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.

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  • 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.