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11:24 pm on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google Personalize Your Homepage

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10:11 pm on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Looks like Google Labs has just introduced "Personalize Your Homepage" a sort of MyGoogle type thing. Decent start but it would be much better if you could add your own XML feeds to the page.

BTW, check out the cool drag and drop of the content groups.

10:52 pm on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here tis: [google.com...]

I know urls arenít allowed, but....

Looks pretty neat, it'll become my new homepage.

11:58 pm on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I predicted this about two months ago. Google is losing it, they've now become MSN and Yahoo.

If I worked at MSN and Yahoo, I would be breaking out the champaign. Google is deciding to follow the pack instead of leading it. They've justed evened the playing field with this move.

Why in the world would they do this? Beyond me... honestly.

12:08 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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they are just doing it to give their users more options... some will use it, some wont, but at least they provide the option.
2:11 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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[google.com...]

Google Inc. is introducing a way for consumers to create personal Web pages with customized news, stock prices, weather, and other information, marking a further foray outside the pure search business and competing even more directly with Yahoo Inc. and other Web portal sites.

2:38 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here is a story for those of you old enough to remember these times...

Once upon a time, there was a department store called Cracy's. It was a beautiful store and people came from all around to just to marvel at all you could buy there. Beds, dishes, clothing, shoes...

These were grand stores that offered everything to everyone. But then one day, a dark shadow fell upon the department store. This was the shadow of specialization. Stores like sleapys, 7th avenue electrophonics, feetlookers and ambercroby and finches... (you might have to live on the east coast of America to understand these references...)

One by one the lights went out on these department stores because the people of the world had gone fickle. They wanted specialized stores where they could find sneakers or shoes. They wanted to look at 500 toasters and 3,000 televisions all at one time. Alas, Crazy's was an inch deep and a mile wide. People wanted stores a mile deep and an inch wide.

Here's another variation...

Once upon there was a website called Google, it was an inch wide and a mile deep and people flocked to Google because this is what they wanted. Then one day...

2:44 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Superb Stuff Google

absolutely love it ...

Shak

3:17 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This is really nice. I just switch from my.yahoo to google/ig

Very clean and easy to use.

It's nice for the people that want it, and the main google.com homepage can stay simple for the people that want it to stay that way.

Seems like a win-win to me.

3:18 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)



it's optional so you really can't complain. The plain site is still alive and kicking.
5:02 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I personally like it. One of the better things that google has done done in a while.

Next step, allow is humble SEOs who do not scrape google to view the top 10 results of our favorite searches. :)

Should have added the option for adwords / adsense stats and personal RSS feeds.

5:26 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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New homepage for me. :)

Can't wait for generic RSS.

5:29 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think it is a good thing. It must have been 'on the cards' for ages...
5:30 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Some people will enjoy having things all in one spot--different things for different folks, you know? :)

By the way, I should mention that I'm gonna be on vacation for a week, starting in around an hour. My sweetie (yes, GoogleGuy has a sweetie) has threatened to hide my laptop while I'm not working, so don't be surprised if my post count holds steady at 2750 or whatever it is for a while.

5:31 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Anyone noticed how you can drag and move the tables around. *sexy* :)
5:33 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sheesh. AWA is at 2635 posts? I hope AWA doesn't pass me while I'm out of town. AWA, when I get back, I may start hanging out in the Foo forum just to keep up with you. :)
6:09 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Set that to my homepage immediately - first time I've changed my homepage since I set it to Google, oh, years ago. Congratulations, GoogleGuy and colleagues.

So, here's what we need next: I want to be able to "broadcast" a personal quote of the day, word of the day, or calendar item so that other people can subscribe and get this to appear on their Google home page. I know things like RSS exist - but as things stand that's all far too geeky for average users to pick up. Google's ownership of Blogger will be the key to this sort of personal and subscribable publishing - an option to "publish to Google homepages" will appear. Apple sadly (but not surprisingly) missed a big opportunity by not making a free and universal calendar server with iCal - Google can pick up that dropped ball also so we can publish personal "today in history" lists.

(And if Google would like to experiment with an interesting calendar of historical events, I have one to offer.... ;-)

6:59 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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like it - but it seems really light on content for the time being.

anyone else notice that it's not labelled as "beta" (unlike 80% of google's other content)

I have this feeling I'll be reading about the first manned landing on mars on "beta" google news...

9:43 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I like it but it seems to be half hearted in it's implementation. I cannot see a natural way of getting back to www.google.com/ig after searching.

So what does ig stand for?

InGenious?

11:23 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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different things for different folks, you know

OMG, now they are starting to listen to their marketing folks who are telling them how they can expand their reach by offering other products and services. I wonder how many marketing folks they had on board when they started Google.

Of course that's what the marketing folks think, that's called job security - for them! Personally, I call 'em as I see 'em. I used to run a marketing group and I was shocked at all the optimistic assumptions. I'm not going to kiss up to Google or GoogleGuy just for some brownie points.

They continue to move away from search. Obviously they are dedicating scarce resources to these projects. You want to be a portal, be a portal. I can get that from Yahoo or with my MSN account. Let's see, what could be down the road:

- Google Hosting
- Google Broadband
- Google Finance
- Google Shopping (they're bound to make a move with Froogle)
- Google Movies
- Yahoo Messenger... oops

11:40 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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About time! Nice one Google... Now, how do I add my own news feeds... mmmmmm....
12:00 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want to add my own links like I can here at WebmasterWorld.
12:31 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It looks pretty cheesey. I'll be sticking with Yahoo!
12:35 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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this is very interesting... it does seem to indicate that google has hit the wall on innovation...

they're the only big company that consistantly releases web applications that are uglier than mine.

Im afraid google is current at its peak.

1:40 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo is of a higher quality and provides more options. Someone mentioned "cheese" and I have to agree to a certain extent. The layout is not helped by the fact that the search box is so prominently centered.

If you are going to allow personalization, then allow personalization "as in different layouts". I have both Yahoo's "my yahoo" and "my google" opened and Google's has a ways to go.

My take:

- Allow different layouts. This is not the official Google page so let the user dictate how it looks.

- BBC and NYTimes are two good sources, but you need more.

- Allow for portfolio tracking in the stocks section.

- Google News allows you to perform searches, could you create a module that tracks a # of stories based on a search term. For example, you my want to track anything related to "my employer", so you put in your employer's name and the top 3,5, 10 stories will show. You might want to allow for more than one term also.

Good beginning.

2:02 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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they are just doing it to give their users more options... some will use it, some wont, but at least they provide the option.

And the key word there is "options"!

I prefer just the simple search and will keep my homepage as such, but for those who wish to have additional "stuff", it is certainly the cleanest out there. Good job Google ... just don't go taking away my simple little search page OK? :)

By the way GG ... have a great time on your vacation! ;)

2:38 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah hf. :) I personally like the interface and it's now set as my hp.
2:47 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)



well, this is their first attempt..give them some time. Personally I like Y! because I use their mail, and also, I can read ALL the stories on their site.
3:03 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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well, this is their first attempt..give them some time. Personally I like Y! because I use their mail, and also, I can read ALL the stories on their site.

Yeah, I tried the news thing with google and mainly got subscription offer pages. Yahoo! always gives me the news that I need without tricks.

3:10 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A New York Times Article I picked up from my new homepage:

Google Moves to Challenge Web Portals [nytimes.com]

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