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Good Bye iGoogle! Hello HootSuite!

What page comes up, when you open your browser?

As long as I can remember for me it has been iGoogle. Most of my digital life is stored with the search giant anyway. That’s why I found it convenient to be greeted by my latest emails and blogposts as soon as I open my browser:

Earlier this morning I realized that that era is coming to an end when I was greeted by the following message:
“iGoogle will not be available after November 1, 2013. Learn more.”
The one and only true start page is going away! I am really going to miss it. It’s nice though to get advance notice to adjust.

And as a matter of fact adjustment has already been made. Most of my updates I consume via Hootsuite anyway. Starting today I’ll just use that as my browser’s start page:

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Declaration of Independence pushing for immigration

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On the Fourth of July I have made it my habit to read the Declaration of Independence. Those big words of the preamble and the conclusion continue to impress me by the power that words can execute. This year I’ve been drawn to a more technical section though: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”
The most prominent theme that follows is the well-known “taxation without representation” among many others.

My highlight this year is about immigration:
“He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.”
The biggest concern for America was and ought to be: how can we get the most people here and make them citizens as quickly and as smoothly as possible? The king of England is hurting us by putting up a fence around our borders…