Once upon a time, there was Geocities. I don't know whether you have ever heard this name before. It was a free web hosting service that offered some space for your web page back when costs were skyhigh. Then, yahoo! got GeoCities and... closed them down. And I lost my researchtriangle/2232 page.
Now, Google closes iGoogle.
I already learned the hard way that I cannot rely on any service, instead I have to design and implement my own services if I have to rely on some service at all. Well, I am about to do just that - build my own service.
And use those instead.