Monday, March 27, 2006

Google: my new homepage?

I'm a big fan of customized homepages; have been ever since Netscape's first, back in 1995. Recently, with the explosion of Web 2.0 Ajax-laden sites, I've been considering dumping my tried and true My Yahoo. I've switched to NetVibes at work, and tried Goowy at home, but a recent contender caught my eye: Google.

Google's new personalized homepage allows you to add content, like RSS feeds, sure, but the real kicker for me is the integration of the modules. Google weather, displayed as on overview to the Google Map. A full interactive crossword puzzle, with a new one every day. Gmail? Check. How about the map of recent fire and police alerts? Got you covered. Your favorite comic strips? Done. What's coming on your Netflix list? Wrapped.

I'm still nto a fan of the Google minimalist interface, but the appeal of these is undeniable, without the performace hits of Goowy and My Yahoo. Plus, they all are available on your cell and mobile device. I'll keep you posted...

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