The following is a written by Chris Apple. His profile links don’t work anymore.
I don’t know about you, but as a real estate blogger, I tend to read a lot of blogs during my workday. Some of the blogs I read on any given day range in topics from SEO blogs, real estate blogs, social media blogs, and blogs about blogging. Say that three times fast!
You may be asking yourself, “How does he stay current with all of those blogs?” Enter iGoogle…
What is iGoogle?
iGoogle is an Ajax-based personal web portal. Basically, it allows users who are signed into their Google account to customize their homepage with lots of cool stuff. You can add RSS feeds, YouTube subscriptions, personalize it with custom themes, and even view your Gmail inbox, all in one place.
Offering a wide range of useful gadgets, including calendars and calculators, and even a joke-of-the-day gadget, iGoogle’s custom features can easily be added to your homepage with the click of a button.
As you can see, I use iGoogle for all of my RSS feeds. It is a great way to get a quick snapshot of all of the blogs that I subscribe to. When a blog that I subscribe to publishes a new post, it shows up right there on my iGoogle homepage.
How to sign up for iGoogle
First, you’ll need a Google account.
Don’t have one yet? Sign up here. After you register and log into your account, you will be able to access all of the features that iGoogle has to offer.
How to make iGoogle your homepage
This is really easy. Click this link and follow the directions.
Once you have a Google account and made iGoogle your homepage, the fun begins!
How to add RSS feeds to iGoogle
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Almost all blogs have some form of RSS feed that syndicates their content out on the web.
The next time you are online and find a blog that you want to subscribe to, like mine (shameless plug is at the bottom of my article), click on the RSS icon and you will be asked to add it to your Google homepage or to Google reader. Choose ‘Google homepage’ and the feed will be added to your iGoogle homepage.
How to change iGoogle themes and add gadgets
Another cool feature of iGoogle is the ability to customize your homepage with themes. They even have artist themes, designed by Look, for the Change theme and Add stuff links in the upper right-hand corner of your iGoogle homepage.
iGoogle helps me organize and save time
Staying up-to-date with all of the blogs I read can be a difficult task and a serious waste of time with bookmarks alone. In my search for an easy way to organize and manage all of that information, I found that iGoogle is a serious time-saver and a great place to store feeds.
If you are looking for more in-depth information about iGoogle, I suggest watching this video.
Do you use iGoogle?
What is your favorite theme or gadget? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.