7 Reasons I Picked Feedly to Replace Google Reader

On Wednesday, Google surprised denizens of the Internet with the news that they would be discontinuing Google Reader. This was a sad day for people like me who consume most of their blog content with this simple, easy-to-use RSS aggregator.

Reasons I Picked Feedly to Replace Google Reader

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Almost immediately, I was flooded with messages from people wondering what I was going to do. You would have thought the North Koreans had just launched a missile against California!

Though I depend on Reader to forage the blogosphere in search of useful information for my tribe, I wasn’t in a huge hurry to solve the problem. After all, Google won’t be shutting down the service until July 1, 2013—more than three months from now.

As a result, I replied to these inquiries with, “I’m not sure what I will use to replace Google Reader. Right now, I am considering several alternatives.” But, that didn’t seem like a very good answer.

After a few hours, I thought I may as well dive in and figure it out. After all, that task sounded easier than actually working on the book I am supposed to be writing. (You can thank the Resistance for this post.)

I looked at the following apps:

Keep in mind that I typically process my RSS feeds on my MacBook Air, so I ruled out apps that were exclusively or primarily designed for the iPad.

I settled on Feedly for seven reasons:

  1. It will transition your Reader feeds seamlessly. Some of the others might too, but in my research, Feedly made this explicit.
  2. It uses most of the same keystrokes as Reader. (After years of using Reader, these are wired into my muscle memory.)
  3. It has a nice, clean user interface.
  4. It provides several viewing options: Titles (my preference), Magazine, Mosaic, Cards, and Full Articles.
  5. It already integrates with Buffer and the developers are working on Evernote and Pinterest integrations now.
  6. It has iOS versions.
  7. It’s free (my favorite price).

The folks at Feedly even posted some tips yesterday for people migrating from Google Reader to Feedly. I suggest you check it out.

Making a decision about which software to use is highly personal. If Feedly doesn’t meet your needs, pick one that does. Thankfully, there are lots of options.

Question: Which program do you think you will use once Reader bites the dust? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • http://twitter.com/joannamuses joanna

    I’m not sure what I’ll change to. I’m going to wait a bit longer just in case google changes their minds and keeps reader.

    • http://khmerbird.com/ khmerbird

      Humm, I don’t think they will change their mind :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I doubt they will change their mind. Even if they do, I am done with Reader. Feedly is so much nicer. Thanks.

  • http://khmerbird.com/ khmerbird

    Yes I used Feedly before and synchronize to my Google reader. So I need to find a way to make Feedly works Independently from my Google reader. I am glad to find this post that points me to the right solution I am looking for.

    Thanks! Just to let me know maybe I am the only one listen your podcast from Cambodia, a country you might never heard of.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You may be my only listener in Cambodia, but I have certainly heard of the country. I even know where it is! Thanks for listening!

      • http://khmerbird.com/ khmerbird

        Thank Michael! I’m glad that you know my country.

        After reading your book, I understand a lot about platform. I love the book. It’s a very useful book to me.

        All my best wish to your platform university!

  • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

    I too was comforted by the fact that they said they anticipated this shut down, and were already prepared for it.

    I even got a tweet back from Feedly saying that they are working on making sure that Feedly and Reeder connect, which is my iOS Google Reader option of choice.

    As far as July 1st being the shut down date, now that I’ve found a replacement, I’m done with Google Reader. I’ll practice on the new tool now, and customize it further. How about you?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Exactly. I have already made the switch and am not going back.

      The surprising thing is that Google had so little vision for Reader. They could have monetized it by putting ads in the sidebar. Everyone would have understood that move. But instead, they killed it, and ticked everyone off. Not very smart if you ask me.

      • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

        A few have told me that I’m wrong to think that Google made a mistake closing Reader down.

        The reasons I think it’s a mistake are:

        1. It kills good will towards Google
        2. They could have monetized it
        3. It makes Google users wonder what’s getting axed next (Feedburner?)

        I have come to the conclusion that this is a good thing though. Google wasn’t making it any better, and it definitely calls attention to the fact that RSS aggregation and reading is a desired service. I believe this space will now finally grow again, instead of just relying on one plateaued standard.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I think that is exactly right, Erik.

        • http://www.robertkennedy3.com/ Robert Kennedy III

          If nothing else, Feedly has proven that they are worth it by being prepared for the monster traffic that is now hitting. Newsblur on the other hand is down for the count. Their site is not even up today. They were not ready.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            Good point, Robert. I had trouble getting on several of the sites to test their products. But not Feedly.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Great insight, Erik.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    Thanks for this recommendation, Michael. I was one of the dozens who flooded you yesterday. (It’s good to know that North Korea is still holding off.)

    I’m especially glad to read that Feedly integrates with Buffer. Thanks again.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Wayne. No problem. It was an “opportunity.”

  • Ben Shearon

    I’ve started a Feedly account. If Google goes through with this, Feedly will transition seamlessly (they claim). If Google changes their mind, I’ll keep using Reader. Feel like I’m covered either way now…

    • Phil Larsen

      That is a good point. A little insurance.

  • http://www.davidpmariano.com/ Dave Mariano

    I just started with feedly yesterday and love it. Very easy to transition from Google Reader and the integration with Buffer, Google+, Twitter and facebook is great. It’s very different from Reader in terms of design, but much nicer once you get used to it. It’s very easy and fun to use so it didn’t take long. Oh, and the iOS app makes it very fun to use on my iphone. I swear I’m not being paid for this, I’m just shocked at how much (and how quickly) I love the feedly app.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I feel the same way, Dave. It was an easy transition. In fact, had I known about it before Google’s announcement, I would have switched to it any way. Thanks.

      • http://www.davidpmariano.com/ Dave Mariano

        I remember buffer announcing the integration with feedly so I had heard of it, but I was hesitant because I didn’t want to go through the work of transferring all my feeds over. I didn’t realize how easy the transition would be. I guess I should’ve looked into it just a little closer! Have a great weekend.

  • CharliePharis

    I’m liking Feedly, too so far.

  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    I am grateful you gave into the Resistance to share this information! Doing the research on this, and posting your reasons for your choice is most helpful to my decision making. I will be switching to Feedly as well. Now I won’t have to spend time figuring this out on my own, which means my time here was a great investment, as always. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/TechSavvyLender Chris Sanderson

    For once, I’m glad the resistance won you over, Mike! LOL

  • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

    Thanks for jumping on this Michael, always appreciate your sound leadership!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephenie.hovland Stephenie Hovland

    I used to love my Yahoo reader page. It was laid out sort of like a newspaper. Each of my feeds had its own header that I could expand or contract to only see the title. So, I could scan the whole page and see which blogs had just posted content. I got a few words of the blog post, too, so I could pick and choose easily what I wanted to read right away (unlike the constant scrolling I do on Google Reader.) I could move things around, too, so I could group the blogs according to their nature: writing, business, motivational, Christian, etc. I loved it, until it stopped loading things. It became really inconsistent. I have it a while, and then conceded that it was time to move on. If I can find something like that again, I will be very happy about it.

  • Satish Talim

    I tried feedly but even if I mark something as read, I keep seeing the same. Somehow the UI is not intuitive for me.

    • ruis2002

      Try Bloglovin instead. It is pretty intuitive, easy to find the “mark as read” link, and also features a “mark all as read” button. http://www.bloglovin.com/

      • http://www.robertkennedy3.com/ Robert Kennedy III

        Checking this out also. The interface doesn’t draw me immediately but willing to give it a shot for a few days.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        I assume Feedly has a “mark all as read” button, too? I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the Bloglovin recommend as well.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Yes, Feedly has a “mark all as read” button. It works just as you would expect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronny.goel Rohan Goel

    I also have transitioned to feedly , simply because it does not involve going thru any transitioning steps like export, import etc, all has been taken care of by the developers. Also I like the interface as well

  • http://somewiseguy.com/ ThatGuyKC

    “You can thank the Resistance for this post” <– HAHA!

    Thanks for sharing your tips. I jumped ship to Feedly as well and am really enjoying the interface. Keyboard shortcuts are something that I need to get better at. I switch between a PC at work and Mac at home so there is some frustration from using the wrong set of shortcuts.

  • http://emuelle1.typepad.com/ Eric S. Mueller

    Google Reader discontinuance is going to hurt. I’ve come to rely on it heavily. I’m currently experimenting with Netvibes. One of the requirements I have for a GR replacement is I have to be able to access it from work. Since people who work in Information Assurance are ALWAYS so hardworking, proactive, and on the cutting edge, my work computer has the exceptionally current and bleeding edge Internet Explorer 8. And this is AFTER the Windows 7 upgrade I finally got New Year’s Eve. You can tell IA and HR are my two FAVORITE organizations to deal with.

    I use my friend’s Exchange server, so I attempted to import my feeds into Outlook, but this is WAY too cumbersome. I can create search folders, but these won’t show up in webmail.

    Feedly sounds great, but I can’t yet see if it will work without Chrome or Firefox or iOS. At the office, I can’t get a signal to save my life, so I have to factor in compliance and support on Internet Explorer 8.

    So far in a brief experiment before reading this blog post (which was the first I read in Netvibes) Google Reader keyboard commands appear to work. At least, J and K do.

  • http://AnnArborRealEstateTalk.com Missy Caulk

    Thank you, I’ve been trying to figure out which one to use. This was at the top of my list and you helped finalize my opinion.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    According to inside sources, the Vatican is pretty steamed over Google’s announcement on Wednesday that it would discontinue its Reader, as it pretty much wiped news of the papal election off the front pages. Meanwhile, local stations in Nashville reported on white smoke rising over the city, which indicated that Michael Hyatt had selected a replacement reader.

  • Michael Knepprath

    I actually already switched to Feedly and read this post in it. Great choice! :)

    • Michael Dawson

      I did the same thing!

    • http://sparkmission.com/ Julie Welles

      I had switched to Feedly a few month ago, as I had heard rumors that Google was going to shut down reader. I LOVE Feedly. I love the options it has for layout, integration with Buffer, and I am happy to hear that they are working with an Evernote integration, too. I ditto your comment, @ddbab586c8e849fd1c2dbccaa4c79548:disqus and kudos to @mhyatt:disqus for sharing it with your tribe. It’s an excellent choice.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        This is great to hear, particularly from someone who’s been using it for a few months. Thanks, Julie!

      • http://twitter.com/quanahzimmerman Quanah Zimmerman

        The Evernote integration is great news. I’ll be looking forward to that!

    • http://www.OmniZed.com/cybergrub2/ Jason Barnidge

      ditto. like it better than g reader anyway. :)

  • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

    I haven’t used Feedly in a while, but I did like it when I used it. Does this mean you are using the iOS feedly app as well? I use Mr. Reader on my iPad and Reeder on my iPhone and really like both. I can move to Feedly’s app, but I’d prefer to stick with Mr. Reader for my iPad since I enjoy that experience so much.

    The one thing I hope Feedly does is work with IFTTT.com. I have a Google Reader “recipe” where anything I star on GR goes into my Buffer account and to my Instapaper account. I’ll ask for that feature on the Feedly site.

    • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

      Good news: I received a tweet back from Feedly saying they will be working to integrate with Reeder.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Dallon, I am using Mr. Reeder on my iPad. I plan to continue using it, provided they can integrate with Feedly. I don’t want to have to maintain two lists.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I’ve been playing with Feedly since Google’s announcement. It looks like it may be my choice, but I’ll miss Google Reader. It’s amazing how we (or at least I) can struggle with change. Great post!

  • Ron Whitler

    Thanks for the post Michael – RSS has been my newspaper for some time. I lost my breath for a few moments when I read the first post (via RSS of course) about the sunset of Google Reader. Once you start thumbing through aggregated feeds, you’re hooked.

    I’ve set up a reader account for my middle school son to read all of his teachers’ Sharepoint feeds regarding homework. It hits his smart-phone and he can read updates before beginning his homework.

    A few months ago, I installed the Feedly app on my iphone and love the beauty of their interface. On the mobile side, I wasn’t left with the feeling that I had touched every article, swiping through it sequentially / chronologically. I think I’ll be studying the gestures now.

    Again, thanks for the review

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Ron. I subscribe to the discussion forum feed at Platform University as a way of keeping up with the conversations there. It works beautifully too.

  • http://www.softskillsforhardjobs.com/ Jim Ryan

    Thanks Micheal. I use Chrome and with one click I had all my feeds move to Feedly. Love it.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    I like self-hosted where it counts (like hosting my blog), but personally, I don’t think it’s important beyond that. I think hosting their own RSS aggregator would be beyond 99% of my audience. Thanks.

  • robertrizzo

    I did similar research. Netvibes only allows an import of 500kb and my reader feeds are about 1.5 MB. Newsblur suspended free accounts and only allows 64 feeds into free accounts. I have around 250 feeds. So feedly seemed like a seamless transition. Already made the move. Testing FeedDemon for desktop.

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

    I tried Feedly recently because it integrates Buffer, which I love. However, I found Feedly, especially the mobile version, difficult to navigate. It seems to have so much flashy stuff that it’s hard to find stuff and mark it as read. Consider me still looking–and would appreciate any reader tips on a more streamlined reader.

  • http://cherylbarker.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Barker

    Thanks so much for this, Michael. So appreciate the leg work you do for many of us so you can pass along good advice and recommendations. You’re appreciated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christelle.donaldson Christelle Donaldson

    I’m glad you wrote this post, I was on the list of people asking you what you were going to use :)
    I read about Feedly on Mashable on Thursday so immediately installed on my iPhone, like you said, the transition is smooth which is great.

    I’m grateful that Google told us in advance, early enough to get organised for the transition.

    And good on you to be so timely with your post!

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    On the iPad and my Android Phone, I like Flipboard by far. Beautiful interface and I can see all my media in one place. For the Mac and PC it looks like it will be Feedly. This is a perfect time for a company like Yahoo or Microsoft’s Bing to come out with a replacement for Feedburner and develop a beautiful RSS reader interface.

    Talk about a quantum leap with an installed user base…

  • http://twitter.com/RichDHorton Rich Horton

    Agreed Feedly is very, minimal and free. I can use it on Chrome, iOS and my Mac :-). Good recommendation

  • http://twitter.com/quirkycity Heather C Button

    I never used it but saw posts on how Google reader helped the islamic revolutions because while they could block some posts, they couldn’t block reader so the headlines all came through because it was by Google. They suspect some of the lesser known readers will be easier to block because they don’t have the Google name and are on a different server, like Youtube.

  • Alex P

    Hey Michael!

    Thanks for the post. I’ve been using Reeder for a long time and really enjoy it. Although, I have used my google reader account to manage my subscriptions.

    May I ask why you did not choose Reeder, specifically?

    Thanks for the post!


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, because it doesn’t integrate Buffer in the Mac version. I am heavily dependent on Buffer.

      • Alex P

        Very interesting, I did not realize this. Surprising, but they do say it is coming. I have started playing with Feedly. What a gorgeous app. Had Reeder integrated Buffer would that have made a difference for you?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Yes, I think so. I wrote to them several times requesting it, but I never got a response.

  • Michael

    I made the move to Feedly yesterday too. So far, so good

  • http://www.jaysonfeltner.com/ Jayson Feltner

    I’m a huge user of Mr. Reader because I love doing my morning blog reading on my iPad. We still have Google Reader for 3+months and Mr. Reader is working on an alternative, so I’m sitting tight and saving every interesting replacement to my Evernote.

    • http://www.williswired.com/ Randy Willis

      Same here. I’m going to wait. Three months is time for a lot of development as the alternative services battle for a pice of the Google Read pie!

  • http://www.laurenphelpscoaching.com/ Lauren Phelps

    I knew I could count on your for an answer to this terrible news! Thank you for providing us valuable information in a VERY timely fashion.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Do you know how I can get my blog on Feedly? I just started using it and it’s great, but my blog is not there. I think my RSS is working. Do I need to sign up somewhere?

    • http://twitter.com/btocher Baxter Tocher

      feedly can add any blog if it has an RSS feed. If your blog has one, anyone can add it.

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        I think my RSS feed went down a few weeks ago. I did some work today and think I’ve restarted it. I know it takes 24-48 hours to find it’s way to feed readers. I’ll see what happens.

  • ruis2002

    I signed up for Bloglovin. It autimatically prompts you to import all your Google Reader blogs when you sign up. It’s quick and easy. I recommend creating an account with Bloglovin, rather than signing up through Facebook, since they immediately ask you if they can post to your Timeline on your behalf (ugh). Unless you *want* all your blog posts automatically posted to your Facebook account, I recommend just signing up for Bloglovin without touching your Facebook account.
    I tried downloading Feedly for Firefox, but I have a lot of issues with Firefox crashing on me, so I think I’ll probably just stick with Bloglovin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/neboysha.n Neboysha Novkovich

    I’m allready using Feedly.

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

    I was a bit shocked by Google’s announcement. Moved to Reeder at the recommendation of Lifehacker. Like it so far.

  • Michael Dawson

    I made the switch yesterday as soon as I saw the announcement. I did research and landed with the same result. I even read this post in Feedly.

  • Don Jones

    Michael, thanks for your input. I will also probably move to Feedly as well from research. I was curious why you haven’t been reading RSS feeds of your ipad? I read off android tablet and like the ability to follow up offline which Feedly is not able to do, as I understand. I do use an android which aggregates from Reader so perhaps there will be other apps written to address this. Thanks for your great posts and podcasts!

  • http://whiskeynose.com/ Ernie Ayres

    I just switched based on your recommendation and I like it a lot more than Google Reader. Thanks!

  • Jason Epperson

    I love it when I check your website and see an old fashioned blog post about some miscellaneous issue, such as today’s. I understand why you do fewer blog posts, why the ones you do are usually about platform, and why you do so many pod casts. So I don’t criticize your new style. I do, however, miss the old days when I didn’t know what I was going to get when I checked your blog everyday but I knew I’d get something interesting, usually Monday through Friday. I admit that I might be in the minority on this point. I still enjoy checking in from time-to-time, though.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing that with me. I sometimes miss blogging that way too.

  • http://twitter.com/adrianvann adrianvann

    Michael, as always, thanks for doing all the hard work for us! I’ve just switched over to Feedly.

  • http://propreacher.com/ Brandon

    Right now for me it’s between Feedly and Reeder. I have been using Reeder on my iPhone and iPad with Google Reader and I like the interface the these apps best. Feedly’s app is a bit more clunky in my opinion. However, Feedly has been very clear about its plan to transition to a post Google Reader world. Reeder just said that it wouldn’t die with Google. I’m going to hang on to both and see how things fall in July.

  • Brian Schmitt

    Michael, Thanks for posting this. When I read about Reader going away I thought, “Someone I trust will come out with a post about a good alternative. I just need to wait until that happens before I make any moves.” This is exactly what I was waiting to read.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Brian. I am glad it was helpful.

  • http://twitter.com/lettner Michael Lettner

    I’ve switched over to Feedly. I was sad that Google Reader is going away for it was one of my 4 pinned tabs in Chrome (along with Gmail, Calendar, & Tweetdeck). From other sites, the biggest common suggestion was Feedly so I went to it. I also checked out the Android app this morning and it works great. Similar to Flipboard, but even better in my opinion.

  • http://www.smarterym.com/ Aaron Helman

    I’ve been off of Google Reader for a while now and use Feedly.

    Although, lately I’ve found myself using pulse more.

    • Anthony

      Steve Jobs called PULSE “a wonderful RSS reader.” I’m attracted to this because I’d like a web based option, not merely a browser plugin and app. Thanks for mentioning PULSE, I’m going to look at it closely since I also use Pocket and they have a send-to feature.

  • Robert Nigro

    Thanks for this tip, Michael. I rely on Google Reader as a way to not have to remember to visit websites and to not have to poke all around in them to find the things I’m interested in. I need and want a push technology to put stuff in front of me. I think there are many people like me, and I also think that if Google thinks news readers are dead, they are sadly, sadly mistaken. (I recall now that I switched to Google Reader when something else bit the dust.) There is content I don’t want to try to follow on Facebook or Twitter (which frankly, are cluttered enough and too time-consuming for this particular purpose). That leaves a news reader as the only decent alternative. One more thing: All content producers should work on writing better headlines (except Michael; he gets it). Salon’s and Slate’s are pretty bad. I can scroll through a few days’ worth of content from them in a reader and not find much to look at, when I’m faced with useless headlines like “Unite!” or something similar. No incentive to click through to see what that’s about.

  • http://twitter.com/erikthornton Erik Thornton

    thanks for posting this! very helpful

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronswanson Ron Swanson

    Thanks Michael!

  • http://www.myhelpsource.com/ Guy… @MyHelpSource

    It’s nice to agree with Michael! I researched alternatives to Google Reader–which is [was] nearly as important as my morning coffee–and concluded that feedly was my best bet, too.

    The feedly folks are heroes! Set-up could not have been easier. Just two or three clicks for my PC and Android, and I was ready to go. I set up feedly, poked around to get the lay of the land, liked what I saw, and then wrote a quick post about my transition, all in well under an hour!

    Bottom line, I think I like feedly more than Google Reader.

    Way to go feedly team!

    And thank you, Google, for kicking me out of the nest.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Hah, love your line “…thank you, Google, for kicking me out of the nest…” – some are saying that Google has actually kicked its users in a different unnamed area!

      • http://www.myhelpsource.com/ Guy… @MyHelpSource

        Thank you, Tor!

        At times, I do feel like Google has kicked me elsewhere.

        By the way, it seems that this may be just one more step in the complete demise of the RSS feed. How do you see that –i.e., RSS feeds disappearing — playing out? Any recommendations from your vantage point?

  • http://twitter.com/chris_d_walker Chris Walker

    I tried out Feedly yesterday too and will be sticking with it. I actually found things that I like better than Google Reader. I organize my feeds into groups. This allows me to prioritize what I am reading or scanning. I had them organized in folders in Google Reader and Feedly organizes them the same way. But the coolest part I found was that I could set the view different for each group. I have a news feed group that is just updates on local and national news. This feed gets a lot of updates and is typically one I scan and read a low percentage of the articles depending on the events in the news that day. But I have another folder I call Must Read where I have blogs that I don’t want to miss anything. I set the view to Timeline that gives me the photo and the first few sentences of the article. I am sure that there is more to learn, but so far, I am very impressed with Feedly.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Oh, I like that extra organization feature. Nice.

    • Jim Martin

      Chris, this really is a nice feature of Feedly.

  • http://cazwilson.info/ Caz Wilson

    I was one of the ones you sent you a Twitter message because I know from your podcasts that you use GR. I would have picked Feedly but sadly I don’t work in tech and my office has a strict “only use Internet Explorer” policy and it just wasn’t an option for work reasearch.
    So I’m giving Netvibes a try and I like it so far, I’m using it not just as a RSS reader but as a social media dashboard as well and I really the layout.
    Having said that I’ve signed up for Feedly as well – the offer of the seamless integration as a B plan was too good to pass up. Going to have to do some testing over the next couply of months to see which I prefer.
    Thanks for getting a blog post out so quick about this!

  • http://joewickman.com/ Joe Wickman

    Great call. I too panicked at the news and landed on Feedly. I even like the app for my iPhone!

  • http://twitter.com/kylemusser1 Kyle Musser

    I used to go from site to site & just recently learned about Google Reader, but after giving feedly a try its a great serivce! Nice design & layout. Thanks for sharing Michael & everyone else!

  • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

    I’ve been using Reeder and still very much enjoy it. They also mentioned they will remain active after Google Reader shuts down.

    However I’m always down to see new things. Does anyone have a good comparison between Feedly and Reeder?

    • Jim Martin

      Mike, I have been using both Feedly and Google Reader for quite awhile. What I noticed is that my eyes seemed to quickly locate particular posts on the opening page that I often missed seeing with Google Reader. Just an observation.

  • http://www.robertkennedy3.com/ Robert Kennedy III

    I’m thinking that self-hosted is the way to go if you are the content originator and want to control how that content appears. But with something like an RSS feed, you are curating so much more content that self-hosting would be just one more thing to monitor. At least that’s the case for me.

  • http://www.robertkennedy3.com/ Robert Kennedy III

    I’m digging Feedly so far but interested in seeing what Digg comes up with based on the fact that they have had the opportunity to observe this scenario.

  • http://twitter.com/joesheehan Joe Sheehan

    I’ve decided I’m going to wait a few months to figure out what the landscape of the product space will look like. I don’t need to move now.

    The one thing I’m growling suspicious of are “free” products. They usually sell my information to advertisers, and in the case like this one, can shut-down at any time. I’m a big believer in the 37Signals’ spirit of paying reasonable prices for products of reasonable (or better) value, and given how much time an RSS reader can save me, wouldn’t object to a small $3-5/month fee to use a service I believed would last. It wouldn’t need to do more than GReader did.

    Thanks for your openness on this Michael!

  • Julie H. Ferguson

    Feedly does not allow users to share onto their Facebook biz page. This is a deal breaker for me and my writing community on FB.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Agreed. This is unfortunate. I hope they add this. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/billsimmonslive Bill Simmons

    I use FeedlerPro and loved it. Plus it already integrates with Evernote. That’s a must for me.

  • http://www.enmast.com/ Devan Perine

    Diggin’ Feedly. Perfect solution. Not a fan of the other ones. Thanks, Mike!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Yeah—I just downloaded it for my Ipad and I am really liking the flow. I really like that you can load your Google feed to it.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Best quote of the day: “You can thank the Resistance for this post.” Hahaha. Love it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/itsjoanne Joanne Sher

    SO glad you did this post. I didn’t realize Feedly allowed for anything but the magazine mode. I’ll definitely take it into consideration as I decide (and yes, I LOVE my Google Reader). At this point, I have my choices narrowed down to Feedly or Newsblur. Will read more comments later, and definitely take your thoughts into consideration, before I decide. Thanks!

  • VikRubenfeld

    I tried Feedly based on your review. It’s awesome. Thanks!

  • Fr. Hans Jacobse

    Another rumor: Google is looking to discontinue support of Feedburner too. Any web guy who uses the option of sending out daily summaries through Feedburner should start looking for alternatives.

  • http://www.pauljolicoeur.com/ Paul Jolicoeur

    I am trying out Feedly and its looking pretty good.

    One quick question; when I log into Feedley with my Google account my current RSS feeds move over. Will this be effected by Google shutting down or is the RSS data moved over to Feedly?


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, I don’t know how they will handle the mechanics of that.

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  • http://brettcohrs.com Brett

    My favorite part of this post? Your tip of the hat to The Resistance. As a matter of fact, I believe my reading this post and writing this comment is also due to the same culprit. :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Ha! That’s pretty funny, Brett.

  • David

    While the price may be right, isn’t going with another free service just setting yourself up for the same “this is more trouble than it’s worth” decision from a company down the road?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Perhaps. But even a paid-for service could go out of business.

  • Kevin Brinkley

    Does anyone know if Feedly will support Google Alerts without Reader?

    Google Alerts currently live in Reader. I’ve been experimenting with a product called Mention but it’s hard to give up Alerts.

  • Keith Marshall

    I migrated over to feedly too. There will be a bit of a learning curve but already I kind of like it. I’m curious though why readers and RSS feeds never caught on with the general public. It’s such a great way to consume information. What do you think?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great question. I am not sure. I think people assume it is very technical.

  • Andrew

    Hey Michael, I’m wondering if Feedly saved all of the old posts from your subscriptions. I have several subscriptions that belong to websites that are now dead, so it’s no longer possible to subscribe to them. However, their old posts are still saved on Google Reader’s servers. Did Feedly retain old posts like that when you switched over?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, I am not sure. I store everything I want to save in Evernote.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.u.earl David U Earl

    Michael great suggetion with Freedly” I have down loaded and have it up and running with 15-20 minutes. Also I may add it kind of follows “Evernote” layout. Their notebooks style of classifing your different blogs you read. Thanks again and keep up the great work you do

  • http://www.betterhealthtoday.co Kay Wilson

    Wow, that was easy, i changed from Google reader just by logging into my google acct thru Chrome and connected to Feedly! Wish other sites were sooo easy. thx, Michael

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It was easy, wasn’t it? I was surprised how easy it has been.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdainhanson Dain Hanson

    Crazy after your podcast this actually happened. I love Feedly and have been using it for months now. That would have been my recommendation. Good choice.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/MizMarieCreations Marie Murphy Whitehead

    Liking Feedly ( been on it 24 hours!)

  • Harrison

    Michael, I often appreciate your words of wisdom regarding web apps and technology. You have a knack for finding beautifully designed software and hardware that works well. After Google’s announcement, I went out on my own (without consulting anyone, including your blog) to find something for its replacement, signed up with Feedly, and immediately loved it. Then I read your post, oddly enough, in Feedly and just smiled.

  • http://twitter.com/quanahzimmerman Quanah Zimmerman

    Nice post, thanks for sharing. I’ve just started using Feedly and I completely agree with your seven reasons – I had been looking into Reeder, but I found it was a little too slow for my personal taste. Also, it’s a stand alone app and I enjoy accessing my RSS feed directly in my browser. On the iPad, it’s Flipboard all the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonimanolache Toni Manolache

    Google Reader IS NOT DEAD!

    http://SmashingReader.com is the alternative. The only one!

  • MuchClearer

    Am surprised noones really talking about netvibes. Great interface, easy migration, conpletely customisable, what am i missing?

    • http://emuelle1.typepad.com/ Eric S. Mueller

      I played with it. Doesn’t seem to want to work well on iOS.

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  • http://flatcreek.com/ Allen Fuller

    I love the Reeder app, and the developer posted this week that they wouldn’t be going away with the death of Google Reader. I’m hoping they come up with a Feedly integration, or some other cloud service to keep feeds in sync across devices.

    Thanks for this insight into Feedly, will definitely check it out.

  • Wil Fry

    Okay, so I checked out Feedly. From their web page, it seems like Feedly isn’t a web page at all, but an extension that I have to install on my browser? If so, it’s not a replacement for Google Reader *at all*. Google Reader is online. All I have to have is the URL, and I can access it from any computer, any browser, any time.

  • http://CraigDesmarais.com/ Craig Desmarais

    I’m right there with ya Michael! I love the interface and I am an avid Buffer user as well so I love that combo. Good stuff! I’m gonna miss Google Reader but with life comes change… to embrace Feedly!

  • Dan Ilioiu

    I used Feedly for a very long time on my phone/tablet. It just makes the articles aesy to read. However, on my PC I always read on Google Reader – it was really simple, nothing more than what was needed.
    I am also searching for alternatives, and I found Netvibes. It seems to be the winner for me,
    On secodn note, I don’t understand this “seamless” buzz that feedly is putting out. Just export your subscription from Google Reader and import them into any other reader you want. What is all the fuss about? I don’t think that people who use RSS don’t know this.

  • http://naturalbornalien.wordpress.com/ Melody DuBois

    Thomas Baekdal agrees with you about Feedly… guess I’ll have to have a look. He also has some interesting thoughts about the future of RSS. http://www.baekdal.com/opinion/goodbye-rss-please-come-back/

  • Scott

    I already switched to feedly months ago and love it! Super easy to use and I love being able to categorize my blogs.

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  • Christian Major

    Thank you for this post Michael. I just ran across it while browsing my reader feed from Feedly on ios. Still getting used to the navigation, but I think I’ll stick with it.

  • http://bobholmes.blogspot.com/ Bob Holmes

    Thanks Michael! Feedly transitions well, and It totally smokes Reader in my book.

  • J. Gary Ellison

    I read this on Feedly, so I may park here a while.

  • Alastair Macartney

    Well I just signed up following recommendation. I’ve been looking for something else and I like that fact that it keeps all devices up to date. I’ll be interested to see how this works out, particularly as they add more functionality.

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  • http://poisecatalyst.com/ Cornelius Mota

    I was using Google Reader as well. I have just switched to Netvibes and so far it looks great.

    If you switch from the default “widgets” to the “reader” view mode, it’s actually pretty similar to Google reader.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Good tip Cornelius – thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1031355722 Cathy Chester

    Thank you for this post. As a newbie blogger and a reader of other’s blogs I had no idea what to do. Now I will use Feedly, and I am going to share your article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1031355722 Cathy Chester

    How do I add Feedly to my blog so others can add my blog to their Feedly? I searched plugins in WordPress but nothing came up. Help! Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You don’t need to add it. When your readers click on your RSS button, it will automatically take them to Feedly if it is their default reader.

  • Karl Mealor

    Thanks for the information. I was previously unaware of Google’s planned discontinuation of their reader. I will probably just take your recommendation on Feedly.

    Thanks again.

  • http://twitter.com/N2GoodSuccess N2GoodSuccess

    THANK YOU!!! I didn’t have the time to find a new reader. I checked it out and I really like Feedly. Set it all up just now! I may even like it better than Google Reader.

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  • http://twitter.com/Betiann Bettyann Schmidt

    I’m already using Feedly through G. Reader, and I heard that I probably won’t have to do much of anything to just continue as is when Reader shuts down. Thanks for the post. I learn a lot from you.

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    Thanks for doing the heavy lifting on researching the various options Michael – Feedly sounds like a fit for me as well!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, Tor!

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  • http://twitter.com/steffeyk Kevin Steffey

    I think Feedly as well. I have been using for about a month on iPhone / iPad due to integration with buffer. I really like that. When the announcement came out, it solidified my decision.

  • http://www.itsworthnoting.com/ Levi Smith

    A while back I moved away from RSS readers entirely. I use Twitter and Hootsuite to get better functionality than RSS readers in my opinion. I enjoy not having an unread count and with tabs and columns, I prioritize lists and go through what I have time for from highest to lowest priority.

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  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    I switched to Feedly too. I like it so much that I’ve started unsubscribing from my e-mail newsletters and I’m moving to only using RSS (before it was about half and half).

    One thing I love about Feedly is how simple it makes subscribing to new blogs (at least with the Google Chrome extension). I just click on the RSS logo on the blog and feedly takes over.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Rob— I am with you. I really like how feedly displays the blogs too. Much better than feedburner.

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  • http://twitter.com/JudiHoller Judi Holler

    Thanks for the tip!! I was just thinking about what I was going to do … Then there you were, per usual! Thanks!

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  • Micki

    I just started using a content aggregator, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I do like feedly a alot! Lots of content in a very short time for me. Between this and Buffer, my productivity is going through the roof!

  • Matthew Candler

    I too am liking Feedly, but am having one glitch. On the iOS apps, when I go to Buffer a post, Feedly won’t change the URL to my custom shortened url. On the Feedly app, there is a place to input my bitly username and API key, which I did, but to no avail. Anyone else hit this bump? If so, what was your solution?

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  • http://www.nixonvs.com/ Nixon Virtual Strategies

    Hey, let’s not forget good ole Outlook. For RSS feeds without all the graphics and crap you don’t want to be bothered with, it’s perfect. I’ve been using it for years. http://nixonvs.com/outlook-rss-feeds/ Feedly drives me nuts with all the pictures. Takes me longer to digest what I need and Outlook is right where I need it to be.

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  • kimptoc

    A few ‘paid’ options are coming up too – like feedbin and feedwrangler. Costing around $20/year – I am wondering if its better to go for one of those, as I can imagine its costly to run this kind of service – tracking all those feeds, whats been read, starred etc per user. Whats that old saying, if you’re not paying, you are the product… or something like that :)

    Thanks Michael H, as always – fan of the podcast.

  • http://twitter.com/mikekimtv Mike Kim

    I like Feedly though I wish it was a tad more user-intuitive. I haven’t yet figured out how to recategorize blogs, and sometimes when I try to add a blog it glitches. Hoping this is a server issue b/c of the Google reader users, but thankful for your recommendation!

  • Laura McClellan

    I’ve tried Feedly, and I like the look and interface, but I do have one problem with it that I’ve not yet figured out a solution for. Unless there’s just a setting I need to adjust, I can’t read my RSS feeds in Feedly when I’m not online. My normal travel routine is to update my feeds in Reeder (on my iPad) just before take-off, so I have all the current articles/posts, and then once we’re in the air I open Reeder and start working my way through the posts. But when I tried to do that with Feedly I got a message that my feeds weren’t available because I wasn’t connected to the internet. If Feedly can’t buffer (or whatever you call it) my feeds for reading when I’m offline, then it’s practically useless to me. Please tell me there’s a setting I can adjust to fix this!

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  • esb

    feedly is good except : it does not have a search function brrrrrrrrrrrr

  • http://josuemolina.com/ Josue Molina

    Feedly is amazing. My First time reader! I remember jumping in to google reader and being so confused, so I stuck with email subscriptions. Feedly solved the problem. It’s so clean and user-friendly. Thanks for sharing Michael.

  • http://john-shea.net/ John Shea

    I just checked out Feedly and love it, I am actually fairly new to using RSS feeds to read blogs

  • Scott Shubert

    I imported my feeds to feedly and newsblur when Reader first announced it was shutting down. Today I logged in to feedly and there is nothing. There is no way to import it again from Google after July 15th. The decision is now clear. Newsblur is the winner and Feedly must forever go into the trash where it belongs.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Odd. Feedly is working fine for me. Everything is all still there.

      • Scott Shubert

        Sorry. I have to retract my negative comment about Feedly. I discovered that the new feedly cloud was logging me in automatically using my google account and that I had signed up using a different email. When I logged in using another Google account everything is still there working fine. Oops! So everything is still good with feedly and no problem.

  • Michael Douglas

    Michael, You mention that you use HootSuite also. It has an RSS feed built into it. It’s unclear why you would opt to use Feedly when you could use something built into HootSuite? Am I missing something by not using Feedly?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You just have to try Feedly. It has SO many more features built in.