iGoogle Finished – what’s your favourite RSS Dashboard for social media monitoring?

I teach classes on social media monitoring – computer classes – and the students set up iGoogle to find and monitor Media, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, images, key influencers, keywords, CEO and brand mentions and so on. Now that iGoogle is retiringOpens in a new tab., I need another free service to teach social media monitoring – know of one? And yes, FREE, I’m pretty sure I’ve reached 10,000 companies in Australia in the last few years and convinced them NOT to buy Radian6 etc until they’ve started with a free service!  I was thinking Netvibes but wondered if you have another option? It can’t be a purely RSS play as we need gadgets/widgets for API only based services. Really grumpy ! about iGoogle shutting down – if Google can’t find it on the ‘net, nobody can – but I’m sure there are services nearly as good.

iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013.
The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.

How did you come to this decision? 
We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like ChromeOpens in a new tab. and AndroidOpens in a new tab., the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.

What will happen to the data stored in my gadgets?
All of your personal data stored in other Google products will continue to be available via those products, including GmailOpens in a new tab.Google CalendarOpens in a new tab.Google FinanceOpens in a new tab.Google DocsOpens in a new tab. (now Google Drive),Google BookmarksOpens in a new tab., and Google TasksOpens in a new tab.. Other gadgets, like the to-do listOpens in a new tab., allow you to export your data – look for the “Download all” option under the drop-down menu tied to the title of your list. Most iGoogle gadgets are created and maintained by third-party developers. If you’d like to export your data, you should contact the gadget creator directly.

I really like iGoogle — are there any other alternatives?
On your mobile device, Google PlayOpens in a new tab. offers applications ranging from gamesOpens in a new tab. to news readersOpens in a new tab. tohome screen widgetsOpens in a new tab..

If you’re a fan of Google ChromeOpens in a new tab., the Chrome Web StoreOpens in a new tab. provides a similar range of options likeproductivity toolsOpens in a new tab. and applications to check the weatherOpens in a new tab.. In addition, just like iGoogle, you canpersonalize ChromeOpens in a new tab. with a theme.

Let me know what you think. By the way, Google, the classrooms don’t always have Chrome, and it’s not a mobile course. Google Reader doesn’t have gadgets. Not every company or classroom is Google friendly y’know!

By the way: here’s my 7 Steps to Shutting Down a Social Media SiteOpens in a new tab.. Could Google have done better?

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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  13. Igoogle shutting down?!!! The worse part is that it is closing this July 31! I am definitely unhappy with this. I am an active igoogle user. It’s made to make life simpler. I have managed to arrange my files and other documents well using igoogle and it is pretty neat to look at. I actually preferred using google accounts more than anything and having a google homepage made it easier for me to manage everything. If they are really closing then I’m hoping for a better, improved igoogle.

    P.S. Thanks for this post!

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