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Google Homepage USA

Updated on August 20, 2010

I was chatting with one of my friends last week who was bragging about how cool his Google Homepage looks. He went on about it every time we spoke online. Frankly, it was starting to get annoying. Finally, he told me that I just had to catch up to him, if for no other reason than we could use the Google Talk to party chat, leave voice messages and exchange pictures. Apparently, he preferred that to what we were using.

Now, I’m not completely helpless when it comes to the computer, but I have never given any thought to customizing my Google Homepage. I knew that iGoogle existed – it’s all over the internet - but I didn’t really know what it was, nor did I care. I thought it would be too hard or at least too much trouble to bother with. Well, I finally tried it today and guess what – it was actually really easy!

My friend lives in Great Britain, so he had Google Homepage UK. Naturally, I’d be using the American version. I started out by going to the regular, classic Google page and used “personalize Google Homepage USA” (without quotes) as my search term. I was expecting that I’d have to do a lot of reading. Knowing me, I would likely give up the second it looked like it was going to be too involved or take forever. Luckily, the search brought up the exact page and link on the Big G’s blog for me to get started.

The first thing I noticed was that I had tons of options. I thought, “Okay, here we go, now it’s going to get complicated. I’m only going to try this once and if it doesn’t work – forget it.” I started with themes. There was a vast selection, including beaches, palm trees, space, dots, the earth – just tons of different ones and they were all nice. You can add ones you custom make yourself but hey, I hadn’t even figured out how to use the stock ones yet.

Once I settled on the theme that I wanted, I clicked “Add this one” and boom it was there, along with a pre-set layout. I was very surprised to see that my Google Homepage already had my hubs and blog entries listed, all without me telling it to. I don’t know how it did that, but I assume it tied in everything that was attached to the email address that I signed in with. There was also a clock, weather widget, news feed and a few more items on the page that I could choose to keep or delete. This was getting interesting.

After familiarizing myself with the layout, I found that I can change my theme if I want to, just by clicking a button on the upper right. Maybe someday, I’ll figure out how to make and add a custom one. Right now though, I’m excited at how good my personalized Google Homepage is looking. There are so many ways that I can pretty it up and have everything just the way I like it. If only other things in life were like that!

Although there was a lot of useful stuff on my Google Homepage, I didn’t want everything that was there, so I deleted some of it.  Using my mouse, I clicked and dragged the widgets around until I had them just how I wanted them.  Then, I used the “Add stuff” button that I found beside “Change theme” to see what else I could have.  There were tons of enticing things like Google Docs, Gmail, games, a to-do list and Google Map Search.  It didn’t matter what I was looking for, I found it there.  I chose one of the games and Google Talk for starters.  It was kind of sad to see that there was no more room on the page for the other cool stuff that was available.  I really wanted to have a photo widget and Music Mash, too.

So, as I sat admiring my handiwork, I happened to notice something on the upper left of my screen.  I don’t know why I hadn’t seen it before, I guess I was having too much fun.  Anyway, it was an “Add tab” button, which gave me another page.  Great!  I didn’t hesitate to click, name the tab (called it Fun Stuff) and add the photo and music widgets that I wanted.  I was actually beginning to love my personalized Google Homepage.

As much as I’m enjoying what I’ve created so far, I’m sure that I’ll continue to change and update it because it’s so easy to do so.  That’s just another great feature of iGoogle, I’ve learned. 

Today, I’m going to brag to my friend who has the Google Homepage UK and try to convince another friend, Teresa, that she needs to pimp her Google Homepage Malaysia.  Once she catches up, the three of us can party - all from our Google Homepage. 

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      hi im from england

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      jguthrie1979 7 years ago from Bonita Springs, Florida

      nice hub but i got distracted by the 2nd picture! LOL!

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      Milla Mahno 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Isabelle, nice to see you here. Mysterious things happen, guess you were destined to see my hub :)

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      Isabelle22 7 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      Wow it is so uncanny I was on google the other day looking at setting up a page so this is great.

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      Mukesh Mykee 7 years ago

      Hi to everyone.....!

      iGoogle is the best! It's my default start page.

      Thank You....

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      Milla Mahno 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi gals, thanks for stopping by! :)

      Rebekah, you just build some backlinks to them, ask Misha, he knows ;)

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      hmm, I have google home page, but how do you get your hubs on it?

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      samironwebtrack 8 years ago

      interesting and unique post, very good keep it up

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      Milla Mahno 8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Mary and Rohit, get a room, would you? :D

      Laszlo, what are you smoking? I want some. ;)

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      Laszlo H 8 years ago

      After reading your policy and terms of use I realize that this is another rip off. What kind of crap is all that? You are not responsible for anything like acuracy trueth or lie completness or incompletnes. Where the customer has no say or rights about anything where you can change anything at any time etc. , etc., etc. All this is not only elegal but down right criminally neglegent. I sugest you reembers every one and stop all this elegal a ctivity before the law catches up to you. what a low life!!

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      Just send me one, naked but tasteful :P

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      Milla, would you please add a pic of mine in your nice hubpages? hahaha, so nice hubs and sharing from you. google is so handy.

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      RORISA 8 years ago

      OOPS GOOGLE THE THING IN THE WORLD..............

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      Milla Mahno 8 years ago from Florida

      Hey, Nicomp, is it your way of flirting? ;)

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      iGoogle is the best! It's my default start page. =)

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      Did your commute go well today?

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I really didn't need to see that. Can we get a content advisory rating for hubs?

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      What the f*#k? I had my kids present when I sat at the computer! (Oh well, Back to Yahoo as my Primary)

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      Milla Mahno 8 years ago from Florida

      Lisa and Ramona, I am afraid you came to the wrong place. This is not a dating agency, and this is not a USA Credit. Sorry girls :)

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      Ramona Nease 8 years ago

      My name is Ramona Nease,and I like to discontinue my account with you at usa credit. Put back the $149.00 you took from out of our bank.NOW1

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      lisa.perfectshine@yahoo.com 8 years ago

      I WOULD LOVE TO DO THIS, AND READ AND HELP OTHERS IF I CAN..... IM A 48 YEAR OLD WOMAN THAT HAS A SMALL COMPANY . ANY IDEAS MAY BE HELPFULL TO HEAR ABOUT. THANKYOU....LISA

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      Milla Mahno 8 years ago from Florida

      Word- I am glad to have helped. I too am a creature of habit but as soon as I can spice something up I do! Have fun playing with it, let me know how it turns out!

      Gary- Glad I could help! It really does have so many capabilities I was compelled to write about them

      Gin- You're welcome!

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      Gin Delloway 8 years ago

      Thank you for this useful information!

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      pvrust 8 years ago from Carlsbad, Ca

      Good information and I was just going to switch the other day. Now I have a good intro going into the set up phase. Thanks for the insight!

      Gary Rust

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      getanswers 8 years ago

      so you use igoogle... right???

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      yt55500900 8 years ago

      Great Hub

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      WordWielder 8 years ago from Austin

      Great stuff Milla! Thanks for the informative read. I had no idea and have been using that same old white interface even though the "personalize" link was there all along.... I'm a creature of habit I guess. You know what I'll be doing with Google now. Thanks again. Feel free to join my "club" and read material if you get a chance. Nic picture of you by the way.

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      Milla Mahno 8 years ago from Florida

      Shirley- I always forget how self conscious American's are! We all know it is just so warm to sit with the lap top on your lap ;) Definitely check it out!

      Sufi- Life was made to be enjoyed, check it out, they have added so many new things it is a blast!

      Pgrundy- Why do the tutorials? That takes the surprise out of it all! Just point and click and see what happens!

      Unclesam- Wow a world without Google. Imagine! And at one time we didn't have cars or phones or gasp computers!

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      pgrundy 8 years ago

      I love messing around with Google. Great hub! There is so much to do there, even off of your own homepage--I need to spend about a week just taking all their tutorials and stuff. I never get around to it somehow. :o)

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      Sufidreamer 8 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Great Hub, Milla.

      I might have to look into that.

      Long time no see - I hope that my favourite lady is enjoying life!

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Milla, your friends get very comfortable when using their Google Homepage, don't they??

      Great hub, Milla. I wasn't going to bother with iGoogle, but maybe I'll check it out. The way you describe it, it sounds like fun. If I get stuck, I may be back to ask you questions!

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      Milla Mahno 8 years ago from Florida

      Can't help it Misha :P

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      Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

      LOL Milla, why do you have to put the pics of me on your every other hub? ;)