♫The conductor sings his song again,
The passengers will please refrain
This train’s got the disappearing railroad blues…♫
Lyrics and Music by Steve Goodman, recorded by Arlo Guthrie.
What’s happening to iGoogle?
According to Google, “iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.”
With respect, this decision appears to be either badly explained or inexplicable. I imagine that there are thousands, if not millions, who use their iGoogle home page as a quick way to organize all the RSS feeds that they find interesting. A personal dashboard that allows you to overview your e-world quickly and easily.
Why you ask? According to Google: “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 something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.”
OK – so Google – you are winding down iGoogle – but *where* are these alternatives that you mention? Easily adjust or export your data? To do that we need an alternative.
This indicates the problem with depending on cloud-based computing. Once you get accustomed and dependent on a cloud-based platform, there is nothing stopping the developer from killing it and leaving you in the lurch.
Will your data disappear? No, not according to Google: “All of your personal data stored in other Google products will continue to be available via those products, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Finance, Google Docs (now Google Drive),Google Bookmarks, and Google Tasks. Other gadgets, like the to-do list, allow you to export your data – look for the “Download all” option under the drop-down menu tied to the title of your list. Most iGoogle gadgets are created and maintained by third-party developers. If you’d like to export your data, you should contact the gadget creator directly.”
What about those alternatives? Google says in response to the question: “Are there any other alternatives? On your mobile device, Google Play offers applications ranging from games to news readers tohome screen widgets.”
Well, I use iGoogle on my laptop. A mobile device app doesn’t help me here! I assume that I am not alone and quite frankly, I am feeling a bit abandoned here.
It seems to me that this is just a smoke screen to push you further into the Google world. Google says: “If you’re a fan of Google Chrome, the Chrome Web Store provides a similar range of options like productivity tools and applications to check the weather. In addition, just like iGoogle, you canpersonalize Chrome with a theme.”
Uh uh. Nope. Not me. The last thing I am going to do is reward this behaviour by going deeper into the Google black-hole. I will be looking for alternatives – that is assured. I love the way iGoogle gives me a personalized desktop. Now I will be looking for anything but a Google alternative. I got the disappearing iGoogle blues.This entry was posted on Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 9:26 am and is filed under Adding Value, Change Management, Issues facing Law Firms, Technology, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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