I enjoyed speaking to the Talladega Chamber Ambassadors tonight, a fine group of high school students who are doing great things to make their community a better place to live.

As promised, this post recaps what we talked about:


  1. Set up your free account at www.reqall.com.
  2. After telling reQall what phone numbers you would be calling from and giving reQall your e-mail address, put reQall’s number (1-888-973-7255)  in your phone as a contact and make it a speed dial.
  3. You can get a free reQall app. Click for BlackBerry, iPhone, or Android.

iGoogle is like your own personal dashboard of all of your “stuff” every time you open your browser. You can also log in to your iGoogle page from any computer that has internet access so that you now have access to your tools from anywhere.

How do I get an iGoogle page?

  1. Go to www.Google.com
  2. In the upper right corner, look for “iGoogle” and “sign-in.” Click “sign-in” to sign in to your Google account. If you don’t have one, create one. It’s free. You have to have a Google account in order to have an iGoogle page.
  3. Go back to Google and click the link that says “iGoogle.”
  4. You are now at your iGoogle page.
  5. Look for a link somewhere on the page that talks about making iGoogle your homepage. You will want to click that.
  6. Now the fun starts. You get to choose the design for the top of the page and the “gadgets” you will have on your page. Look for “Change theme” and “Add stuff” at the top right.
  7. You can get rid of any of the “stuff” by clicking on the “x.”
  8. You can re-arrange where each window is located by clicking and dragging it somewhere else on the screen.
  9. Many of the gadgets have a little down arrow you can click to edit the settings. That way you can get the weather for your specific zip code, driving directions with your home address already filled in as the starting point, etc.

As a starting point, you might want to just add the things I have on mine. If you click any of the links, it will take you right to the spot where you can click to add that gadget to your iGoogle page. Remember, if you don’t like a gadget, you can always get rid of it. Here goes:

Google Bookmarks
Google Reader
Bit.ly URL Shortener
CNN Technology
MapQuest Driving Directions
Area/Zip Code Lookup
Document to PDF
Google Map Search
Portfolio Monitor
Flight Status

If you have more than one computer, be sure to log into your iGoogle page and make it the home page on your other computer. When you are in a library or at some other computer away from home, you can go to Google and log into your iGoogle page. There’s all of your stuff just like you were sitting at home!