Stop reading now if you work for Google or are an IT expert, as this post will annoy you. But if you are a normal person with average technical skills, struggling to keep up a growing list of favourite blogs, would love to have a go at Twitter but don't feel you have the time, can't seem to get through your emails or keep up with Facebook and don't like to admit it, but haven't got a clue what an RSS feed is. Then look no further, i Google could be the answer to all your problems. Ok, it may not bring world peace or stop the war in Afghanistan, but if like us, you spend a great deal of time on your computer, it will, help organise you life. It is a simple way to keep everything in one place and access all the information that you use on a daily basis.
The first thing to do is to get yourself a Google email, which most people already have, as it's almost impossible to be a google refusenik these days. Type in, i Google to Google search, sign in using your Google e mail address and password and you are up and running. You will see a basic home page, with your emails, maybe the weather and a couple of other random sites, which you may or may not want. You can now customize the page and add or remove whatever you think you might use on a daily basis. To remove boxes, simply click on the top right hand icon in the box (the one with the small arrow) and a drop down menu will appear, press delete this gadget and it will disappear. To add stuff, go to the right hand corner of the page and click, Add Stuff. You can either choose from the lists displayed or type the name of the gadget you want, into the search. I have the BBC homepage, the weather in my area, the phases of the moon, Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds to all my favourite blogs.
An RSS feed is when you sign up to receive receive an alert to the latest post or story on a website or blog. To add an RSS feed, go onto the blog or website and click on, subscribe to our RSS feed. This should then appear on you home page. Of course the first one to add would obviously be The Womens Room!
Once you have all your favourite gadgets and RSS feeds on your homepage, you can drag and drop them to create your perfect page. You can also customize the look of the page, by clicking on change theme, (next to the Add stuff icon) and choose from any number of looks. We particularly like the Kate Spade, Agatha Ruiz De La Prada and Akira Isogawa themes.
Now click on preferences in your internet file and set your homepage to i Google, so that every time you open the internet this will be your home page. You will now be able to browse all your favourite sites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, e mails and info you need on a daily basis, all in one go. Whats not to like?
Go on try it, it really could change you life!