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iGoogle: For reals?
A new graphic suggests that iGoogle may become a new buzzword.
crates




msg:3327097
 5:57 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Just logged into my Personalized Google homepage, only to find that the familiar Google graphic has been replaced with a new iGoogle graphic (yes, the "i" is italicized).

[google.com...]

[google.com...]

I use the personalized Google feature daily, and have not noticed this before today. A search on Google for "iGoogle" returns a moderately small amount of results (around 100,000 compared to many more results for any other Google buzzword/topic: "google personalized" searched in quotes, by comparison, yields 600,000+ results).

What's more, the results I'm actually seeing here are merely speculatory, taking suggestion from domain name registries etc. that Google might be rolling out such a branding. Yet here it is, live and full of moxie, right on my digital doorstep.

So... what's up? Did I discover something new?

[edited by: encyclo at 2:07 pm (utc) on May 1, 2007]

 

Robert Charlton




msg:3327102
 6:19 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

AP article on MSNBC:
Google dubs personal home page 'iGoogle' [msnbc.msn.com]
Brand will only be visible to those using the company's 'gadgets'

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Already synonymous with looking things up on the Internet, Google Inc. is creating a new name for stamping a personal touch on its Web site iGoogle.

The Mountain View-based company plans to debut the new iGoogle logo Tuesday when it will also introduce a new set of customization tools designed to encourage more people to log in to its Internet-leading search engine more frequently.

The iGoogle brand only will be visible to Web surfers who have chosen to adorn Google's famously plain home page with an assortment of bells and whistles drawn from an assortment of more than 25,000 modules commonly known as "gadgets."


crates




msg:3327109
 6:34 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the article reference, Robert!

So did I scoop this, or what? It would be pretty Niftarific(TM) if this thread got used for discussing the "new set of customization tools" that are coming out later today. I'd get to call up my mom, and tell her that I was actually on the ball for once... then I'd head on over to CafePress and have some t-shirts made up that say, "This one time at WebMasterWorld, I started this thread that a whole bunch of people paid attention to for a little while!"

Yep, I guess all my hopes and dreams are finally being realized. Looks like everything's coming up Milhouse.

GrendelKhan TSU




msg:3327115
 6:48 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

whoops! I must be blind...didn't see this thread and just posted about this. +_+ yah. I gotz me an iGoogle page as well. And here I thought Apple had cornered the mindshare on "i" prefixes. heh.

I personally think its lame, but that's just me. The thing I actually find FUNNY about it is.. I remember someone actually joking about that as the name for personal pages way back...

skipfactor says ">>So what does ig stand for? I Google?" -May 21, 2005 [webmasterworld.com]

LOL! good call skip! someone give that man a donut! ^^

[edited by: GrendelKhan_TSU at 6:56 am (utc) on May 1, 2007]

crates




msg:3327124
 7:01 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Here I thought Apple had cornered the mindshare on 'i' prefixes."

Mmm... who's to say that Google isn't already in talks with Apple for some kind of partnership down the line?

Let's open the door to some unfounded speculation... that always goes over pretty well with the peanut gallery.

GrendelKhan TSU




msg:3327148
 7:44 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the article reference, Robert!
So did I scoop this, or what? It would be pretty Niftarific(TM) if this thread got used for discussing the "new set of customization tools" that are coming out later today. I'd get to call up my mom, and tell her that I was actually on the ball for once... then I'd head on over to CafePress and have some t-shirts made up that say, "This one time at WebMasterWorld, I started this thread that a whole bunch of people paid attention to for a little while!"

Yep, I guess all my hopes and dreams are finally being realized. Looks like everything's coming up Milhouse.

beat me by 15 min! my post didn't go through cause yours was there. lol dang office mates asking questions mid-posting! @)_#$*(@)$*@! lol ;)

back on topic:
let not forget the "introduce a new set of customization tools"...

now I admit.. I never really used the personalize homepage (I just set it up long ago when it first came out and then tinkered with only for testing now and again. it was just too dang ugly for me.) so I don't know if this was there already or not...

but the only thing I noticed new was the "select theme" box. I chose "sweet dreams" which changes the background sky theme depending on my local time. it DOES look better than the original and themes are good... but I gotta say... its still a long way from anything I'd like to look at by default.

then there is the make your own gadgets no programming required!
[google.com...]

Framed Photo
GoogleGram
Daily Me
Free Form
YouTube Channel
Personal List
Countdown

all seem ok.. but all are available elsewhere, but without the ugly.

yah yah...big g knows best. maybe in the rest of the world... but in my market, I gotz me some 100mps fiberline broadband and media rich flashy slick sites where "the cover is as important as the book". So until g gets some form AS WELL as function...its just not going to cut it for me (or I suspect others out here).

tedster




msg:3327151
 7:59 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

And here I thought Apple had cornered the mindshare on "i" prefixes. heh.

That was the first thing I thought of, too. But Google CEO Eric Schmidt is also on the Apple Board of Directors, so I guess he thinks its OK.

Robert Charlton




msg:3327157
 8:14 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

And here I thought Apple had cornered the mindshare on "i" prefixes. heh.

I can remember when the "i" prefixes and the "e" prefixes were a sign that the site had just missed out on the domain name it really wanted. Everything comes around again. Helps if your business name begins with a consonant too...

crates




msg:3327158
 8:14 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

"...the only thing I noticed new was the 'select theme' box..."

Not entirely new, actually. I started using the Teahouse theme around two or three weeks ago (so I could get my Yin and Yang in balance- because I frickin' love HARMONY!)

It's worked, by the way. My Personalized Homepage is now one of those places where I can really focus on my Chi.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:04 pm (utc) on May 1, 2007]
[edit reason] edited off-topic comments [/edit]

crates




msg:3327159
 8:17 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

"I can remember when the 'i' prefixes and the 'e' prefixes were a sign that the site had just missed out on the domain name it really wanted. Everything comes around again. Helps if your business name begins with a consonant too..."

Unless you're in Sweden, where it feels more natural to pronounce company names like "ieBay".

Bork, bork, bork.

crates




msg:3327161
 8:23 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

I wonder how this will affect the other [addons.mozilla.org] two [fileforum.betanews.com] products [gold-software.com] coined as "iGoogle"...

No, I'm just kidding. I don't actually wonder that. I think we all know that those products will be crushed under the boot of the Almighty Goo.

Heh. Goo crushing you. Programmatic irony.

mattg3




msg:3327240
 11:10 am on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Heh. Goo crushing you. Programmatic irony.

Bit like MS, as soon as someone improved their OS and made a decent product, MS cloned it and nuked the startup.

dillonstars




msg:3327312
 12:36 pm on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

I alsways wondered why the URL for this was www.google.com/ig ... I guess they have always thought about this name for it...

It's wierd though, as Google usually have gone with a no frills/literal name for their products.. iGoogle just doesnt say custom desktop to me.

sem4u




msg:3327319
 12:42 pm on May 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Some more information here:

Under the umbrella term iGoogle, users will be able to share their own writings, photos and lists as well as getting a personalised view of the web based on geographical location and search history.

To encourage users to share their creative work, Google is introducing Gadget Maker, which allows users who do not know how to code to publish content simply.

There will be seven templates that can be used for personalisation, including ones that allow for the publishing of photos, sending virtual greeting cards or creating lists of favourite songs or films.

[news.bbc.co.uk...]

Looking at the gadget maker, it should prove popular with the myspace generation.

annej




msg:3328086
 1:11 am on May 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

Google is introducing Gadget Maker, which allows users who do not know how to code to publish content simply.

Boy is that something new. ;)

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