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The idea of a homepage has changed over the years. It was once regarded as the portal to the rest of the Web, and your choices were quite limited. Now a homepage is merely the first place you land when you click on the little browser icon, and you more than likely click away from it within seconds to land somewhere else.

We’re still intrigued to know what others have set as their homepage, however. Learning what someone has set as their homepage is like getting a glimpse into someone’s psyche, informing us of the one site they value above all others in this vast collection of pages we call the World Wide Web.

This Week’s Question…

What Do You Have Set As Your Homepage?

What you have set as your homepage says a lot about you. It suggests what kind of Internet user you are and what you primarily use the Web for. You may have a search engine such as Google or Bing set as your homepage. Or an online portal such as Yahoo or the BBC. Or a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter. Or even a community such as Digg or Reddit.

Your homepage is not only the site you want to see first thing in the morning or when you first power up the computer, it’s also the site you think you’ll be returning to often throughout the day by using the ‘Home’ button. Google is my homepage, primarily so that I can quickly click ‘Home’ and search for anything I need to find information on.

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you have set as your homepage. If it’s MakeUseOf then you get a gold star and a lollipop (not literally!). Your answer to this question may help others decide to change their homepage, if your reasons for choosing the homepage you have are compelling enough.

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  1. Idas A.
    October 30, 2012 at 3:57 am

    I got http://www.tilerun.com set not bad

  2. Techdude
    August 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Is there something like Google Now available for computers. I would sure like that, to have the cards act like your own personal assistant. I can have upcoming events on a card, weather on another, important gmail messages on another. Basically like Google Now for Chrome

  3. Dylan
    June 22, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I have a add-on called speeddial that has all the tabs of my favorite sites on one page.

    • Lloyd Etheridge
      July 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      That's great idea Dylan and if you are only using firefox but when you travel around a bit like I do and use different browsers its not so good.
      I find http://www.go4gizmo.com is much better as it saves them all online for you plus you can have lots of other widgets and add ons included on your home page at the same time.

  4. lloyd
    May 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I like http://www.go4gizmo.com as I can have my my own favourite links in icon or text format ... even hide them if I want so others cant see them.. then have what widgets I want added as well.....

    its free and I don't get spam from it and been on it a few years now.

  5. Hitesh Nair
    May 17, 2012 at 6:20 am

    makeuseof.com as home page, and google.com as the one that opens when i take a new tab

  6. Hephaestus
    May 17, 2012 at 6:19 am

    makeuseof.com and google.com

    • Hitesh Nair
      May 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

      Same as me !

  7. Phil
    May 17, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Chrome's new tab page
    loads quick and has links to most visited websites

    • Lloyd Etheridge
      July 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Yes it does phil but if the misses opens it and you been going to a few naughty sites...ooops..I use my home own go4gizmo homepage so then I can save them or even lock anyone out from seeing my links. It is pretty cool.

  8. Clarissa
    May 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I use YouTube on my channel as my homepage.

  9. jbwhite99
    May 17, 2012 at 12:56 am

    my.yahoo.com - combined Yahoo content with a lot of RSS feeds (sports scores, stock quotes, and NY Times yahoo link) gives me a great flavor of non-local news.

  10. 4ensicPenguin2
    May 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I use myYahoo! for my Geek News feeds.

  11. 4ensicPenguin2
    May 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    myYahoo!

  12. Saraahh
    May 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Countdown to Exams! :)

  13. Cutler Cox
    May 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I have my Google chrome browser set up to open up Google in one tab, gmail in another, and my favorite chat-room in the third.

  14. Ray Michaud
    May 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    iGoogle

  15. James
    May 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Chrome's 'Awesome new Tab Page' I very much like the metro style for it's simplicity, I'm patient, so I don't mind waiting for it.

  16. Praveen Khunte
    May 16, 2012 at 5:41 am
  17. gzuckier
    May 15, 2012 at 2:45 am

    My Yahoo. I'm not groovy like the hepcats today.

  18. Michael
    May 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Symbaloo.com found out about it 2or 3 years ago been using it ever since.

  19. Dee
    May 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Yahoo. For at least 10 years. I used to switch back and forth from Yahoo to Google, but the installation of the Google toolbar gave me the what I needed as I set my homepage to Yahoo.
    Tried several others in my early n00b years, but after becoming more web-saavy, I finally stuck to the one I found more useful for me.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      It's amazing that after 10 years Yahoo is still your jumping-off point :)

    • gzuckier
      May 15, 2012 at 2:46 am

      Me too!!

  20. rakete
    May 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    about:blank

  21. geertvdholen
    May 14, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I use speed dial, just one click to all your favourit sites

  22. Sravan
    May 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I use the default homepage in my Firefox.

  23. Ashu
    May 14, 2012 at 3:11 am

    about : blank

  24. Ashu
    May 14, 2012 at 3:10 am

    about:blank

  25. Dennis Wright
    May 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    google.com

  26. Prateek Kumar Singh
    May 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    "Speed Dial 2" with these dials:

    ThinkDigit.com
    Facebook.com
    TED.com
    SpeedTest.net
    IRCTC.co.in
    LkoUniv.ac.in

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      No MakeUseOf?!

      • Prateek Kumar Singh
        May 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        Sorry 'bout that. I owe u an explanation:

        See, the thing is that these are sites "I MAY FORGET TO CHECK" and that I do not forget them entirely.

        But frankly, MUO doesn't need to be on my homepage since it's always on my mind.
        MUO and ThinkDigit are always the first tabs to be opened. I may not check my FB or mail for 3 days, but not these..

        Thanx.. :-]

        • Dave Parrack
          May 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

          Ha, you don't owe anyone an explanation. I was only kidding :)

          Thanks for being a loyal MUO reader. We appreciate it, honestly :D

  27. Wendy
    May 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Transferr

  28. bill
    May 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

    My Yahoo

  29. Wayne
    May 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I have mine set to the Chrome Tab page which show the most used sites I go to. Secondly I use Skloog which keeps all my bookmarks in tabbed categories.

  30. Stephane Sechaud
    May 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Google Reader

  31. Pete
    May 12, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Netvibes (a mashup site) pulling in my RSS feeds and some dynamic content.

  32. aaronrcouch
    May 12, 2012 at 3:21 am
  33. Yatharth Khandelwal
    May 12, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I have my homepage as google

  34. Joe P
    May 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    symbaloo

  35. Ben
    May 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I have the Fast Dial addon for Firefox set as my homepage. It includes 10 of my favorite sites, then folders leading to other sites in each category. Here's a screenshot: http://img1.uploadscreenshot.com/images/orig/5/13105360732-orig.png

    And here's a link to the addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fast-dial-5721/

    (Note: I've customized it a ton for it to look this way)

  36. Aur3lie
    May 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Google Search

  37. Brenda Whitehead
    May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I have Google as a Home Page and Firefox as my browser. With Firefox's Roomy bookmarks toolbar, anything I regularly need is only one click away.

  38. Mike
    May 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    A nice blank tab.

  39. MikeVertx
    May 11, 2012 at 5:03 am

    speed dial plug-in or more recently http://www.symbaloo.com which got me convinced to change as it's very reminiscent of app icons for my android phone and allows far more 'bookmarks' to be easily accessible all in one place. my biggest drawback is the 'google' search in the center is a stripped down version and not ideal, i tend to find myself hitting control+t to open a new window now more often then going to back to my homepage... just to have easy access to google search and speed dial

  40. Rani Karana
    May 11, 2012 at 3:21 am

    New tab page on Google Chrome. It loads instantly and lets me have access to all my apps quickly.

  41. Greg
    May 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Google.com
    I always check to see if they have a new doodle for the day :)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

      Me too! Are we sad or what? ;)

  42. Kate
    May 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Blank

  43. Josh Gunderson
    May 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I have Gmail and Google Reader pinned as App Tabs, and I use the Super Start add-on as the home / new tab page.

  44. Arjay67
    May 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    about:blank

  45. Conor
    May 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I have no homepage set, just have the Chrome extension Speed Dial 2 set up so that I have everything I need in front of me, which differ depending on my needs for each day.

  46. Mark O'Neill
    May 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I thought iGoogle had gone the way of the dinosaurs. Obviously not. :-/)

    I have my Chrome browser set to session save so it opens the tabs from last time. But when I open a new tab, I have Awesome New Tab Page installed, which I highly recommend.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

      Thanks for the recommendation, boss :)

  47. wyrwolf
    May 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    NO home page - just slows me down. But if I want a jumping-off spot I pull up the Speed Dial (Opera)

  48. Stefan
    May 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    chrome 'new tab' page

  49. Lona
    May 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    my home page is one i both wrote myself plus a couple of java things. i have a calendar and i have a countdown for the number of days i got free from my last job. i also have a countdown for the number of days i've known my spouse.

  50. jigletten
    May 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Mine's set as the tabs I had opened before I closed the browser. I rarely ever do so, and I hibernate my laptop most of the time, so I'd barely ever see my homepage if I ever did set it to something. It's more as a safety precaution, if chrome crashes, then I won't have lost all the websites I had open.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I close my browser all the time and use CCleaner to clear the cache and cookies!

  51. Clark
    May 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I set chrome to reload my tabs from my last session.

  52. Jerry
    May 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    iGoogle...love the RSS feeds

  53. KamilKozyra
    May 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    My ISP, Yahoo, MSN, Google, eBay & LMI.

  54. Sue Deaunim
    May 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Xmarks

  55. BoobLove
    May 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Netvibes.com ofcource

  56. dragonduder
    May 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Used to be iGoogle, now it's Facebook/Google Reader/Google Calendar.

  57. BenN
    May 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I was an iGoogle guy until I attempted to unGoogle myself. I loved Symbaloo until their little bar started following me around. I currently use Netvibes but thanks to Brad C. I think I will be switching to Myfav.es (with Netvibes as a link).

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 3:38 am

      What was the reasoning for unGoogling yourself?

      • BenN
        May 11, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        I think MUO wrote an article about it so the spark was in the back of my head. Then a few things Google did finally made me jump ship.

        Google started to get political. I want my search engine to be a search engine, not a political activist. Especially since they do this outside of CA too- at least just stay in your home state and stop lobbying other states.

        I hated their Gmail update, still do. Gmelius keeps it nice enough, otherwise I would have left that service too(it is my only remaining Google service).

        I don't want to be part of any social networks. Google+ started showing up everywhere- I don't want to be joined into things by default and have to opt out of them. I don't want friends- I am good at not making, why does Google want to force me to have them?

        They started to get too smart- their recommendations just know too much. I like anonymity. I don't want personalized searches that look through my history and bookmarks and give me biased (though arguably more accurate) results. I don't want confirmation biased news or to be constantly bombarded with ads that are too hard for me to resist. I already own 47 flashlights, please don't tempt me with more, show me some tampon ads.

        I read a little truism somewhere- if you aren't paying for it then you aren't the customer, you are the product. Since I don't pay Google I am just something they sell to advertisers. Nothing wrong with this- they use me and I use their service, fair enough. I just felt like I gave them too much of my info. I also felt like I was too dependent on them- all my eggs were in one baskets.

        Search to DuckDuckGo, Docs to Zoho, Maps to Bing, Pics to Skydrive...

        • Dave Parrack
          May 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          Thanks for sharing the thought process. I have never even considered ditching Google but I find all your points valid. Google+ is being pushed too hard and rolled into other services, which I don't appreciate.

          "If you aren’t paying for it then you aren’t the customer, you are the product." That's a great line and very true. I guess the same is true of MakeUseOf, we provide content for free in order to gain eyeballs looking at the ads.

          At least there are some viable alternatives. Although it gets a bad press Bing is pretty damn good.

  58. Bob
    May 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Speed Dial

  59. Robert Martin
    May 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    iGoogle

  60. Dolfy
    May 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Symbaloo at home and Google at work

  61. HildyJ
    May 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I created a simple html page with my most often used website names and links. It loads instantaneously because it doesn't try and pull website previews as most dialer apps do. I'll see if I can post a sample line of html code:

    iGoogle

    h1 (header 1) makes it big, the align puts it in the center, the href is the link, and "iGoogle" is what's displayed.

    Slap on at the top and at the end and you're good to go.

    • HildyJ
      May 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      The comments god translated my html. Let me try again.

      Here's a sample line. You'd need to modify the {} to to make it real html.

      {h1 align=center}
      {a href="the full URL (in quotes) starting with http"}
      The name you want displayed
      {/a}{/h1}

      At the top and bottom of the list put {html}{body} and {/body}{/html}

      • HildyJ
        May 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        Almost. The sentence before the sample should read:

        You'd need to modify the {} to the 'less than symbol' and 'greater than symbol' to make it html.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 11, 2012 at 3:37 am

          That's a great idea, Hildy, and thanks for persevering with the code :) Simple yet effective!

  62. Cornflower
    May 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    DailyRotation, with additional RSS feeds and customized ones created from feed43.

  63. Matt
    May 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Netvibes

  64. Robert Cherokee
    May 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I use Google Chrome and have 8 Tabs set as my home "Page". A clock is tab 1, A forum for my profession is tab 2, MUO is tab 3, Cunsumerist Tab 4, GasBuddy is #5, My Yahoo #6, ESPN #7, iGoogle #8.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      HomepageS then! Good to see MUO makes it to number 3 :D

  65. Al
    May 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    igoogle

  66. Bill_Bored
    May 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    google.com/webhp?complete=0

    No instant, no suggest. :)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 3:36 am

      That's very useful, thanks :)

  67. Greg
    May 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I use http://www.myfav.es/. Very cool and customizable.

  68. Rex
    May 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Speed Dial 2

    • Reyes
      May 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Same here. Best home page I've ever had.

  69. Collin
    May 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I have the new tab window, but I never actually go home. I have it set to show my windows and tabs from last time.

  70. Earle
    May 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    i use Google

  71. Earle
    May 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Google

  72. Trust
    May 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

    duckduckgo.com

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Duckduckgo sounds like a washing machine liquid!

      • Dave Parrack
        May 11, 2012 at 3:35 am

        It does! It's a pretty neat search engine though.

  73. John Reese
    May 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I have been using Protopage for years.
    Seems like much more than a home/start page.
    Very configurable and loads very quickly
    in any browser.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      News overload! It looks like a great option, thanks for the recommendation :)

  74. nigel
    May 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Gmail

    Using chrome, I have the omnibox for Google search. Probably about 30% of the time I open a browser I will be sending, reading or looking up an email. Most documents I receive are organised into gmail labels

  75. Dann
    May 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I am shocked at the amount of iGoogle users. It's like I hopped in my time machine and went back to 2002. I have the default Firefox start page, which is just a customized google search

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      iGoogle does seem to be very popular. I'm a little surprised myself.

    • Sravan
      May 14, 2012 at 4:21 am

      Me too. I never thought so many people use iGoogle.

  76. C1p]
    May 10, 2012 at 10:49 am
    • Sravan
      May 14, 2012 at 4:19 am

      It's great. I like this search engine. It protects our privacy. I'm also gonna set this as my homepage.

      • Dee
        May 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

        Thanks for this! I set it as a searchbox option!

  77. Anita Lewis
    May 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

    iGoogle with gadgets for Google Reader, Twitter, Bookmarks, Weather, GMail, and ToDo List on main page. Second tab with News.

  78. Trevor L
    May 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

    New tab page

  79. Diana Wilcox
    May 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Google

  80. Charlie S
    May 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I use a coustomised page based on the John C Dvorak PERSONAL PORTAL This site is 100-percent text for instant loading.

    http://www.dvorak.org/home.html

    • Dave Parrack
      May 11, 2012 at 3:34 am

      That is fast. I like it :)

  81. curts
    May 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

    My Yahoo customized with lots of RSS feeds; essentially my personal "front page" for news. My Google calendar tab is pinned in Firefox.

  82. Meena Bassem
    May 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

    google.com/ncr

  83. Steven Rinestine
    May 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Wikipedia, it's an encylopedia of wonder.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      They should use that as their tagline ;)

  84. Bob Henson
    May 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    A Blank Page, which is reused when I go somewhere. In Firefox, I have a search box set to Google as default, and short codes set for all the pages I use regularly ("met" finds the Meteorological Office site, for example) so there's no point in wasting a tab on a home page. I've never seen the point in one, it's the first thing I disable when installing a browser.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Minimalism. I like it :)

  85. Flladi
    May 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    google.com

  86. Swanny
    May 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

    iGoogle for me.

  87. Roger
    May 10, 2012 at 7:38 am

    iGoogle

  88. Alan
    May 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

    homepage is Google Reader
    new tabs are iGoogle

  89. mrclose
    May 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Only2Clicks

  90. John
    May 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Google reader

  91. balu
    May 10, 2012 at 6:25 am

    igoogle

  92. Andrew Gould
    May 10, 2012 at 5:13 am

    My browser always opens to the pages I had last session. I don't use a home page.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Doesn't that get annoying?

      • Barnabas
        May 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        Not if you need to start where you left off and http://speeddial2.com/

      • Andrew Gould
        May 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Since I use the same pages every day, no.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 11, 2012 at 3:34 am

          That makes sense. It's not something I have ever considered doing. I have too many sites I visit daily.

    • CrAsH
      May 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Mine too. +1

    • Chad
      May 17, 2012 at 3:58 am

      I have Firefox set the same way, To open the same tabs that was opened when I closed it.
      It's really nice if you crash or the power goes off or something. When you get back up and running your right back where you was before.

  93. Clyde Atwood
    May 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

    My Yahoo

  94. Chris Collins
    May 10, 2012 at 5:06 am
    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Nice recommendation! Thanks, Chris :)

    • me too
      May 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Same here. Can sometimes take a couple seconds to load, otherwise awesome

    • AJ Kajewski
      May 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Me three! LOVE IT!

    • jbwhite99
      May 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Symbaloo looks cool, and with Metro coming, will give everyone practice for Win 8

  95. Mel Jove
    May 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Fast Dial.

  96. doorknob60
    May 10, 2012 at 4:40 am

    iGoogle, so I can check RSS feeds (mainly for this site), search for things, see my Gmail, weather, etc.

  97. jason
    May 10, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Google Reader

  98. Ron C
    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 am

    iGoogle

  99. Marco
    May 10, 2012 at 4:32 am

    igoogle

  100. dougdunfee
    May 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Nothing. When I open a new tab I don't like waiting. At work when I have to use IE on other folks machines I spend the first 10 seconds hammering escape so it'll stop loading something useless. :)

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Wow, that's impatient of you! ;)

  101. tguhh
    May 10, 2012 at 4:17 am

    about:blank

  102. Brad C.
    May 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

    http://www.myfav.es/ It's awesome. I have it fully customized with about 14 of my most used sites.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Great find. Thanks, Brad C. :)

  103. Janiece
    May 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

    iGoogle

  104. Chandra
    May 10, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Reddit and Google Reader

  105. Kelly Walsh
    May 10, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Google Reader

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