I’m replacing Google Reader with Feedly
For years, Google Reader has been a very popular way to follow news sources and other syndicated reading material, like this blog. I recently shared the news that this venerable product is going away. After considering the alternatives, my personal decision is to move to Feedly.
The final factor in my decision was this article by David Pogue, my favorite tech writer. Here’s a summary of Pogue’s points on Feedly:
- Automatic import of your list of subscriptions from Google Reader, which Feedly will integrate into their own database by July 1
- Neat ways to subscribe to new sources
- Apps for iOS, Android, and Kindle devices
- Feedly is pretty
There are ads, subtly placed to the side, and I’m glad Feedly has them. The revenue they generate will increase the chances that the product will be around for a while. The major downside (which doesn’t affect me) is that right now Feedly doesn’t work in Internet Explorer, but that can surely be fixed.
The existing software is excellent; Feedly gets 4.5/5 stars in the iTunes store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore! The Firefox add-on gets the same rating, while the Chrome extension rates a full 5/5. The company plans to develop apps for Windows 8/RT, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry 10.