In case anyone is still hoping it's a bad joke, What's happening to iGoogle? is being delivered. "Phase one" of iGoogle's retirement is moving forward, albeit slowly. At 9:16pm MDT last night we took the screenshot to the left. iGoogle mobile was still working. We checked again at 11:05pm MDT last night and several times this morning on iPhones and Android phones. The iGoogle icon is still there, but it unceremoniously takes us to the Google mobile search (Web) page instead of iGoogle. At least one user "didn't get the memo".
We also submitted a test gadget to the gadget directory this morning expecting it to be rejected, as reported at our exclusive on Spring Cleaning Does Include Google Gadgets! But, the gadget directory appears to continue to accept new gadgets. We'll continue to watch this and report when the situation changes.
In other news, there's already been one defection of note from the gadget developer ranks. The developer known as Gadgeteer has apparently eliminated support of all things Google (well, at least Blogger and Gadgets) and has left some unhappy users in his wake.
This development does present the opportunity for a couple of questions. How would you react if gadget developers flee for the exits and abandon iGoogle overnight? Instead, what if developers organize monthly temporary blackout campaigns? Without getting into technical details, please be aware each campaign would need to last for three to four days for full effect because Google caches (stores) developer code for about 24 hours. Is it something iGoogle users will understand and support? Will you be willing to flood the iGoogle Personal Homepage forum and Google phone lines on those days with complaints?