Thing 21 – Create an iGoogle homepage

Remember the list of Google products and services from last week? Imagine being able to access all of those products from the one website. This is what iGoogle allows you to do.

Google offers the ability to create a personalized iGoogle page that gives you at-a-glance access to key information from Google and across the web. On this self-designed page, you can choose and organize content such as:

  • Your Gmail email account
  • Headlines from Google News and other news sources
  • Weather forecasts, stock quotes, and movie showtimes
  • Bookmarks for quick access to your favorite sites from any computer
  • Your own section with content you find from across the web
  • Google Book Search

Resources

Before completing any of the tasks below, you’ll need to log in to your Google account using the email address and password you used in last week’s tasks or when you created your Blogger blog.

Your Task

Go to iGoogle (log in if you have to) and you’ll see your new iGoogle home page. Now you can customise it.

Try adding the following gadgets:

  • Google Map Search gadget
  • Google Book Search gadget
  • One of the Facebook gadgets
  • Google Docs and Spreadsheet gadget

You can also search for a gadget to add to your home page.

Create a post in your blog page about this exercise. Don’t know what to write about? Think about these questions: Do you like iGoogle? What improvements would you suggest to Google? Would you like to work at Google?


Credit: Adapted from the Swinburne University Thing posted by TRR (task originally written by Kat Clancy of Deakin University), under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

Original content by Jason Peart for the Chisholm Institute Library.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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One Response to “Thing 21 – Create an iGoogle homepage”

  1. BIGcol Says:

    iGoogle
    I really like iGoogle and very easy to use with lots of great gadgets.
    A really tool for pulling all your Web 2.0 pages together eg. Facebook.
    Colin

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