Web Marketing: How to Set Up Your Social Media Desktop in iGoogle

By John Arnold, Michael Becker, Marty Dickinson, Ian Lurie, Elizabeth Marsten

iGoogle is one of the simplest social media desktop tools you can use for online marketing. If you already have Gmail or use another Google service, you can simply add it to your existing account. Plus, it integrates with Google’s various other services.

The only downside about iGoogle is this: You don’t have much control over how your page looks. If you’re not a fan of the Google aesthetic for pages that have a lot of text on them, iGoogle may not be for you. As you’ll soon see, your social media desktop will have a lot of text on it.

You can set up an iGoogle homepage as your social media desktop in just a few simple steps:

  1. In your web browser, go to iGoogle.

  2. If you already have a Google account:

    • But you aren’t logged in: Sign in, and then skip to Step 4.

    • And you’re already logged in: Accept the offer on the iGoogle splash page to make it your homepage, and then skip to Step 4.

    If you have a Gmail account, you already have a Google account. Sign in using your Gmail address and password. You’ll see the iGoogle setup page.


  3. Select a theme, but leave your interests blank. Enter your location.

    You’ll fill your page with other widgets that bring you news feeds, headlines, and content related to your interests, from blogs, news websites, and search engines.

    When your iGoogle homepage appears, with a bunch of preselected items (such as Google News, weather, and the current time), you can remove them, too.


    You’re ready to start adding items, such as search results and your favorite blogs.