If you’re asked, “Have you googled today?”, what would that mean? Since June 15, 2006, the day ‘Google’ was officially added to Oxford English Dictionary and later to Merriam-Webster as a transitive verb, it would mean whether you’ve obtained information on the Web.
Though ‘Google’ was a finalist in American Dialect Society’s 2002 Words Of The Year ‘contest’ that was won by the abbreviation ‘WMD’ standing for ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’, it was not before 25th of October last year that Google ultimately felt compelled to send a plea to the public requesting that “you should please only use ‘Google’ when you’re actually referring to Google Inc. and our services.”
And now Google offers you iGoogle, which Google says is basically your home on the web. What does it do for you?
iGoogle offers you an amazing array of content types to choose from that will adorn your web-home. For example, you may select news, weather, clock, map, dictionary, YouTube gadget, fun games, and even a tool that tells you the local gas prices (the last one presumably in US only).
You can have your online photo album, to-do lists, Gmail, calendar, music, and what not in iGoogle. There must be more in the offing regularly, and if you’re an early iGoogle starter you may soon find you cannot live without it.
I however find Google Gadgets more endearing, which may be because I’ve my website to flaunt those trendy gadgets. There are more than 17,000 gadgets Google presently offers for use on your website. I’ve selected 3 of them from the first list (below).