Years ago, when the web market was starting to make its first steps, what the users decided to set as their browser homepage was considered of huge importance and companies struggled to design better and better portals to satisfy their needs. As time went by, trying to convince users not to switch to another browser homepage became more important than adding more and more features to that homepage. Nowadays however, most web companies seem to have accepted the dominance of Google and a few other important names in the field, thus turning the front line into a less aggressive one.
LinkedFeed was one of the first attempts to create an unusual/extraordinary homepage. In fact, it aimed even higher than that. Its aim was to be an automated and customizable information social network which learned about the user’s interests. The more you used it, the more accurate news it brought to the table. Unfortunately, the development was not continued and now this website serves as a guide that might help you decide which of the customized start pages are better suited for your needs:
If you’re already using Google as your search engine, and if you’re particularly dedicated to it, iGoogle is probably the best choice for a customized homepage. Click on the image to the left to read more about iGoogle.
If you’re a constant user of Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Music and other Yahoo features, MyYahoo! is probably the best choice for you. Click on the image to the left to find out more about this customized homepage.
Netvibes stands out as one of the more interactive and flexible customizable homepages. Netvibes has shown great success, especially among companies. Click on the image to the left to find out about more this customized homepage.
Protopage seems to be on its paved path to success. Protopage prides itself in having very low costs and being the only major customized homepage that has not taken external capital. Protopage has a very neat Web 2.0-oriented design and the ability to view multiple RSS feeds in a single module.
There are a lot of comments on Twitter from people wondering if Pageflakes is actually dead and buried or if they could at least get their content back. Sadly, nobody answers. Click on the image to the left to find out more about this customized homepage.
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