HARRISBURG, Pa., April 23, 2013 – I’ve used Google Reader daily for the past few years to keep up-to-date on news and my favorite websites. I’ve spent a lot of time organizing my folders and currently am subscribed to hundreds of RSS feeds. So you can imagine how disappointed (and annoyed) I was when Google announced that Reader would no longer be available as of July 1, 2013.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one upset. There was a huge Twitter uproar after the announcement, and many subsequent angry blog posts that followed Google’s announcement. It was during this pushback that I discovered Feedly: a beautiful RSS reader that seamlessly integrates with existing Google Reader accounts. And believe it or not, Feedly looks equally amazing on iOS, Android, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
July is fast approaching, so if you’re a Google Reader user, now is the time to make the transition. Here’s a quick rundown on how to set up and configure Feedly to improve your news consumption experience.
Making the Switch
Feedly has made the transition process from Google Reader incredibly easy. For desktop computers, visit www.feedly.com to download the appropriate extension for your browser. If you want to install Feedly on your mobile or tablet, download it free from your Apple iOS or Android app store.
Once you have Feedly installed, sign in with the same email and password you use for Google Reader. Your Google Reader data, including categories and feeds, will then automatically sync into Feedly using their Normandy server.
For example, if you had the RSS Feed for BlogKick saved in a Tech Blogs category in Google Reader, that information and data would automatically transfer to Feedly.
Customizing Your View
On the desktop version of Feedly, you can customize your view with several different options:
Titles – a text only view for quick browsing
Magazine –this view features small thumbnails, headlines and a few sentences from the beginning of the article
Timeline –organizes articles within a category by date posted
Cards – a more visual experience with large images, headlines and a short introduction
Full Articles – imports full articles for a scrollable view on one page
Feedly’s “save for later” and “tagging” functions will help keep you organized:
Save for Later – hover over an article and click the bookmark icon
Tagging – use the +tag function to organize articles based on topics
If you’re unfamiliar with tagging, tags make filing and classifying objects on the web much easier. If an article is tagged with a phrase, it will be stored with other articles that also have the identical tag.
For example, if you’re a higher education professional, you might create tags like “technology education,” “resident life,” “greek life,” “criminal justice associate degree” and “liberal arts.” Tagging articles with these phrases will allow you to easily retrieve all articles using a specific tag.
Feedly is also customizable on mobile and tablet devices. Depending on your operating system, options include:
Themes – change the appearance of your app
Font – change the font of articles and headlines
Sharing – set a default tag line for articles shared on Twitter
Pocket – replace Feedly’s “save for later” with Pocket using your user ID and password
With its easy set-up and customization process, Feedly is an excellent and user-friendly alternative to the dying Google Reader. They’re also committed to improving the platform with frequent updates like Pinterest integration and Google+ sharing in full article view.
Are you a Google Reader user? Do you plan to make the switch to Feedly or another RSS feed reader?
If you have any questions about Google Reader or Feedly, don’t hesitate to leave comment!
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