iGoogle Personalized Home Page
Ok, I’m about two months late in discovering this, but if you’re a gmail user and didn’t know that Google now offers a personalized home page, read on. Otherwise there’s nothing to see here.
To access your personalized page, go to www.google.com/ig, which apparently is some kind of precursor to a future iGoogle. I assume you have to be signed into your gmail account to access this, but in the left column there is a list of categories; just click “add” and the module will appear on your personal page to the right. You can edit each module in limited ways, and you can arrange them by simply dragging and dropping them.
Custom news feeds can be made by clicking on News then Google News, and adding Customized News (enter any search string and you’ll receive Google News updates for that term). Also, you can subscribe to any RSS feed by clicking Create a Section in the left column menu. Since most news sources and pretty much every blog has an RSS feed, the ability to customize is impressive. It’s not as comprehensive as a My Yahoo page at this point, but it’s certainly easier to set up and manipulate.
When you’re finished, just close the left sidebar and enjoy.
Update: Perhaps I sang Google’s praises too soon — after spending about an hour setting up and arranging various RSS feeds, I just went back to my home page and it’s been reset. So perhaps this is an unstable Beta version of what seemed like a great site.