Like many of you the death of Google Reader came as somewhat of a surprise this week, resulting in a mad scramble to hunt down a comprable replacement. In my case, I went with Feedly to replace Google Reader and in this post I’d like to talk about why I think it’s the best option available.
Feedly Provides a Seamless Transition
After Google announced in a blog post that their beloved RSS reader would be discontinued, many (including myself), had a collective “oh crap” moment. The first thing that went through my mind was how integral Google Reader had become to my workflow as a blogger.
In order to keep tabs on and write about the various subjects that I make a living blogging about, I must have a good RSS reader. There is literally no better way of sifting through that much content – literally hundreds of websites daily. So you can imagine my relief when I came across this update on the Feedly blog, a reader I’d used and enjoyed in the past.
Google announced today that they will be shutting down Google Reader. This is something we have been expecting for some time: We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.
Thank. You. Feedly.
This seamless transition is the first of several reasons I believe Feedly is the best option for anyone being forced to leave Google Reader behind. If you start using Feedly now it will automatically sync up with your Google reader and when the time comes there is no exporting, no hassle, and you can simply go on about your day. Pure awesomeness.
But what else makes Feedly a good choice?
Simple & Beautiful Design
Since its creation Feedly has always been a sleek magazine style alternative to the some-what boring and technical design Google Reader (and other readers for that matter) had adopted.
As you can see there is a simple yet beautiful balance to the page much more akin to a personalized magazine than anything else. The left side navigation helps you quickly browse through your various feed categories, saved stories, new daily items, history and index. While the main layout with post thumbnails and excerpts helps you quickly browse individual posts.
You can even change the background color for a bit of personalization in the themes section.
Excellent Social & Evernote Integration
When a post is opened it is displayed in a neat little box that allows for quick sharing to all of the most popular social networks, scheduling with buffer, email and a personal favorite of mine Evernote.
And of course if (or rather when) you want to view the full post you can open it using the preview option, which takes you to the full article without leaving Feedly.
Apps for All Your Devices & Platforms
Last but not least, thanks to their concentration on cross platform apps, Feedly syncs across all of your devices from desktop to tablet to phone on either iOS or Android devices.
What’s Your Verdict?
Do you agree with me that Feedly is the best option now that Google Reader is dead? If not, which RSS reader are you going with and why?
Nathan B Weller