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October 17, 2008

iGoogle blows goats, I have proof

Filed under: Annoyances — Tom @ 9:26 am

I’ve been using iGoogle for a few months now and, until now, really liked it a lot. iGoogle, if you don’t know, is basically Google’s answer to Yahoo’s front page – it groups a whole bunch of stuff together for you – news, traffic, weather, mail, whatever you want, basically, as you can choose exactly what appears on the page. And then yesterday happened, when Google decided to mess with a good thing and, without warning, implement a bunch of unneeded, unwanted, and highly annoying changes. Before, it was a nice wide layout, where each pane of Google’s “gadgets” had plenty of room to be fully visible, but after yesterday, when they added a column on the left solely dedicated to some superfluous tabs, that layout got completely screwed up. And the tabs do nothing, by the way – they simply link to content that was already easily accessible. What Google tried to do is build everything into one big pane that the tabs would expand into, but it is completely unnecessary. The interface was perfect because it was what WE made it. Now I’ve lost control of it.

Worse, however, is what happened to Gmail within iGoogle. Before, clicking on the Gmail widget would take you directly into Gmail. Perfect – this never crossed my mind as a problem. It did to someone at Google, however, as now it opens a hobbled version of Gmail which doesn’t have any of the controls that the full Gmail has – no contacts, no folders, but most annoying, no formatting tools! Can you imagine that? You can’t even italicize a damned word in the iGoogled Gmail (“iGmail” from here on out)! For that you have to open the full Gmail, away from iGoogle, to get all the tools you’re used to having access to. What kind of damned sense does this make? But wait, there’s more – and this is just incredible: there are no links in iGmail. You read it right: if there’s a link, it’s just text. We’re back to ancient Outlook Express here. Copy and paste that puppy because iGmail ain’t going to open it. I am actually shaking my fists here in frustration just thinking about it. I will say it again: What kind of damned sense does this make?!

Of course, over on the Google Blog, it looks all rosy and fun, but try using the damned thing. It’s truly awful. At least there’s a link to send an email for feedback. You can bet I’ve already said my piece – twice.

Update: I’m trying out Netvibes in lieu of the awful new iGoogle. So far, so good. I don’t know if I like the Gmail integration so much, but it seems a lot more flexible in general than iGoogle.



  1. I agree that I’m really disappointed with the new iGoogle, and I’m also disappointed with the way it was launched. I went to my page, and it changed. I couldn’t find any link saying something like, “Guess what we’ve improved things. Learn more.” And since not all of the gadgets have been optimized for the new iGoogle, some have become less useful. I don’t mind changing iGoogle. I mind the way it was done.

    Comment by PhillyCooke — October 17, 2008 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  2. Well, at least the goats are happy.

    Comment by Mike Edwards — October 17, 2008 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  3. Agreed. They really dropped the ball. Checking my blog feeds makes me angry now. Maybe since google is so used to dealing with the minimal design they don’t know what to do when there is more than a list of search returns on the page.

    Comment by CycleJerk — October 17, 2008 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  4. These stoopid idiots screwed up my igoogle home page today. WTF is that little “home” tab doing there on the left? I don’t want that asshat column. Dumbasses.

    Comment by Google Fck — October 17, 2008 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  5. My head exploded … i used to be able to view feeds at a glance .. now its a huge mess … the tabs on the left!! give my an option for crying out loud.

    Comment by very upset — October 17, 2008 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  6. Booby is spamming his 43goats here too. lol

    Comment by Stever — October 18, 2008 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  7. Thanks, Stever. I deleted the comment.

    Comment by Tom — October 18, 2008 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  8. Sorry dude, but your “opinion” doesn’t constitute “proof”. I agree w/ your opinion, but it ain’t proof. Goat jiz oozing from the header into the new tab column may constitute proof, but opinion? Nah…

    Comment by Dan — October 19, 2008 @ 3:48 am | Reply

  9. Someone a) didn’t see Wayne’s World and b) seriously needs to grow a sense of humor. As Sgt. Hulka says in Stripes, “Lighten up, Francis.”

    Comment by Tom — October 19, 2008 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  10. Google are some arrogant assholes that spoils that startup page that I have spent months to refine

    Comment by Thomas Riedel — November 30, 2009 @ 11:11 am | Reply

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