8.07.2007

i heart igoogle

I love, love, love iGoogle. It's exactly what I needed.

It will definitely help me keep up with reading, especially sites where I am always chronically behind: The Diary of Samuel Pepys, The New York Times Book Review, and friends' blogs. I already see it's helping me keep up with hard news, too. At the very least, it saves time and clicks.

I'm using tabs to organize groups of gadgets, and for now I feel no need to use Google Reader or another feed reader. The gadgets are pretty cool: there are tons of useful or fun tools you can stick on your home page. Or not.

And after playing around with iGoogle yesterday and today, I don't think it will become a Project unto itself.

I notice that many of us use Blogger, and Google Reader, iGoogle, Google Maps, Google Earth, and so on. But we all use Flickr, a Yahoo product. But does anyone here use Google's Picasa? I opened a Picasa account when I first started blogging, as it was the only way I knew of to post pictures. It was clumsy and time-consuming, and often didn't work at all. Once I found Flickr, there was no contest. Yet I never use Yahoo for anything else (although I've belonged to a few Yahoo Groups in the past).

4 comments:

James said...

I tried Picassa when it first came out as a desktop application, and didn't like it much. Lotsa flashy stuff, but not very practical.

By the time it showed up as a web app, I was already on Flickr, and didn't see any point in trying to move.

I also use Yahoo's LAUNCHcast for music. It has a nice automatic recommendation system based on listener ratings.

Scott M. said...

I've been using iGoogle for about two months now and it's OK. I hate the "Information is not available at this time" thing that pops up waay too often, and the fact that it seems to pull the RSS only every so often, such that if you're waiting for breaking news on a blog you won't see it for a half hour or so.

Other than that, I do like the fact it gives me an ability to see if anyone has done some updating at a glance.

L-girl said...

I hate the "Information is not available at this time" thing that pops up waay too often, and the fact that it seems to pull the RSS only every so often, such that if you're waiting for breaking news on a blog you won't see it for a half hour or so.

Hmm, I wonder when that will start happening to me.

Probably one reason it's such a good fit for me is that I don't care about breaking news at blogs, I only need that from hard news sites like CBC, NY Times, etc.

I'm used to going to various sites every few days, or weekly. So for me it's more having everything in one place, saving clicks, seeing if something has been updated in the last few days.

It sounds like you want more of a feed reader, no?

L-girl said...

James, is Launchcast a downloading service, or a listening site?