They talked about it for over a year. People were confused why the personal homepage was shuttering. But is the page really gone, or just hiding?
iGoogle Shut Down
On November 1st, iGoogle – the webpage that allowed you to add RSS feeds, widgets and more – went offline. It was over a year in the making when Google announced they were shutter the service.
iGoogle launched in 2005 as an Ajax driven browser. You could create your own widgets using the Google Gadgets API. Of course, you could add RSS feeds for news from your favorite web sites.
Yahoo was one of the original creators of a customizable home page. If you were an IT administrator back in 2000, you saw the majority of employees that either wanted or had Yahoo as their homepage.
If you do a search for iGoogle, you will get www.yahoo.com/igoogle - pointing to the newest version of Yahoo’s customizable home page.
Is iGoogle Really Dead?
While Matt Eichner said it is no longer relevant 16 months ago, it might still be a part of future Google’s plans. Since Google is pushing more into their social network Google+, could iGoogle eventually reform into some type of page within Google+?
Chrome also has bounced back and forth on homepage ideas. It could easily add an iGoogle-esque option. all without having to type in iGoogle.
Of course, Google is moving to HTML5 and the Ajax driven iGoogle just wasn’t in the plans.