Last night a trusted friend of millions “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” and “touched the face of God” when the execution of the world-renowned iGoogle was carried out at 12:01AM this morning, November 1, 2013. The executions was carried out behind the walls of its one time home, Googleplex.
iGoogle was born in Palo Alto, CA in May of 2005 to Google, Inc. At the young age of 1 iGoogle moved with its parents to their new home, called Googleplex, in Mountain View, CA. It should also be noted that it would be at Googleplex where iGoogle would be executed.
iGoogle was unmatched in its field and will be sorely missed. iGoogle was an industry leader, serving as a customizable start page or personal web portal. During its lifetime, iGoogle was extremely active around the globe, working day and night to play an important role in the organization of millions of Home Pages around the world.
Last year, on July 3, 2012, iGoogle was found guilty of “its need eroding over time” and was sentenced to die by its removal from the Google servers at 12:01AM, November 1, 2013.
The sixteen months between the verdict’s announcement and the sentence being carried out should have given iGoogle’s friends and loved ones ample time to say their goodbyes and to search for a replacement. However, this has proven to be very difficult, if not impossible, for many devotees of iGoogle. Many of them simply refused to believe that the death sentence would be carried out, expecting a last minute reprieve to save iGoogle.
Wakes, vigils, and memorial services are being held around the world out of respect for iGoogle and the way it served so many so well.
iGoogle is survived by its parent, Google Inc. and its grandparents, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Cards and flowers may be sent to Google, Inc. at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043. You may also voice your condolences by phoning 650-253-0000.