Since Google announced that it's going to be closing down its personalized homepage product, iGoogle, not everybody has been welcoming of that news. In fact, some are downright angry and upset. Since Google slipped the announcement through Tuesday afternoon, Search Engine Roundtable's Barry Schwartz points out that the Google Search Forum section for iGoogle Personal Homepage topics has been inundated with posts protesting Google's decision to end iGoogle. The original announcement from Googler Conrad alone has 1025 posts and 6040 views. In all, it looks like there have been around 300 posts created about iGoogle's demise.
As it goes, people apparently really liked having a control panel for all of the Google products they use. Who knew? Here's what some of them are saying:
There's about a thousand other posts just like these, plus all of the other threads that users have created to hawk up their disapproval of Google's decision. Honestly, I haven't seen a public display of rejection like this since Cleveland reacted to Lebron James' decision to skip town and head to Miami.
What's more, eight petitions have been created on change.org in hopes of convincing Google to not shut down iGoogle. The most popular one has already reached 949 signatures of its incredibly ambitious goal of 5,000,000. That's a whopper of a goal to collect, but maybe not that unrealistic given that iGoogle won't even close down for another 17 months. Who knows, maybe enough disgruntled iGoogle users will band together and at least come close to reaching that goal if not achieve it altogether.
Then again, is iGoogle really dragging Google down? Hardly. What harm could be done by allowing the faithful iGooglers to keep this product? If the iGoogle users want their MTV, Google, you should probably go ahead and let them have it.