I had a rant already written out about how Google of all companies should realize the importance of cross-platform compatibilty and conforming to standards. Of course, Google did take care of this, and it does in fact work in Firefox. Fortunately for me, I cannot post from work, so I avoided being slightly embarrassed (yeah, right, as if anyone is even reading this blog.)
Having said that, a lot of people seemed to have trouble with it on Slashdot, so either that script was quite prolific or any user script that affects the http://google.com/ig URL was interfering with the intended functionality.
After the initial speedbumps, I found that these new additions to Google’s homepage were excellent. I have Google News, a stock ticker, Slashdot, Lifehacker, and Boing Boing feeds, weather, and a Gmail preview all on my homepage. All of this is customizable with regards to size and location.
Another added bonus is the Bookmarks section. I use and love del.icio.us, but sometimes it can be a little wonky with the proxy servers at work. If I find a neat site at work or anywhere that del.icio.us is inaccessible, then I can easily and immediately add it to Google and later post to del.icio.us. I realize the same is available with My Yahoo!, but I haven’t really warmed to the idea of “My Web” yet.
I can’t wait to see what Google rolls out next.