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iGoogle Works At Home

Have you ever used iGoogle for any of your online tasks? Well for those of you that haven’t you’re in for a pleasant surprise. There is a multitude of social and multi task applications on the web, in fact it can be a bit overwhelming at times. If you’re working from home then you need all the help that you can get, so it comes as no surprise to find big players like Google, Yahoo and MSN tapping in to this ever expanding market. For this example I will talk about iGoogle and explain how I make use of its multiple options.

The great thing about iGoogle is its simplicity and choice; it allows you to build your own online presence by adding tabs or pages. You can have a variety of information in each of these tabs which pretty much means everything on the web can be displayed including video, audio, pictures and much more. You also have the ability to integrate your various Google accounts from one location.

My Home Tab has all my Google essentials like Bookmarks, email, local weather and useful tools like currency converter and translator. Another good addition is the various search boxes that you can add like Podcast or TV & Radio in fact just about any search you care to configure.

One of the features that I like most is the ability to integrate social networks, at the moment I have just to many networks to manage, so now I can have my most popular social networks all on one page which are completely interactive. So now I can keep up with Twitter, FaceBook, FriendFeed, Digg, StumbleUpon and Delicious all in one location.

2nd Favourite tab for me is aptly named Blogland this is where I put all my favourite Blogs which are fed through my Google reader account. So I can scroll through the blogs and if I spot any good posts that I want to share I can then do so through Google reader which in turn feeds through to my FriendFeed account.

3rd Tab Trends

This is where I like to keep up with what’s hot with up and coming trends through various providers including Google Hot Trends.

Other providers I use:

TrendWatch

TrendHunter

4th Tab Webmaster Tools, this is where I can get a snapshot of my blogs statistics. The first thing you need to do is set up a tracking code from Google Analytics. You can then include a selection of monitoring tools including crawl errors, internal links, and Content analysis, Top Search queries, external links and what Googlebot sees. You could setup several pages like this to track more blogs or sites.

Other favourite tabs include Forums, Marketing, YouTube, Art, Shopping, Training, Languages. In all I have 16 tabs at the moment which just about fills out the width of my screen. You can of course choose from many different layouts and they have some pretty cool themes. Tracking down your content through Google’s vast network of resources is a cinch.

For the power user I would suggest creating separate Google email accounts, this way you could build up a complete research site for your chosen projects. There’s no end to what you can do with iGoogle, for me it’s a great way to bring my services together and saves me a lot of time.

I am thinking of gathering resources from around the web to include a special Do-Follow iGoogle Page, what do you reckon? or perhaps you disagree with do-follow blogs.

Do you use iGoogle for business or fun or both?

Bill Masson @ Web-Work At Home

Twitter * FaceBook * MyBlogLog * Technorati * FriendFeed

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