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While it seems like nothing will ever replace one of the few Google legacy products that people still use to this day, there are several iGoogle alternatives to help users cope with the loss:
igHome, which mirrors iGoogle’s layout, was meant “to create a site that looked and worked like iGoogle as much as possible to make the transition easy for users,” said igHome developer Mike Sutton. Like iGoogle, users can also add gadgets and quick-access links to Google services such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive and more.
Netvibes, a more advanced version of iGoogle, has nearly 100,000 apps and thousands of themes to personalize your iGoogle-like homepage. It also includes social media integration and all types of widgets, such as RSS feeds, bookmarklets and more. Personal accounts are free, but enterprise accounts are also available for $499 a month.
My Yahoo, Yahoo’s customizable home page, lets users “Get your headlines, email, quotes and more — all in one page.” Much like iGoogle, My Yahoo offers personalized widgets, from weather apps to recommended newsfeeds, RSS feeds from your favorite websites, sports scoreboards and more. Although Google products are not accessible through My Yahoo, the service does allow users to import iGoogle data and settings.
my msn, Microsoft’s take on iGoogle, also does not integrate with Google products, but will do the job if all you need is a content-based home page. After signing in with a Microsoft account, users can add RSS feeds and up to four recommended content categories, such as health, technology, entertainment, news, sports, money, lifestyle and videos.
Postini is one of the most popular spam-filtering and email-archiving tools. It was founded in 1999 and acquired by Google in 2007. By the end of 2013, however, Postini’s 26 million users will have to say goodbye to the program forever and make one of two choices: transition to Google Apps — Google’s paid, cloud-based productivity suite, which will take over Postini — or migrate to a different provider.
“Depending on your budget and the size of your business, it may benefit from or need additional services, such as email continuity and encryption, neither of which are included in either of Google Apps’ new services,” May said. “The key is to ask yourself if you are using the right technology for your business’ needs.”
As an alternative to Google Apps, May recommended AppRiver and McAfee. “We’ve seen these products stand out and perform well,” she said.
As alternatives to Google Reader, the company suggested several apps, such as Feedly, Digg Reader, InoReader, NewsBlur, Flipboard and the Pulse mobile app. Feedly quickly became the top choice amongst former Google Reader users, primarily due to its simple interface, which most resembles the Google Reader of yore.
In addition to RSS aggregation, Feedly also offers modern upgrades lacking in Google Reader.
“[Feedly] is actually faster, cleaner and better designed than Google Reader, along with [offering] more integrations to popular sharing tools, like Buffer and Pinterest,” Kulp said.
Google Adwords Keyword Tool alternatives
Much to the dismay of most website owners, bloggers and search engine optimization (SEO) pros, Google recently pulled the plug on the Google Adwords Keyword Tool. The service, which enabled anyone to research keywords for free, has now been replaced by the Keyword Planner.
VivioSoft then tried to find the best Keywords Tool replacements. “We suggest that all smart business owners and marketers alike should add the following to their arsenal of resources and research tools: SEO Book, Ubersuggest, WordPot and Wordtracker.”
Google Alerts alternatives
Want to receive an email every time you and your company are mentioned on the Web? Need to keep tabs on your competitors online? Google Alerts used to effectively cater to these needs. All users had to do was enter a keyword or search query, and Google Alerts would send a notification whenever a new story citing those words was published. Google Alerts proved to be a great online monitoring tool for all types of users, particularly entrepreneurs and marketing professionals.
Granted, Google Alerts is still up and running. But with several reports that the service is losing its steam, with no signs of any fixes, many speculate that Google Alerts is next in line to be axed.
“Google hasn’t retired Google Alerts, but many have reported that it’s not as useful as it once was,” said Janet Thaeler, an Internet marketer and author of “I Need a Killer Press Release — Now What???: A Guide to Online PR” (Happy About, 2009). “So I started using either Mention or Talkwalker.”
Other Google Alerts alternatives include Social Mention, Meltwater News, Colabo, IQalerts, ContentGems and Yotify.
Once upon a time, Picnik was Flickr’s default photo editor. In 2010, Google acquired the editor; two years later, the search giant added Picnik to its growing list of Google Graveyard residents.
“The Picnik photo editing tool was bought by Google and then discontinued,” said Thaeler. “Thankfully, some former employees from the company started my favorite replacement — PicMonkey.”
Other popular Picnik alternatives include Ribbet, iPiccy, befunky, pixlr, and Sumopaint. Flickr also replaced Picnik with Aviary for its Web app and with GhostBird for iOS.