Discover the iGoogle replacement startpage that's right you…
iGoogle has been the rightful home for millions of us for years. Having to say goodbye was no easy ask - the site was unique in so many ways.
Since its introduction in May 2005, we've enjoyed being able to combine all the information, articles and tools of interest to us - all onto a single homepage by way of compact gadgets. We played with different themes to our hearts content in pursuit of the perfect personal startpage experience.
However, following iGoogle's demise in 2013 we've wondered where to head to next - many of us wanting more from a homepage than a search bar but less than some of the "loud and noisy" alternatives with their overbearing flashing ads and imposing videos.
So what are the real iGoogle replacement options? Sites with the calm serenity we've been used to in the past, with a focus on the gadget content, not ads?
Here we've produced a shortlist of sites that are worthy of consideration if you're looking to find that ideal homepage replacement.
With its vivid bookmark icons/tiles spanning a grid formation, Symbaloo makes a radical departure from the principles set by iGoogle. Clicking on tiles acts as a sort of visual bookmark service, taking you directly to the relevant native site. We found that some of these bookmarks would open in new browser tabs while others provide a search bar style text box for typing your search queries. All in all we found the site to be an interesting take on the subject of bookmarking but felt it lacked the finer qualities of iGoogle such as the ability to add customizable gadgets to your page.
If your interests lie more with business applications and syndicated news, then consider taking a look at Netvibes. It's a little complicated at first to set-up and get used to but does have a good feature set with its own custom widgets and RSS feeds. There's a good library of widgets, many of which have been developed by Netvibes directly.
For those of you interested in PC & Mac games or video games, we recommend you take a look at GameSoft. We found the site to have a similar look and feel of iGoogle but with a gaming flavor that's engaging and vibrant. The site provides thousands of familiar gadgets and themes - many of them gaming related. The site features game news and game reviews covering all major gaming platforms including Xbox, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation and PC & Mac games too.
The site that impressed us the most, based on its support for original iGoogle gadgets and themes, was BlueG. We immediately felt at home and instinctively knew where to find our favorite gadgets and iGoogle style themes. The site has a clean and clear appearance and we particularly liked the extra "channels" which provide live news on topics such as music, sport and fashion. If you are looking for a site that provides an iGoogle home-from-home experience, look no further than BlueG.