Feedly: A Great Alternative to Google Reader
Article by George Norman
On 19 Mar 2013
Since Google Reader is going to be retired soon, chances are you’re looking for an alternative. Check out Feedly, the efficient feed reader that’s available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, iOS, and Android.

Earlier this month Google announced that it will retire Google Reader, its free feed aggregator. The company regularly analyzes its offering and decides to retire or deprecate the services that are not very popular. By giving up on these not-so-popular services, Google can devote more resources to high impact ones. Google Reader, even though it has a loyal following, has seen a decline in users over the past few years. Consequently Google decided to retire it come July 1st, 2013.


“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months,” said Urs Hölzle, SVP Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow.

The fact that Google Reader is going the way of the Dodo means that a lot of Google Reader users, myself included, are looking for an alternative. Out of the various feed aggregators out there, I recommend you give Feedly a try. It is a properly good tool and the fact that more than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined Feedly over the course of 48 hours this month speaks volumes. The user increase, as a little side note, forced the Feedly team to 10x their bandwidth, add new servers, and reaffirm their commitment to keeping the service up and running, acting based feedback from the users, and adding features on a weekly basis.

Feedly Main Features
  • Sync your feeds from Google Reader or easily get started with a new collection of blogs, news sites, podcasts, and so on
  • Auto-mark feeds as read
  • Tagging functionality
  • Advanced sharing functions: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instapaper, and more.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to use Feedly as efficiently as possible
  • Loads feeds at lightning speed , makes feeds easy to read on mobile devices.
  • Keeps your feeds syncs between your phone, tablet, and computer.

Feedly is available for for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, iOS, and Android.

Checking your feeds becomes an amazing experience with Feedly, which presents content from your feeds as a beautiful magazine-like interface. Thing of Google Reader’s demise as a good thing – because you now have Feedly to help you stay on top of your favorite news sources, blogs, videos, and so on.

Additional information on Feedly is available on its official webpage here.

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