Yet another Google service shutdown: Goodbye iGoogle

I doubt if most of you knew if iGoogle existed, but whether you knew it or not it wont make a difference any more, as Google has of today decided to pull the plug on it. iGoogle was a Web portal that let users customize a unique start page for the Web with RSS feeds and widgets now has been permanently closed after over eight years of service since May 2005.  It was chiefly designed for use as a browser homepage, but you could navigate to it from anywhere using your Google ID. There is no official statement from Google as the company, has opted to let die-hard iGoogle users mourn on their own terms.

 

Social media Kills iGoogle

The service boasted of over 7.1 million users by early 2007 and was available in  42 languages in more than 70 country domains. By early 2008, it represented 20% of Google’s search page traffic. By 2012, however, the exploding mobile
device market and the company’s new focus on Google+ was undermining the fundamental need for a Web portal like iGoogle, and the company placed the product in medical care.

Google did post a small help page answering the question “What happened to iGoogle?” and breaking the sad news for the bereaved:

We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips,” the obscurely posted death notice reads. “With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over
time.

For the few of us who used the service, we can now find our personal data in other Google service like Gmail, Calendar, Finance, Drive, Bookmarks, and Tasks.

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