Organize the Web with IngBoo

Organize the Web with IngBoo

Do you suffer from information overload? Are you overwhelmed by all the different websites that you try to visit each day? The advent of RSS feeds was certainly helpful, but it wasn’t enough to handle your search for used merchandise, your hunt for jobs, and your insatiable appetite for Twitter trends.

While you certainly have many options when it comes to choosing a good web portal, you might learn over the course of this review that you’d prefer to use IngBoo as your starting point each day. By its own description, IngBoo is designed to free you from clutter and deliver only the information that you want.

Using IngBoo as an Internet Launchpad

In a nutshell, IngBoo works as an “easy-to-use Internet retrieval utility.” Think of it as your own custom homepage, loaded up with all the content that you need.

This Internet launchpad can handle all sorts of syndicated and personalized content. You can leave a keyword search on, for example, and it will constantly update itself with any new jobs that match that keyword. The same can be said for news reports, sports scores, RSS feeds, YouTube videos, LinkedIn updates, and more.

The IngBoo homepage is comprised of as many IngBoo lists as you would like. Each of these lists will display its three most recent items. These snippets are ordered based on priority and “freshness” of information. You can add things like CNN news updates, Perez Hilton celebrity gossip reports, and so on.

How to Add IngBoo Lists

The IngBoo lists can be added one of two ways. Near the bottom page are a series of preset tabs and options from their library. These are broken down into different categories, like business and jobs, and then you can provide any additional information as needed. For example, if you choose to add the Amazon Deals widget, then you can provide a keyword for the product search. The Craigslist search seems to only work for US-based locations, however.

Organize the Web with IngBoo

Alternatively, you can use the search tool near the top of the IngBoo homepage to enter your own custom keyword or RSS feed. For example, you might choose to add the Beyond the Rhetoric RSS feed to your IngBoo portal.

At first glance, it may look like you are only getting a series of headlines that are linked back to the source material. However, when you hover your mouse pointer over any of these items, the original content appears for your reading pleasure. You can see it in action here with one of my blog posts.

Organize the Web with IngBoo

After you sign up for an account with IngBoo, you can also sign up to receive email updates and updates to your smartphone. You can choose the frequency of these “digests” and at what time during the day that you receive them.

Extending Value to Publishers Too

This all sounds like it could be useful for web surfers, but what about web publishers? IngBoo has tried to approach this with the IngBoo button. This works in a similar way as an RSS button or an email subscription, except users are sent directly to IngBoo to add your list to their IngBoo homepage.

While most readers of John Chow dot Com are pretty familiar with RSS, many web users are not. The IngBoo integration can help publishers reach new audiences and increase the potential for revisits.

Get an IngBoo Account for Free

The Internet can bombard you with a seemingly unfathomable amount of information, so it’s important that you find a way to organize this information to best suit your needs. This can be for news, weather, job searches, buying decisions, and more.

IngBoo seems to provide a clutter-reducing experience that streamlines this experience, displaying you only relevant and recent items. I would have liked to see a multi-column option and the ability to move the IngBoo lists as I saw fit, but this still seems like a worthwhile web portal. The email digests are particularly useful.

Oh and the best part? IngBoo is free.


30 thoughts on “Organize the Web with IngBoo”

  1. A personally customizable management tool for the plethora of feeds and other information is just the berries! This will definitely help my management of all my online stuff. I’m heading over to IngBoo straight away……

  2. It sound like iGoogle only with more complete tools.

    1. That’s what I was thinking too. It does seem like it can declutter a little bit. Hopefully they implement a multi column system. It is a huge waste of space for people with big monitors to not be able to use multiple columns.

      1. Yeah, great idea. It is more easy to organize if there is columns facility.

  3. Yea basically it’s like igoogle on steroids. John your FTC disclosure page had me dying. You should write a blog on how to get freebies.

    1. It was pretty funny, but that’s just how John is. Have you read his ebook yet?

      Also, if you search his archives, he actually has a post about how to get free stuff at trade shows. It isn’t the same as online, but it’s a good start.

  4. John Burton says:

    IngBoo is basically iGoogle – which I used to use – but way better. The tools work a lot better and the interface is nicer and more intuitive.

    I ditched iGoogle for IngBoo, and my personal recommendation is that others do the same.

    John Burton

    1. Ingboo is working on a Blackberry app which will help you keep up with your searches while mobile. iGoogle are good options to those who have a Google/ Gmail account. If not, other services for Mac, Windows and mobile devices are available.

    2. A.P.Scanner says:

      That’s it. I’m heading over to IngBoo and signing up without second thought. You people sure know how to convince others, eh?

      I’ll soon know how this one really compares with iGoogle.

  5. What will this do to help my website right now John?

    1. How did this post get past the spam filter? I think it breaks almost every rule of comment etiquette (which you can read about on my blog here… jk).

      If you were actually serious, it helps your website by streamlining your workday which allows you to spend more time working on and promoting your site. Sounds like a good deal to me.

  6. Wow seems to me that few nice brains have done this. Interesting to see that they understand it and also come up with the solution as well.

  7. Mal Keenan says:

    Thanks John
    This will help with organizing my business. My desktop is a mess. I’d be interested in any tools you know of to organize folders, files etc..

    Mal Keenan

  8. fas says:

    YOu cant beat the price of free. A worthy try definitely.

    1. Sure you can! They could pay you to try using their service or offer a giveaway… Then again… I guess that’s still just more free stuff.

  9. Anna McMahon says:

    this looks awesome! Some of these tools just keep getting better and better. I just wish I had the money so that I can afford them.

    1. There are some amazing tools out there. This one is free though. Maybe you should read the post and stop spamming. Akismet isn’t doing it’s job very well today 🙁

      1. I see you’re on a crusade against spammers Blake. Maybe a nice WP plugin would be one where other commentators can democratically cast a vote or lodge a complaint or something like that. Spam is the bane of the internet, and sifting through some of these meaningless replies is just ridiculous!

  10. Hey John,

    This IngBoo realy looks like a wonderful application that will surely save a lot of time of mine.

    As it can make everything get over one place, so, it will give me more time in doing other works for my blog.

    Thanks for introducing it.

  11. I thought Google was organizing the web.

  12. Wow that is a really great idea!! I will definitely have to start experimenting with ingboo.

    1. Yeah, you should. It make blogging life become more easy. 😀

  13. videostar says:

    Ingboo is really worth being a helpful application in the work.

  14. nada says:

    thanks john
    it is really a good idea to orginize many kinds of business

  15. this is a great tool especially for me info overload

  16. EarningStep says:

    nice sharing. it’s the first time for me to know a great feature from ingboo. even i love igoogle more than anything but i will try this

  17. james says:

    Seems a good alternative to iGoogle, which I feel is nice too but RSS feed takes long time to show up. I would like to test out how this web portal compares with iGoogle.

  18. Money-Era says:

    I use igoogle.Its pretty good.

  19. Igoogle meets frienfeed = ingboo ?! SY

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