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.

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?