…Now that Google Reader is almost dead. As you probably know Google announced last month that they’re officially shutting down its popular RSS reader, Google Reader, on July 1st, 2013. My reaction was almost the same as Hitler’s reaction.
But now I no longer care about Google Reader and in fact I don’t want Google to bring back their Google Reader as Feedly is just too awesome. Feedly is the biggest winner with Google Reader’s death as over 3 million new users have joined Feedly ever since the announcement of Google Reader’s death.
Feedly was not a perfect alternative to Google Reader but then guys at Feedly did a great job after Google Reader’s retirement news. And with one of its recent update the Feedly even mimics Google Reader in terms of appearance as they added a "Title Only View".
Now the only problem with Feedly is that you need a browser extension to access the web version and it’s available for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari. You can’t access Feedly simply by going to their website like we access Google Reader.
10 Reasons Why I Love Feedly More Than Google Reader
1. Feedly’s interface is (now) much more richer than that of Google Reader.
2. Google Reader offers only two views namely Title View and Expanded View. But Feedly offers 4 views namely Title Only View, Magazine View, Cards View, and Full Article View. What’s interesting is that you can set a “Default View” and then a different view for each folder/category you’re adding.
3. And with "Themes", you can personalize your Feedly with your favorite color (as you can see my Feedly looks blue-ish).
4. If you’re too busy to read your daily feeds then Feedly’s "Today" section is just for you. It automatically shows the most popular content based on their Social Media popularity.
5. Now if you want to read the most popular content from a specific website or category then you can switch to magazine view so that Feedly will show the most popular articles based on their social media popularity at the top as “Featured”.
6. There’s a giant "Giant Mark As Read" button at the bottom of each list so that you can mark all the content as "read" and I love it (of course you can turn it off if you don’t like it).
7. Feedly can auto-mark content as read as you scroll. Though I have disabled this feature you may still like it.
8. You can customize the font of heading and the color of links in preferences. As you can see I chose black so as to get a Google Reader like experience.
9. Feedly is social. You can share the content to Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Buffer, Pocket, etc. in just one-click.
10. Feedly is mobile too and is available for both iOS and Android which is more powerful than Feedly web.
And now the only turn off I see on Feedly is the lack of “Search”. Google Reader’s search is powerful but I don’t care it as I rarely used the search feature of Google Reader.