Tuesday, 16 April 2013

My Chosen Alternative To Google Reader

On the 14th March, I posted about the impending closure of Google Reader.

I hate it when stuff like that happens. You find a product or service you like, only to have it taken it away and then you have to find a suitable alternative. Alas, my moany cries of "but I liked that one" were of no help BUT I think I've found a pretty sweet alternative!


Feedly, this is everyone. Everyone, this is Feedly.  I actually now wonder what all the fuss about Google Reader was because this is pretty similar, except much more colourful and it's just as easy to use!

First things first, the main benefit is that you can transfer everything from your Reader feed, favourites and subscriptions into Feedly very easily. It does all the hard work for you, you just need to give it access to your Reader to account do it. So that's a major boost!

Secondly, it looks good.  You can change the display to show your feed in a list...


 ...or in various formats with images.


It also has plenty of other ways you can customise your feed, including colours, layouts, modules and stuff.


And there's also a list of keyboard shortcuts if you like to zoom about!


Finally, and another one of my favourite things about Feedly, is that it has apps! Blog feeds on the go?  Don't mind if I do!

So I can catch up on my iPhone...


...and my iPad too!


Does anyone else use Feedly?  What do you think of it? Or do you have another favourite alternative you'd like to share?  Tell me about it below!

8 comments

  1. I love Feedly! I used it on my phone first but now it's my go-to on the computer as well.

    (First comment here, and hello to a fellow North-Eastern Scot! :) )

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  2. I love feedly. Everyone was jumping on the Bloglovin bandwagon and all I could think was...noooooo, there has to be something better out there.

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  3. Totally agree! I used my Google reader app as my morning newspaper so my requirement was an easy to use, sleek app. Feedly has given me that plus more. I wouldnt go back to Google Reader even if they changed their minds.

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  4. Hi ladies! I agree, I felt Bloglovin' wasn't quite the right fit for me, like it was missing something, then I found Feedly! I certainly wouldn't change back either! I hope Google focus on Blogger stats and apps now!

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  5. I switched to Feedly mostly because I had way too many subscriptions to re-subscribe one at a time. I know a lot of people like Bloglovin' but I agree with Karen, it just felt like something was missing! I also really like the ease of adding a new feed - in the bottom right corner of the screen is a widget that you can click on to sign up for the feed of whatever site you are currently on.

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  6. I've just recently switched to feedly. The best thing is it that it looks great.. scrolling through my favourite blogs has become a visual treat. I find it easier to navigate and it works better on my pc than google reader too.. :) very impressed so far

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  7. I know a lot of people are using Feedly or BlogLovin' since the Google Reader announcement. After trying out all the viable alternatives, I've settled on NetVibes.

    NetVibes takes a bit of work to set it up as a reader, but once I did it was perfect for me. Part of it is that it operates in ways similar to Google reader, such as the use of folders, and the layout (although you can have a mosaic layout, etc.). But I also love how there are checkmarks to easily mark things read or to read later (which I had been using an extension for), and I can view full websites from within the reader and comment, making my commenting time go further than before!

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  8. Thanks for the recommendation Rachelia, I'd never heard of NetVibes before but I'll definitely go and check it out!

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