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.
- I 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!