Considering Feedly as a Google Reader replacement? Here’s our opinion.
March 15, 2013 | 8:48 pm
By Juli Monroe
I was finally able to register with Feedly last night to give it a try. Most of the day they’d been down, but they added server capacity and were running well later in the evening.
So far, I think it’ll work for me. Setting up the account was easy. I signed in with my Google account, and they imported all my feeds. They have assured users that the transition will be seamless in July. If they achieve seamless, I’ll be impressed. Tech doesn’t always work that way. If they manage “not too painful” for the first day or two, I’ll be satisfied.
It’s not Google Reader. I’m not crazy about the color scheme, but the Title view is just about as clean as Google Reader.
One thing I do like is the number of shares (the little green number to the left of the title). That gives me an idea of the popularity of a post, which is sometimes useful information that Google Reader didn’t give me (or I didn’t notice).
Nate over at The Digital Reader says it’s not a good solution for the power news reader, but I have less than 20 feeds right now (I did a major clean-up before I transitioned), and so far I think I can live with it. I’m not sure he discovered the Title view. If he’d only been using Card view, I’d completely agree with him. If anyone else with triple digit feeds has tried it, I’d appreciate you sharing your experience in the comments. I’ll be adding feeds as I use it, but I don’t think I’ll ever have more than 50 or so.
It is easy to categorize your feeds. I’m sure Google Reader did that as well, but I never bothered. Feedly actually prompted me to do it and made it easy.
Pocket and Instapaper integration is sub-standard. I’ve gotten an error message every time I’ve tried to share to Pocket, and the Instapaper link works but isn’t seamless. If you rely on either of those services, you’ll need to click through to the complete article and share from there. Annoying.
I’ve tried both the Android and iOS apps, and I kind of like them. There’s no Title view, so you’re stuck with a Flipboard-style view, which is terrible for scanning lots of articles at once. However, I generally scan on my computer and read on the tablet, so I can live with it. I was never crazy about Google Reader on my tablet, so for my tastes, I think Feedly is an improvement. Pocket integration on the Android version is excellent, and, as far as I can tell, non-existent on the iOS version. Be warned.
Any questions? Anything you’d like me to try and report back on? Happy to oblige!