Along with many other bloggers, I was disappointed when Google announced the end of their Google Reader service. I have used Google Reader for years to keep up with church and technology news from around the internet. So, I decided to check out Google Reader alternatives. Almost every article I read pointed me to a service called Feedly. I’ve been using it for the past week and I love it, so I wanted to share about how you can make the switch.
First, read their blog post about how to migrate to Feedly. Second, sign up for their service. It will automatically import your Google Reader Subscriptions. And finally, you can switch to the Titles View if you want it to appear more like Google Reader. Feedly also has great mobile apps for your phone or iPad. The best part is that Feedly will continue working after Google shuts down Google Reader.
After a week of using it, I can honestly say that I like it better than Google Reader. Sometimes, it takes a surprise to move us out of a rut and try something new. That’s true in technology and in faith. Feedly is fast, and their iPhone and iPad apps work great. The ability to quickly swipe through posts is a real time saver. Their user-interface is also clean, sleek, and contemporary.
If you want to stay connected to FaithEngineer and you aren’t currently using Google Reader, you can subscribe to my RSS Feed using Feedly or you can even subscribe to my posts by Email.
I really don’t like how Feedly keeps getting suggested at a Google Reader replacement. The problem arises in 1) Feedly defines how you read the feeds (no universal listing, only an all feeds list). 2) Feedly is currently fast because it uses Google Reader as it’s backend. and 3) No web app.
I see how people like it, but for serious feed readers, Feedly contributes to the noise as opposed to cleans it up and make it easy to quickly scan like Reader did. It isn’t a replacement, and honestly I think we won’t get a good one until after Reader is completely gone. I’m looking at setting up my own in the interim, but that’s got plenty of challenges as well.
I have to disagree on a few points after using it for a week. 1) Feedly has an organize feature that allows you to setup categories. It is quick to setup and I have been able to organize my feeds better than in Reader. 2) You’re right on this. No idea how fast it will be using their infrastructure. 3) Feedly works great on the web, including keyboard shortcuts. However, it is only available as an app for the Chrome browser.
I have over 100 feeds that I follow, and I still standby my view that it works great. I had tried it about six months ago and didn’t like it, but the recent updates have made it much better. Thanks for your input.