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.
RSS Readers put your favorite blogs all in one place, so they’re much easier to follow.
- You don’t have to remember:
- Which ones you want to read
- How to find them
- When the author posts
- Posts from blogs you like automatically show up in your reader.
- You can quickly scan the news, content from professional sites relevant to your work, and content you want to read for any other reason.
- You can read more and save time doing it.
- It’s easy to add a blog you want to follow to your reader.
Feedly to the Rescue
- Title. Article titles + part of the first line of the post
- Magazine. Image + a few horizontal lines
- Cards. Image + a few vertical lines
- Full Article. Image + as much of the post as the site sends out
Feedly’s Title View in “Pianist” Theme
Feedly’s “Magazine View”
Adding new feeds is easy as pie:
- Click “+Add Content”
- Type in a URL
- Click “+add to my feedly”
- 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.
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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