When iGoogle retired, I really wasn’t sure what to do. I had had iGoogle as my browser homepage for years, I loved opening it up to see the latest RSS blog feeds. Since I’ve known it was retiring for quite some time, I decided to be prepared. I moved all my RSS feeds to Bloglovin, which at first I was happy with. But then it got to the point I was getting 2 emails a day with blog post summaries. Who has time for that? And I started to detest scrolling through each email because it was so hard to see what I might really want to, all at one time.
I searched for a replacement to iGoogle and came upon this comparison article at Gizmo’s Freeware. Check it out if you still haven’t found a solution you like. It pointed towards a few that are similar to the capabilities of iGoogle, and a few that were different. I decided to try something new.
I’ve been using Symbaloo for a month or so now and I love the layout. This is how it looks before you add any content. Its completely customizable, you can change the background color from black to other solids or various photos. You can increase the size to add more links or RSS feeds. If you’re adding links (I’ll show a photo of that layout), you can change the block color and image, and choose whether or not it shows the blog name.
How it looks before you place any links or RSS in it.
The Webmix Collection: searchable by subject
I haven’t really used the Webmix Collection yet, but I clicked on it once and it searched within the subject. So if you were looking for something new to read about, that could be fun!
The default home page with links to “frequently used” sites.
The news page, mouse over to see the headlines, click to read the stories.
My blogs page, a list of the ones I follow to just open up their website.
My blog links page, its just a square per link, you click and it opens into a new window. For awhile I had them color coded, then I decided to switch more to all RSS feeds so I could actually see whats going on every day on the blogs. However, there are a few websites that will NOT incorporate themselves into the RSS feed style. Not sure why. So those I have to keep like this, it really just means I don’t visit quite as frequently. I’m not done moving the blogs over to RSS yet.
RSS feeds tab
This is what the RSS feeds look like. Each feed takes up 9 blocks, plus you can increase how many blogs you see per tab. The max viewable all at once is 10, after that you need to start scrolling. Sometimes feeds are not available, usually that only lasts for a short time. I do not know why or at which end the problem is. But it never lasts very long, so it doesn’t bother me.
How to add an RSS feed or website link
The adding an address form looks the same whether it is an RSS feed or just a website. See how customizable it is for the website options? If its RSS feeds, nothing but the website address matters.
Overall, I am very happy with the service and wanted to share my experience with you all incase you never found a replacement or wanted to try something new!
Nope, I am not being compensated in ANY way for posting about Symbaloo. I actually really like the service and wanted to give my real opinions about it!