Google announced in July of last year that it would be shutting down iGoogle, its personalized homepage product. The announcement came in one of the company’s semi-regular “spring cleaning” announcements, despite being in the summer.
Google is able to shut down some products with little outcry. Other times, Google upsets users by taking away services that they love. The biggest case of this was probably Google Reader, which was officially killed earlier this year. iGoogle, however, appears to have its share of fans as well.
Unfortunately for them, iGoogle will officially go away in three days. If you go there now, you’ll see a message like this:
We wrote about the pending demise of iGoogle about a month ago, and the comments have trickled in ever since, with users expressing their disdain.
“Extremely disappointed that my iGoogle is being taken away. What is the point of taking away something that people use and like? Yahoo, here I come,” said one reader.
Yahoo, perhaps trying to capitalize on Google’s move (and knowing the value of a good homepage), recently released an updated version of its My Yahoo product, complete with an iGoogle import tool. This is, however, only one of many alternatives on the market. You can see a list of some of them here.