Sunday, March 17, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader, Hello Feedly

As I read that Google Reader will be closed in Google's current spring cleaning, I was shocked. I have used Google Reader for several years now to keep track of my favourite websites.

Just a few weeks ago, I discovered Feedly, a very good designed RSS reader. I use the iOS version on the iPhone, the Android version on the HTC Flyer and the web version from the Chrome Web Store. The slogan of the tool is "Re-imagine how people keep in touch with their favorite sites" and this totally nails it. It has a very clear UI and reading news on one of their several apps really pleases me.

On a current blog post, Feedly promises that transition from GoogleReader to their tool will go seamlessly and that Feedly is also "working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API". They even posted some tips for people migrating from GoogleReader to Feedly.

All in all, the Google Reader was not enhanced for a long time and even some of the "social" features were removed in 2011. The end of the GoogleReader will bring some movement in the news reader market. There are some possible competitors out there, but  there are several reasons to go with Feedly.

Update on 2013-03-18:
Feedly has 500.000 new users.

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