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Tech Tip Tuesday – iGoogle Gadgets

Tech Tip Tuesday – iGoogle Gadgets

Following Google’s philosophy of making the information you want readily available to you, iGoogle offers many different gadgets and themes to customize your iGoogle home page. Here’s a look at what we’ve done with ours. From Mary Fran: I really like a quick snapshot of […]

Tech Tip Tuesday – iGoogle homepage

Tech Tip Tuesday – iGoogle homepage

iGoogle (also called Google Personalized Homepage) is a customizable startpage that you can use instead of the traditional Google homepage.  You can aggregate all the Google resources you use on your online desktop like: GMail, Google Calendar, bookmarks, Google docs, news feeds, weather and so much more. […]

Web page portals are getting an extreme makeover

Web page portals are getting an extreme makeover

According to Bare Bones 101, the definition of a Portal:

Portals are directories that have been created or taken over by commercial interests and then reconfigured to act as gateways to the web. These portal sites not only link to popular subject categories, they also offer additional services such as email, current news, stock quotes, travel information and maps.

Some of the best examples of portals are Yahoo, AOL and MSN. These websites want you to use their page as your home page. When you open up your browser – everything is there: mail, weather, news, stocks, etc.. The only problem is that most of the content on the front of these pages are “sponsored links”. The pages are busy and have a lot of ads.

With the invention of personalized homepages like iGoogle, MyYahoo, MyAOL, Pageflakes, Netvibes, and Windows Live – I think we will see less and less use of the traditional portal page. If you already have a Gmail account, you should definitely set up your iGoogle page. It’s fun to add new widgets for mail, calendar, RSS, weather, joke of the day, etc. I get to choose what’s on my homepage. I don’t need MSN to tell me what to read or look at anymore.

Image source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/02/24/the-personalized-homepage-war-who-matters/

Top Ten Tools 2008

Top Ten Tools 2008

Colette’s (updated) Top 10 Tools Gmail. I love this web based email system and the fact that I can access it from any computer. Not only do you get tons of storage but I like the way it keeps the threaded conversations together. Gmail chat […]