I have been thinking a lot lately about how my life on the web is very much influenced by how I set up my homepage. In years past I used iGoogle, MyYahoo, and other programs to create personalized dashboards that filtered what I most cared about online. Each one had their own way of graphically displaying the links I most wanted to see, but none really hit the nail on the head. Even worse, some had ways of getting me to check out content I really didn’t care about. Free always has a price!
So a few years back I decided the simple answer was to create my own homepage as a Word document in a table form. My landing site is now a 4×5 table with one category per square, and 3-4 links under each category. There are no cool pictures or graphically pleasing layouts like the new Windows 8, but the simplicity and absolute control over content of my homepage is what I like most.
So I have been pondering how the links I place on my homepage significantly influence my online life – for better or worse. By constricting the links to what I care about most, a lot of wasted web surfing time is eliminated. However, my chosen links also become habitual stops that prevent exploring new and potentially better content. So at times, I reevaluate my homepage and make changes, but I am still contemplating the pros and cons of how I engage the online world.
How do you access the web on a regular basis? Do you share at all my concerns? I really am interested!