As traditional news venues lose interest in iGoogle retirement and Google continues to maintain its passive aggressive stance, you may wonder how we're going to keep things fresh.
- Keep you informed on Save iGoogle Campaign developments.
- Release an extensive list of iGoogle alternatives by the end of August. The list will include a feature comparison and each alternative has to be multi-platform capable (i.e., multi-browser, multi-OS and multi-hardware).
- Publish an in-depth review of one or two of those alternatives each week.
- Continue to scour the Web for stories you may have missed.
There should be no shortage of blogosphere stories. There are plenty of savvy people who like to publish what they're doing. Many of the stories don't have the detail to be included in our "How To" page and series, but we're finding plenty of creativity. Without further ado, you may want to check out:
- Ian Ballard's "An English Shooters Blog" where he discusses using a self-hosted portal and "The problem with reliance on the cloud",
- Lanny Arvan's "Lanny on Learning Technology" where he talks about "Replacing iGoogle" with Blogger and Google Sites,
- Patricia at "Patricia in PDX" who was "Discombobulated, Temporarily" until she used browser tabs to access her most used web resources, and
- Paul Wagner's "Teach Thru Technology" where in "Time for Change: An iGoogle Alternative" he found Flipboard worked for him.
We recognize many users have no interest in spinning up a website whether it be self-hosted, Blogger, Google Sites or otherwise (but these are just ideas, you don't have to try them). And, if we were Patricia, we would have also talked about pinning browser tabs with Firefox or Chrome (Internet Explorer users can pin to the taskbar in Windows 7, but Safari users are out of luck). As for Flipboard, we enjoy using the "social magazine" app as a leisurely alternative to an RSS Reader, but think Feedly is as good and a better multi-platform alternative since it supports iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari and Firefox (sorry Internet Explorer users).
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