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RIP Google Reader: Long Live Feedly

Why RSS | Feedly to the Rescue | Feedly’s Keyboard Shortcuts

At Google’s Take Your Parents to Work Day in April, one dad asked Larry & Sergey why they were discontinuing Google Reader. The reaction from the crowd was loud & sustained—who knew that Google employees and their parents loved Google Reader so much? But despite much gnashing of teeth by GR fans, the decision stands.

07-02 Plain Google Reader


Why RSS?

RSS Readers put your favorite blogs all in one place, so they’re much easier to follow.

  1. You don’t have to remember:
    1. Which ones you want to read
    2. How to find them
    3. When the author posts
  2. Posts from blogs you like automatically show up in your reader.
  3. You can quickly scan the news, content from professional sites relevant to your work, and content you want to read for any other reason.
  4. You can read more and save time doing it.
  5. It’s easy to add a blog you want to follow to your reader.


Feedly to the Rescue

After looking at several alternatives, I transferred to feedly. It’s easy to use, their folks are helpful, and I love the ability to customize. You can view your feeds in these layouts:

  1. Title. Article titles + part of the first line of the post
  2. Magazine. Image + a few horizontal lines
  3. Cards. Image + a few vertical lines
  4. Full Article. Image + as much of the post as the site sends out

07-02 Feedly Title View

Feedly’s Title View in “Pianist” Theme

07-02 Feedly Magazine View

Feedly’s “Magazine View”

Adding new feeds is easy as pie:

  1. Click “+Add Content”
  2. Type in a URL
  3. Click “+add to my feedly”
  4. Pick a category for your new feed.

That’s it! Now you’ll automatically get all the posts from that site, right in your feedly reader, categorized as you wish. You can also search for topics or titles, and feedly will suggest related sites.

Categories make it easy to read posts in groups according to topic (for example, learning, productivity, creativity, fun).


Feedly’s Keyboard Shortcuts

These shortcuts are one of the best things about feedly. Just press “?” on your keyboard (shift + ?), and up comes a helpful list.

07-02 Feedly Keyboard Shortcuts

You can skip to the next post, open a post in a new tab, share on Facebook or Twitter right from feedly, and do many more things. For long posts, scroll down by hitting the space bar.

So, while we may mourn Google Reader, feedly is doing everything they can to fill the gap—and more.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s free?


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