Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Customise your Google home page

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

You've already set Google as your home page (just call me Mystic Meg), so why not personalise it to suit your preferences? Once you've registered a Google Account (you will already have one if you've used one of Google's better known services such as Gmail) you can get started by visiting www.google.com/ig.

'ig' ushers in a radical, new epoch for the eponymous info-foraging giant - like the 'i' in iMac, the 'i' in 'ig' stands for 'internet' seeing as Google is, for the first time, now available online. ;)

Whatever an 'ig' may be, the technology allows you to tart up your vanilla Google start page to include news headlines, the subject lines of your most recent Gmail emails, local weather reports, quote of the day, word of the day, bookmarks, and best of all, your own custom RSS feeds!

RSS - or really simple syndication - provides the means to grab the latest updates from your favourite web sites and inject them into a single interface so that you no longer have to visit each one to find out what's new. This is ideal for low traffic sites because the news is dumped in your lap as it breaks, even if you've long since forgotten about the originating site you subscribed to. Every time you visit Google to perform a web search, a new nugget of information could be there waiting for you to digest.

It seems that Google (peace be upon her) can't put a foot wrong at the moment.

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