Google Personalized Page Gets a Makeover

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Google has been on a roll in adding features to the personalized pages. It was announced earlier today on the Google blog that on one’s own personalized page, there would be themes added and would coincide with one’s own time zone. For example, if you have a beach theme, the page would determine that if it was morning or afternoon in your time, then the beach should be lit up. And of course, if it was night time in your time zone, then the beach would be dark.

As I’m writing this, it is night in my time zone, so my theme looks like this:

Other themes that Google is currently offering in their personalized pages are Classic, Beach, Bus Stop, City Scape, Sweet Dreams, Tea House, and Seasonal Scape.

Another feature that Google added to the search results pages and to personalized pages is the + box idea. When you click on the + for certain pages, you can read data without having to leave the page. The example that the Google blog gives is the ability to open the stock quote for Apple Computer, Inc. on the search results page for “apple.” This feature was also integrated in the Google personalized page.

And speaking of personalized pages upgrades, NetVibes isn’t too far behind with improving features as well. Tariq Krim adding better RSS experiences through the Coriander launch edition of NetVibes. To read about new NetVibes features, refer to Tariq’s blog.