Yesterday afternoon, Google announced that it will be retiring Google Reader, which launched in 2005. The actual date is July 1, 2013.  According to Google, the reason is simply because usage of Google Reader has declined and that they’ll be pouring “all of our energy into fewer products”.

I was sad for about .02 seconds because when a door closes, window opens… or something like that.

Because of this, I’ve discovered Feedly and I’m actually a little disappointed I didn’t use it before.

What’s so good about it? Let me give you the bullet points (literally):

  • For starters, if you sign up before July 1, 2013, your migration will be “seamless” – just log in with your Google Reader account. Easy peasy. I did it in seconds. More info on that here.
  • They also give us Google Reader users some tips on the transition.
  • love the design – it is simple with clean lines and neutral colours.
  • Love that you can change your views – I am really digging “Cards”.
  • There are also keyword shortcuts that I haven’t familiarized myself with yet, but hey I’m sure they’ll come in handy.
  • Infinite scrolling! Because you know we’re all too lazy to click “next page” sometimes.
  • Everything (Web and mobile apps) is always synced.
  • You can organize your feed in Categories and Tag articles (like a more detailed “save for later”)
  • I love a company that actually takes user comments into serious consideration and this blog post is evidence that Feedly does this.

So overall, I would highly recommend Feedly as your new RSS reader – I’ve thoroughly been enjoying playing with mine all morning! And while you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to BEAUTYANDABITE :)

If you’ve got an awesome new RSS reader suggestion or if you’re a Feedly veteran and would like to give a noob like myself some tips, hit me up in the comments!

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  • Wow, thanks so much for sharing Maria. I was actually really sad to hear about the end of Google Reader and frankly a little worried because I have soo many blogs/news sources on mine. I am going to transfer to Feedly right away!

    • You’re welcome! I was really worried it would take me hours to transfer everything, but this was done in seconds! So glad I could help :)

  • crystalgibson

    Okay, I did it. I’m not convinced yet because I am a purist and love the simplicity of Reader. Thanks for sharing!

  • Crystal

    I have also transitioned to Feedly! Hope you will be putting up another post about Feedly tips ;)

    • How do you like it so far? I’m still pretty new and it seems super easy to use so I’m not sure how far my tips would go :) Hehe

      • Crystal

        I’m loving it! The interface is so sleek, it feels like a new magazine everytime I open my app.
        I’m still trying to figure out how to add new blogs on my phone to Feedly though (without copy&pasting the address…hmm)

        Hopefully in a few more weeks, we will both graduate from the Feedly noob class ;)

  • Holla back to Maria for showing me the way of Feedly — I also now feel like I’ve been missing out on improvements that’ve been available to my tools without even knowing it!

    But at least I’m using it NOW, right?

    Looks like the time-suck that is an RSS reader isn’t QUITE done with me yet!

    • Glad I could help! I feel the same way… love the interface! And now I actually have my feeds organized so I think I’ll be spending more time reading :)

  • I started using Feedly too, although I haven’t been catching up on my feeds as often as I used to. It’s still taking some getting used to how Feedly works. I’m pretty sure I’ve lost some of my feeds but I can’t really tell because I follow so many. Cheers!

    • I’m the opposite! I used the transition as a way to clean out my list, so now mine is much smaller and I find that I get to read so much more because it’s not so scary to look at thousands of unread posts!