Tuesday, June 12, 2007

iGoogle lets you add more than 6 tabs - screws up on moving content from 1 tab to another

Earlier Google Home, now known as iGoogle added a feature quietly, that lets you have more than 6 tabs on your iGoogle page. Earlier there was a restriction on the maximum number of tabs you could have - 6. After creating 6 tabs, you would not find the linke for "Add a tab". I just noticed that in iGoogle, even after having 6 tabs, you can find the link for Add a tab. Moreover, iGoogle also has a new feature, that now adds content automatically to the tab based on the tab name you give. You can do this by checking the check box "I'm feeling lucky. Automatically add stuff based on the tab name". These are indeed very good features. Because earlier I wanted to add more than 6 tabs for a variety of feeds and I couldn't. Also I needed to hand pick my feeds, but now the tab name gives an indication to iGoogle on the kind of content I want.

But there is one place where I would say iGoogle screwed up. Earlier it was very easy to move a particular feed from one tab to another. Just hold the title of the feed and drag it to the next tab, and the feed moves from the old tab to the new tab. Now, I don't know if they removed that inadvertently or screwed up something in the code, but I can no longer move that. This is very irritating because, when you have a tab and feel that it has too much content, you would feel to move some specific feeds to another more specifically named tab. But now you will have to remove the feed from the older tab, add it again in the new tab. If the drag and drop feature from one tab to another wasn't there before, it would have been ok but I don't get the logic in offering a nice feature and later removing it...

Any guesses anybody??

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

yea, i just noticed this happening this morning too, i bet a lot of people are running into this after bloating up their existing 6 tabs.. and wanting to drag them over to new ones. hope they fix this soon.. no way its a 'feature'.

Karthik said...

@anonymous: I thought so too, I hope they will fix this soon, can't wait to reorganize my iGoogle :)

After establishing great standards with their site, it doesn't suit Google's stature to make petty mistakes like these...

AnneK said...

Hey,

Thanks for "coming over". It was nice catching up with you this morning. :) Yes, I do miss Pappu a lot, I try not to bring that too much into conversation since it is kinda hard for me to talk about that.

Anonymous said...

I can drag drop feeds from any of my 12 tabs to the other tabs just fine with FireFox 2, 3.0 RC1 and IE 7.

Still working fine for me anyways. Good luck.

Saagar said...

@Anonymous: It works now, the post is old, it wasnt working then, I guess they fixed it by now..