Protopage is 7 years old and outlasts iGoogle!

Google announced today that it is shutting down iGoogle, which was a Protopage competitor.

Protopage launched in 2005 and is still going despite nearly every other start page shutting down or becoming derelict.

We were one of TechCrunch’s first ever posts on August 18th 2005 (after seeing we were the #1 most bookmarked site on delicious that weekend), and we’re still going strong!

FYI, unlike other start pages that took huge amounts of venture capital and underwent forced sales, Protopage is completely independent and debt free, and we hope to be around to celebrate our 50th birthday one day if the internet is still around…

(If you’ve just discovered Protopage, you can try it here)

22 Responses to “Protopage is 7 years old and outlasts iGoogle!”

  1. Julie Says:

    Congratulations and great work! Thank you!!

  2. Dave Says:

    PS: I hope you are ready to scale up your infrastructure because as word gets out I suspect you will see a lot of growth.

  3. Muhammad Hussain Says:

    I am trying to set up Protopage on my iPad and it doesn\\\’t work for me as I cannot select and drag the widgets. Also, the slightest tap on the screen and it blooms 3/4x the original size. There\\\’s no help to be had from the search box either.
    Hoping to join you guys soon if I do not flame out.

  4. rice Says:

    Congrats! I love using my protopage. I\’ve become so dependent on it that I get nervous if it doesn\’t load right away.
    Thanks for the great work.

  5. ambkj Says:

    Just switched. There are some problems with some widgets…hope you get a larger selection soon! So far, though, I like my homepage a lot.

  6. Peter Says:

    Very good job, nice book marks, no cluter.
    Keep the good working – web site.
    Best regards.

  7. Site issues Says:

    Is anyone else lately able to get a verification code sent? Have tried several emails, and checked junk box. No emails sent, though the site says it has.

  8. Chris O\'Connor Says:

    I have been waiting for the activation email for 15 hours and it has not come yet. Yes, I have clicked the “Resend Activation” a half dozen times and nothing seems to be working. Is the activation feature temporarily down?

  9. Tim Says:

    Still waiting on verification email…..

  10. Carl Kruck Says:

    I’ve joined as well and still waiting for a code – look forward to getting into Protopage!

  11. Bryan Jensen Says:

    Still no activation mail :(

  12. H Mac Says:

    Good to see I am not alone in the verification issues…..

  13. am tired of waiting Says:

    Glad I found this. I’ve been waiting for an activation email for 3 days. Tried numerous emails and even sent an email to Customer support. I’ve heard nothing. So I’m looking for another solution…

  14. M Read Says:

    This is excellent.
    Do you take contributions?

  15. A Says:

    Now that you’re picking up so many new members what are your plans for adding widgets?

  16. Michelle Says:

    I set up an RSS feed for all the Blogs I follow. It was working great for about a week, and we are now on Day7 of it saying ‘feed retrieval in progess’. thought this was just a temporary issue, it has been over a week now and still not updating?

  17. Bryan H Says:

    So glad it is and will be still around :) I don\\\’t know why more people don\\\’t use it.

  18. Garfield Says:

    Congratulations. Wishing you many more years of success. Thanks for keeping it simple, effective and working.

  19. John Says:

    I have tried many others, this is still my favorite because of the handy one-page layout with the custom boxes, it\\\\\\\’s the best way I have found to organize my bookmarks, beyond the few I use every day ( I use speeddial2 for that) and the vast heap of rarely used but worthy bookmarks ( Keyword-searchable \\\\

  20. Agentii imobiliare Says:

    That is hilarious! :) I like surfing everyday on the internet, evan tho, I am not that into it… It\’s not like a drug, and I can live without it! I\’ve tested already. I am not addicted to it.

  21. George Says:

    Protopage is one of my all time top 5 internet apps. I primarily use it to have several tabs of bookmarks because a visual grid is much easier to remember than a drop down list or searching for the name of a site. The drag and drop feature is a great addition. It lets me maintain my bookmarks efficiently. Great job. I hope Protopage is around forever.

  22. Steve Says:

    Updated address: