We’ve known for about a year and a half that iGoogle was going to be shut down, but the day has finally come. If you try to access it, you’ll now be redirected to the Google homepage.
Google announced the news in July of 2012 as one of a handful of services that would be going away. The list also included: the Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback, Google Video, and the Google Symbian app.
Google said at the time:
On November 1, 2013, iGoogle will be retired. We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.
A lot of people had already stopped using iGoogle as the Internet evolved (myself included). Others have since moved on to various alternatives (you can see a list here).
Still, a lot of users have told us that they will miss the service, and some are upset that it’s going away.
Yahoo, perhaps anticipating this backlash, recently updated its My Yahoo homepage product complete with an iGoogle import tool.
Were you using iGoogle? What are you using now?