This Aggregator Site Is Stylish And Simple

When you need to keep track of multiple web sites (news, email, social media and more), the easiest way to do so is via an aggregator site that presents all of your information on just one screen.

One such system that's recently taken my fancy is Backstitch (http://www.backstit.ch).  Once you've signed up (it's free), and selected the services that you want to include, you'll need to authorise each of them.  However, the whole process only takes a couple of minutes and just needs to be done once.  After that, you can browse all your key sites from a single location.

 

 

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by DigitalMD (not verified) on 2. December 2012 - 17:05  (103215)

Nah,Symbaloo just doesn't cut it. Unless you love hundreds of little tiles, and Rss feeds or individual webs sites and 5 clicks to get to anything relevant, you'll hate Symbaloo vs. igoggle.

I love igoogle because on 3 pages , can aggregate almost everything I like to see on a daily basis. I have weather, sports and news widgets that do more than a simple list or point to a website. I don't have to leave the page to read summaries and I don't wind up with a hundred extra tabs.

Symbaloo is no Igoogle replacement.

by DigitalMD (not verified) on 2. December 2012 - 17:34  (103217)

Backstich is a little better, better layout, but still very content limited and tilted toward only RSS feeds. Can't even get local weather . No widgets. All of these independent aggregation sites are going to suffer from the same problem, not enough users to justify widget and app development and eventually they all turn to advertising for monetary support. Sad that Goggle is dropping the ball on this one. Not a money maker for them is the problem.

by RJS (not verified) on 2. December 2012 - 17:34  (103216)

You are 100% correct. I had the same experience. Pls see my other post on this further below

by Juxxize on 2. December 2012 - 12:22  (103206)

i really like the look of this, thanks rob.

by CASD57 (not verified) on 1. December 2012 - 15:19  (103170)

And the reason you would use one of these is to cut down on memory usage ? by cutting down on your number of tabs open ?
I have like 15 tabs I want to open each time. And with all browsers this equals lots of ram usage..

by rsasada on 1. December 2012 - 4:23  (103146)

I have been trying this one:

http://www.ighome.com/

and it looks and feels like iGoogle...I like it..

by RJS (not verified) on 2. December 2012 - 16:56  (103213)

Thanks rsasada. This looks good for many reasons:

1. Displays my GMail Inbox - both read and unread
2. Facebook feed
3. A choice of news sites
4. As you mention, almost an iGoogle look alike

Most importantly, I don't think it downloads any crap ware or search bar or menu bar etc.

Thanks again

by RJS (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 23:22  (103139)

Tried Symbaloo. Gave it more than 15 minutes and it was nothing but a mess of too many tiles. Way toooo complicated.

Either it should be as simple as iGoogle or on the iPad, Pulse - or it isn't worth the time.

Maybe I am just not that smart with this - despite having a degree in electrical engineering! :-)

by ChaosReigns on 1. December 2012 - 15:13  (103149)

Considering I also have an electrical engineering degree and work where we design a majority of the world's computer processors(D1D), I'm not sure what that has to do with figuring out the simplicity of tiles in Symbaloo. However, for those that find the concept of tiles (images) too difficult, there is a simple user's guide PDF offered for free. Of course, the PDF also has images so beware.

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Moderators comment: Direct file links are not permitted. Please read the rules before posting. In such cases, only a link to the page where the file may be obtained is allowed.

Sorry "Mod"....In this such case, the user's guide link may be found at this page.....
http://www.symbalooedu.com/

by Dedoke (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 22:01  (103135)

My Yahoo can be set up similarly to igoogle

by Quetzalcoatl (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 19:16  (103131)

I solved that situation practically since those sites started when I read then (a long, long time ago) an article in PC magazine by John C. Dvorak in which he told us to build a simple but useful "Universal Home Page" and as example he developed his own which is still in use today : http://www.dvorak.org/home.htm

So I copied it to my hard drive and have been modifying it according to my needs and without subscribing to any "service", much less watching ads.
BTW : This is also a fun way to learn html.

by ChaosReigns on 30. November 2012 - 15:21  (103114)

......or give Symbaloo a try.......

http://www.symbaloo.com

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by ChaosReigns on 1. December 2012 - 5:07  (103150)

There is also a great place to easily convince yourself of Symbaloo's superiority to iGoogle.....

http://blog.symbaloo.com/igoogle-alternative/

by rhiannon on 30. November 2012 - 22:12  (103136)

I like popurls®.

by ChaosReigns on 1. December 2012 - 5:13  (103152)

I can definitely see the interest of your PopURLs. I know several people I'm actually going to recommend this to, so thank you. But I'm personally going to stick with Symbaloo.

by CSSPI on 30. November 2012 - 17:02  (103128)

This looks promising. Will give it a work out this weekend. Thanks.

by subtext on 30. November 2012 - 15:57  (103120)

I have to agree with ChaosReigns. Not only does Backstitch not meet the iGoogle feel, but the video I watched, with a female over-voice, was rather mumbled and really lifeless. You might care to pass that along to someone there.

I've used others and settled happily with "Symbaloo" (http://www.symbaloo.com/). It's grid format allows me link tiles to websites, or anything "link-able". The same tools/fun content I aggregated into iGoogle, I have handy on Symbaloo. There are numerous desktops/grids for different profiles or interests. Very handy. Would check this out for the iGoogle crowd lost for replacement.

by CSSPI (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 10:20  (103105)

Poor selection of available content and no direct link access into the sites chosen. I'll keep searching for an alternative.

by Jordan (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 15:36  (103116)

We are currently working on expanding the featured services available in our catalog. However if there is a specific news or blog that you would like you can easily search and add it to your dashboard by going to the 'News' section of the catalog.

If you have any suggestions for specific services that you would like to see added please feel free to shoot me an email at: jordan [at] backstit [dot] ch

Thanks for checking us out!

Jordan Warzecha
Co-Founder of backstitch
http://backstit.ch

by MidnightCowboy on 30. November 2012 - 15:39  (103117)

We appreciate the interaction but it would give greater credibility to your posts if you could register with us. MC - Site Manager.

by Jordan Warzecha on 30. November 2012 - 15:45  (103119)

Thank you for the suggestion, I have created an account!

by MidnightCowboy on 30. November 2012 - 16:09  (103123)

Thank you for joining us. :)

by MJD (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 9:31  (103104)

Brilliant!

Thanks for flagging this after I put in the request to find a replacement. Will continue to use iGoogle for a bit but with less than a year of life left to it its time to find a replacement. Pity as I don't see why they'd get rid of it.

by james l (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 8:20  (103102)

I use google reader? They aren't getting rid of google reader are they?

by davidroper (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 1:10  (103090)

So why doesn't Firefox make this part of the browser?

by Mark Llewellyn (not verified) on 30. November 2012 - 5:47  (103097)

If you don't mind doing some Greasemonkey scripting...

http://www.mozdev.org/pipermail/greasemonkey/2005-March/000701.html
http://peterlaird.blogspot.com/2007/07/more-mashups-using-greasemonkey-to.html

I'm sure there are other aggregator and mashup scripts, tools and such available for Chrome and FF.

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