Google Personalized Home is awesome, but Start.com is even better in IE

I was reading James Kendrick’s list of Tablet PC applications and saw that he said Firefox who? and that got me asking myself why do I use Firefox anymore when IE has tabbed browsing as well. Well, then I decided to give IE a fair shake and launched it this morning. I then noticed on my home page (Google search) that there was an option for Personalized Home. I clicked this and saw that you can customize a page with RSS feeds, news feeds, weather, bookmarks, etc. and set that as your homepage. You can even drag and drop to rearrange the layout. I took a couple minutes and setup a new Google Personalized Home page and LOVE it.

Microsoft has something similar with their Start.com page, but I tried that before and it didn’t seem to work as slick or update my feeds fast enough. So for now I am going to try IE with my Google Personalized page and see how that goes when surfing from my Tablet PC.

UPDATE: OK, so after Marc posted a comment I went and tried Start.com again and have to say doing a side-by-side comparison I personally like Start.com MUCH better. You can click on your RSS feeds and then see more of the entry where Google take you directly to the full website if you click the headline. Start.com also supports importing OPML, which saved considerable time in setting up my page. They also allow slick drag and drop reformatting of your page and now Start.com is my new homepage in IE. Start.com doesn’t seem to work that well in Firefox and maybe that is why I was frustrated with it before when I tried it. So I guess I’ll go with Start.com in IE and Google Home in Firefox like Marc does.

  1. #1 by Marc Orchant on September 28, 2005 - 11:37

    You might want to give Start.com another look. The latest release is very slick and holds up much better when compared to the Google home page. I use the Google page as my home page in Firefox and the Start page as my home page in IE.

  2. #2 by palmsolo on September 28, 2005 - 11:40

    Thanks Marc, I will have to try it since it has been a couple months since I last used it and it didn’t seem to be working right then.

  3. #3 by Steve Truesdale on September 28, 2005 - 12:11

    I’ve played with Google home some, but I still like My Yahoo much better. They have RSS boxes, but also a MUCH better selection of other widgets (maps, email, notes, calendar, bookmarks, yellow pages, TV listings, sports scores, bank rates, etc, etc, etc)

  4. #4 by palmsolo on September 28, 2005 - 12:18

    Man, you guys are great! My Yahoo is also quite nice, but I noticed they haven’t refreshed my last two blog entries when I put my feed on the site. Start.com refreshed it fastest. I actually think I like the simpler look of Start.com, kind of what made me go to Google in the first place a couple years ago before it was well known.

    Needless to say, there are some great customizable pages out there now and I can’t believe I just now am really discovering them. Sheesh, and I call myself a Geek.

  5. #5 by Angel on September 29, 2005 - 20:05

    I used to love Start.com until I discovered Netvibes.com. There’s a couple of bugs, but it really is a great home page. I wrote a review on it a couple of weeks ago.

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