Don't take my iGoogle away!

Summary:Google is planning on taking down iGoogle Web portal next year and I don't like it one little bit.

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Once upon a time, the 90s, Web portals were all the rage. Everyone had to have one the same way everyone today has to have a cloud. Like most such technology fads it ran its course. That doesn't mean, that the idea of a Web portal—a single Web page from which you could get to all your most important Web applications, information and sites—was a bad idea. Indeed, when they were well done such as with Google's iGoogle the page can become your home page for the Internet. But, now Google wants to take our iGoogle away from us.! No!!

Google claims that “ With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.”

I disagree. Yes, I appreciate having over a year before the desktop version disappears. Yes, I could use Web and mobile apps to get what I want. Yes, I know my data will be safe on Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Finance, Google Docs (now Google Drive),Google Bookmarks, and Google Task. So what! I want a single Web page where I can find all of them with no fuss or muss. In short, I want iGoogle.

Google seems to think that Web portals are old hat. They're not. They may no longer be fashionable, but they're still darn useful. I moved to iGoogle in 2005 and I've never looked back. IGoogle is my default Web page. I have over a dozen computers and laptops. On each and every one of them iGoogle is the first thing I see when I turn any Web browser on.

I'm not the only person who feels that way. I know many other technology writers such as Joel Mathis and Barbara Krasnoff don't want to say good-bye to iGoogle. We're not technologyl luddites. We just like what works. Some people have even set up a petition to keep iGoogle alive.. I'm number 2,088 on the petition.

Why do I feel so strongly about iGoogle? Because it's so darn useful. It's my quick, one top for my e-mail, information, documents, weather, news, and . One of my favorite sayings, and pieces of technology advice is “If it's not broke, don't fix it.”

Google, iGoogle isn't broke, don't fix it, don't get rid of it.

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Topics: Google, Browser, Enterprise Software, Networking

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it.His work has been published in everything from highly technical publications... Full Bio

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