Posts Tagged ‘iGoogle’

iGoogle Social Gadgets

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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I think I might have an answer to my previous post. Google is introducing Social Gadgets to iGoogle. I am thinking that as Google tries to popularize its social networking venture Friend Connect it wants to make use of iGoogle as a portal. Google announces its new social gadgets here. See the image below for a quick look.

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A lot of the gadgets remind me of gadgets for Google Wave, so I am not sure why the sudden push on iGoogle. We know that at least for now, Android apps won’t work on Wave. Some existing iGoogle gadgets do work on Wave. Perhaps Google is going to make gadgets behave a little more universally. Time will tell.

The purpose of the iGoogle gadgets, according to Google, is to enjoy your content and share it with your friends. Going through the “tour” I am getting closer to the conclusion that this has a lot to do with Google’s social networking push. iGoogle as a portal sounds like a good idea. I am interested in seeing where this goes.

Check some of these gadgets out and let me know what you think.

iGoogle Redirect?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

A couple of times today I have typed google.com into my address bar and instead of going to the Google search page I was taken to my iGoogle account. The first time it happened I didn’t think much of it. I have several Google accounts running simultaneously at work, and I figured I must have typed igoogle or something.

It happened again tonight on my laptop. I am wondering if this is something Google is testing or if there is just some glitch in my Chrome browser. As I am pondering this I remember that I have Chrome set on the developer channel. It is possible that this is something that is coming later and is being tested now.

When I looked around in iGoogle tonight I found a link to change back to the traditional Google search page. I clicked it, and now I can’t replicate the anomaly. I didn’t see any chatter on Twitter or on the blogs I read. I am going to keep my eye on this. I will post updates here as I learn more.

Update:No sooner had I posted this than I got the iGoogle page again from typing google.com.