I’m actually quite amazed how many people out there cling to the ancient idea of a “home page”. I’m sorry, I’m amazed how many people who use modern browsers still use “home pages”. IE users of course have no choice. I mean, you can’t really expect much from a browser in which the CSS support is only slightly better than in Lynx (which has virtually no CSS support). Most people who use, normal, non-retarded browsers (and I mean retarded in non-derogatory way of course – as in developmentally challenged) – like Firefox and Opera sessions have their browsing environment restored to the previous state when they open the browser, so they can pick up exactly where they left off.
What I do have is a set of tabs that usually opens when my browser opens and I get upset if for some reason my session gets messed up and I am forced to re-open all of them. These are usually google reader, google callendar, twitter homepage, terminally-incoherent administration panel. On top of that there is whatever I was browsing before, and what I want to revisit next time I open the browser. In other words, I do not have a singular homepage but a whole set of dynamic pages that I want to have open at all times.
Working in IT I had ample opportunities to see what technology-impaired people usually set as their home pages. The breakdown was something like this:
- Most people used MSN which clearly indicated that they never figured out how to change their homepage. When I switched their page to our company website many people remarked “how fast the internet loaded” for them after that. That’s because our page did not have flashy flashing flash, jumping, moving and scrolling adds and all that crap
- A lot of laptop users had their home pages hijacked by their home ISP – so all Comcast users had comcast.net, all AOL users had AOL.com and etc…
- Quite a few people had some strange Yahoo fetish. My theory is that they all first got “the internets” back in the ancient past when “Yahoo” == “Searching the web” and never moved on. Go figure.
- The rest of the people used Google but not iGoogle.
- Some of the more clueful people used about:blank for speed
Naturally none of these people actually used browser sessions but then again these are the same people who send emails like “when I open microsoft I get an error” to our help desk. Expecting them to actually enable a non-default feature that is both convenient and helpful (at least IMHO) is silly. This sort of people like to do things the hard way. :P
Here is a question for you, the reader: do you use a homepage, or sessions? If you do, what is your homepage and why. If you don’t then do you have a set of tabs/pages you always keep open like me? Let me know!
[tags]homepage, tabs, sessions, browser sessions, browsers[/tags]