iGoogle

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iGoogle was a Google service implemented in 2005 to personalize a homepage. iGoogle is a self-designed page; users can choose and organize the content. The page supports the use of specially developed gadgets to display content. 40,000 custom gadgets are freely available and anybody can create a gadget using the Google API. At the moment, 15 percent to 20 percent of all Google users are on the new platform. 20% equals 355,704,403 of 1,778,522,016 users per month.

iGoogle is platform-aware. On a mobile phone, like on an iPhone or Android phone, when users log in to iGoogle, they will get a view of their page suited to the constraints of the device.[1]

Millions of web surfers rely on Google's minimalist webpage as their homepage. By offering iGoogle, millions of users now have a Google homepage with content. They offer many gadgets which as popular, such as weather, to-do lists, calendar, encyclopedia search, videos, photos, quote of the day, stock tickers and more. In addition, various themes are available that customize a user's experience.

References

  1. iGoogle attacked by giant widgets CNet, October 16, 2008