. Wibki's three step tutorial will quickly guide you through the process of add your email service and social media profiles to your Wibki start page. After adding your email and social media profiles to your Wibki page you can add sections of recommended content to your page. Wibki offers a browser bookmarklet that you can also use to add any website to your Wibki page.

Start Me is a free start page / home page service that puts all of your most-used bookmarks and most-read RSS feeds on one clean page. Start Me even offers an option to import all of your bookmarks and RSS feeds from iGoogle. Click here for the directions on how to migrate from iGoogle to Start Me.

Symbaloo is probably the most recognized alternative to iGoogle. Symbaloo allows you to bookmark your favorite websites and arrange them into tile boards that you can share or keep private. Symbaloo calls the tile boards webmixes. You can create multiple webmixes arranged according to topics of your choosing. Symbaloo offers a free iPhone app and a free Android app that you can use to access your webmixes whenever and wherever you connect to the web. Symbaloo does offer an education version, but the education version is not free except for individual use which doesn't make it different than signing up for a regular Symbaloo account.

OneFeed is a Chrome extension that uses Chrome's "new tab" page as your start page. With OneFeed installed when you open a new tab you will see a page of feeds from your favorite blogs and social networks. You can also have your Gmail inbox displayed on the start page.

Backstit.ch is a service that 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. Backstit.ch offers a browser bookmarklet that allows you to quickly add content to your startpage. Backstit.ch allows you to create multiple pages according to your interests.

Proto Page is a service that Colleen Terrill recommended to me. Proto Page is probably the service that is most similar to iGoogle in terms of features. Proto Page allows you to add all kinds of widgets, RSS feeds, and search tools to one page. You can add widgets for weather, news, bookmarks, and productivity. Proto Page has lots of recommended content, but you can also add your own favorite RSS feeds to your pages.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Seven Alternatives to iGoogle

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, on November 1st Google will be discontinuing the iGoogle service. I was never a frequent user of iGoogle, but I have met many elementary school and middle school teachers that had their students using it as the launching point for many of the online activities that they had students complete on a daily basis. If you are looking for a replacement for iGoogle, give one of the following services a try.

My Link Cloud allows you to create start pages with your favorite links.Within your account you can create multiple start pages. Each start page can have a different color scheme. Organizing the links on your pages is a simple drag and drop process. To delete a link just right click on it then confirm that you want to delete it from your start page. My Link Cloud allows you to add sticky notes to your start pages. You can add frames to your My Link Cloud pages too. The frames allow you to group items on your pages.

Wibki is a free service for creating personalized start pages. To create your start page with Wibki register with an email address or Facebook account. Wibki's three step tutorial will quickly guide you through the process of add your email service and social media profiles to your Wibki start page. After adding your email and social media profiles to your Wibki page you can add sections of recommended content to your page. Wibki offers a browser bookmarklet that you can also use to add any website to your Wibki page.

Start Me is a free start page / home page service that puts all of your most-used bookmarks and most-read RSS feeds on one clean page. Start Me even offers an option to import all of your bookmarks and RSS feeds from iGoogle. Click here for the directions on how to migrate from iGoogle to Start Me.

Symbaloo is probably the most recognized alternative to iGoogle. Symbaloo allows you to bookmark your favorite websites and arrange them into tile boards that you can share or keep private. Symbaloo calls the tile boards webmixes. You can create multiple webmixes arranged according to topics of your choosing. Symbaloo offers a free iPhone app and a free Android app that you can use to access your webmixes whenever and wherever you connect to the web. Symbaloo does offer an education version, but the education version is not free except for individual use which doesn't make it different than signing up for a regular Symbaloo account.

OneFeed is a Chrome extension that uses Chrome's "new tab" page as your start page. With OneFeed installed when you open a new tab you will see a page of feeds from your favorite blogs and social networks. You can also have your Gmail inbox displayed on the start page.

Backstit.ch is a service that 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.

Proto Page is a service that Colleen Terrill recommended to me. Proto Page is probably the service that is most similar to iGoogle in terms of features. Proto Page allows you to add all kinds of widgets, RSS feeds, and search tools to one page. You can add widgets for weather, news, bookmarks, and productivity. Proto Page has lots of recommended content, but you can also add your own favorite RSS feeds to your pages.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Start Me - A Clean Start Page to Replace iGoogle

If you have been searching for a service to replace iGoogle (it will be shut down on November 1), you might not have to look any farther than Start Me. Start Me is a free start page / home page service that puts all of your most-used bookmarks and most-read RSS feeds on one clean page. Start Me even offers an option to import all of your bookmarks and RSS feeds from iGoogle. Click here for the directions on how to migrate from iGoogle to Start Me.

Applications for Education
I was never a frequent user of iGoogle, but I have met many elementary school and middle school teachers that had their students using it as the launching point for many of the online activities that they had students complete on a daily basis. Start Me could be used in the same manner.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wibki - Quickly Create Personalized Start Pages

Wibki is a free service for creating personalized start pages. It's service that I think people that like iGoogle will like. (Remember, iGoogle is closing on November 1st). To create your start page with Wibki register with an email address or Facebook account. Wibki's three step tutorial will quickly guide you through the process of add your email service and social media profiles to your Wibki start page. After adding your email and social media profiles to your Wibki page you can add sections of recommended content to your page. Wibki offers a browser bookmarklet that you can also use to add any website to your Wibki page.

Applications for Education
Wibki could be a good service to use as a start page for classroom resources. I can also see students over the age of 13 using Wibki as a visual bookmarking tool.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Create a Custom Start Page With OneFeed for Chrome

Google is closing iGoogle on November 1st. Some readers have already migrated to Symbaloo or MyLinkCloud as their new browser start pages. OneFeed is a new option for filling the void that will be left by the closure of iGoogle. OneFeed is a Chrome extension that uses Chrome's "new tab" page as your start page. With OneFeed installed when you open a new tab you will see a page of feeds from your favorite blogs and social networks. You can also have your Gmail inbox displayed on the start page. Learn more in the video below.


Applications for Education
OneFeed could be a good extension for students in a current events course to use to keep up with news from reliable news outlets that you and they have selected together.

H/T to Life Hacker.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MyLinkCloud - The iGoogle Alternative You've Been Looking For

The news of Google shutting down iGoogle (November, 2013 for existing users) has left people scrambling to find alternative start page services on the web. One alternative to iGoogle that I tried last fall is MyLinkCloud. MyLinkCloud just added a couple of important features that are attractive to longtime iGoogle users.

MyLinkCloud now supports RSS feeds. You can display the RSS feeds of your favorite blogs on your MyLinkCloud start pages. The other new feature in MyLinkCloud of note is the option to include search boxes in your start pages. You can include Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube search boxes on your start pages. Normally these features are only unlocked if you invite others to use MyLinkCloud, but if you use the links on this post, MyLinkCloud will waive that requirement for you.

MyLinkCloud continues to support the option to add sticky notes to your start pages as well as the option to create frames or groups of links on your start page.

Watch the video below for some ideas about how your might use MyLinkCloud with students.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Link Cloud - A Beautiful iGoogle Alternative

My Link Cloud is a new service that could fill the space being left behind by the impending closure of iGoogle. My Link Cloud allows you to create start pages with your favorite links. There are other services that fill the same niche, but My Link Cloud is the most visually appealing of those that I have tried.

My Link Cloud allows you to create multiple start pages within your account. Each start page can have a different color scheme. Organizing the links on your pages is a simple drag and drop process. To delete a link just right click on it then confirm that you want to delete it from your start page.

My Link Cloud is still in beta so there are some aspects of it that are still in development that when finished could make it outstanding. Right now the only way to add links to your start pages in My Link Cloud is by using the browser extension. The other aspect that needs improvement is the collaboration option which is advertised as "coming soon" but is not available yet.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for an iGoogle alternative for you or your students, My Link Cloud is a promising service to check out. Your students could use My Link Cloud to create visual collections of links organized around topics they're researching.

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.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Say Goodbye to iGoogle and Hello to Symbaloo

Last week Google announced that they are shutting down iGoogle, Google Video, and three other services. According to my Google Analytics reports, iGoogle is still very popular with readers of Free Technology for Teachers. If you're an iGoogle user who will be looking for a new start page, my suggestion is to try Symbaloo.

Symbaloo allows you to bookmark your favorite websites and arrange them into tile boards that you can share or keep private. Symbaloo calls the tile boards webmixes. You can create multiple webmixes arranged according to topics of your choosing. Symbaloo offers a free iPhone app and a free Android app that you can use to access your webmixes anywhere.

Applications for Education
Symbaloo does offer an education version, but the education version is not free except for individual use which doesn't make it different than signing up for a regular Symbaloo account. Symbaloo can be good for organizing a set of resources to share with your students or colleagues. You could also have students create their own Symbaloo accounts and create webmixes around topics that they are researching.