Google has announced they will be shutting down iGoogle as of November 1st, 2013. Stating that it no longer fit within the strategy of Google. The company believes that their browser (Google Chrome) will eventually take over all functions.
There has been a negative backlash and even some angry responses since the announcement. This is comprehensible considering there are still millions using iGoogle. It has been an online home to many for quite some time and now they will have to just pack up and figure out where to move.
This post is intended for anyone considering moving to Symbaloo as an iGoogle alternative. Creating a quick and simple start to the Internet is Symbaloo’s core business. We have a dedicated team in the United States and The Netherlands. The company is profitable with affiliates, business solutions and Symbaloo EDU.
Even though tools such as iGoogle and Delicious, both similar to Symbaloo, are shutting down you can rest assured that we will certainly continue to exist.
iGoogle vs. Symbaloo
Symbaloo has often been called an iGoogle competitor. Both services are intended for use as a homepage, however they have slightly different functions. iGoogle functions as a dashboard that tracks numerous blogs and news sources, supplemented with widgets. Symbaloo provides an effortless way to surf the Internet with a visual and easy to customize interface.
Symbaloo: a good iGoogle alternative?
Symbaloo is used worldwide and already favored as an iGoogle alternative in various articles. Below are some benefits to using Symbaloo as an iGoogle alternative:
1. RSS overview – all news on one page
You can add all of your news sources in to a Symbaloo “webmix” similar to that of an iGoogle dashboard and have an overview of all of the current news.
2. Use Symbaloo anywhere and on any device
You can access all of your Symbaloo settings on any computer, smartphone, iPad and tablet since everything is stored online in the cloud. There is also a Symbaloo app that can be downloaded for free.
3. Wealth of useful widgets
Symbaloo contains numerous widgets that populate in the center when used. The most popular of Symbaloo widgets are Weather, rainfall radar, Facebook and traffic reports.
It is important for any user to have quick and easy access to Google search so the center widget box on Symbaloo is always preset with a Google search widget.
An iGoogle importer is already in the works. Once it is available you can import your iGoogle settings to Symbaloo here.