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Feedly aiming not only to be a Google Reader replacement, but to pick up where Google left off and make RSS better

In exactly four weeks (July 1) Google Reader will be officially dead, and Feedly is showing that they are determined to not only fill the void left behind, but to own the space. They're looking to pick up where Google left off, and using their user-voice site where users like you and me can express feedback, give ideas and get our questions answered they're doing it the right way.

Today they have announced their short term roadmap, filled with things that they say will be ready before Google Reader goes offline. Things like an online presence that doesn't require an extension or browser add-on, faster service from a new army of servers they've picked up, support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone and more. All excellent changes which will help everyone during the transition from Reader to Feedly. But what really caught our eye was their announcement of new partners.

Part of what made Reader so nice, especially on mobile, was that there were so many great apps to get to your content. Feedly plans to create the same ecosystem, and their free API will allow developers big and small to get on board. They've already been working "behind the scenes" with a list of partners: the developers of Reeder,Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader. 

If anything, Google Reader showed us that sometimes, someone besides Google does it better. We're excited to see Feedly following the same path, as well as the way they are listening to users about future features and changes. And of course, we're relieved that the news will continue to flow as well or better than it always did with an exciting new service. 

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Reader comments

Feedly bringing search, better speed and new partners before Google Reader officially dies


At first I didn't like Feedly because it tries to be too fancy. Luckily, they've been adding features to make it mimic Reader better, which is what I like. My one complaint, and I don't know if it's always been true or just during these times of migrating users from Reader, is that their customer service is non-existent at the moment (at least to free users). I've tried to contact them at least three times regarding at least two different issues I was having and haven't received a single response.

I've switched to Feedly, and have been mostly happy with it. The one thing I miss from Google Reader, and granted it broke as soon as they attached it to Google+ so I've been a long time without, is Magic sorting. That was one of my best ways to keep on top of a wide variety of current news from my feeds without having to either specifically go after a certain category, or focus only on the newest or oldest.

There are two reasons why I look more at the other competitors.

1) What's the business model of Feedly?
2) Since months! users ask for an export function on feedly and it still doesn't exist. This can't be so hard, so I guess that Feedly doesn't want to let users go if they want to.

Press will also support Fever, Feedbin and Feed Wrangler soon. Personally I'm really curious about Feed Wrangler, because it not "just" tries to copy the old Google Reader. Features like the ability to mark all articles of a specific topic as read are really nice and new. I like their approach.

Is there any way for Press to default a mobilizer for article viewing? I know it supports instapaper, but I don't know if or how you can make that the default viewing mode.

Hi Leif.

I am one of the co-founders of feedly. Both of these are valid concerns, let me try to address them.

1) The business model we are working on is similar to Evernote: the existing product (and the access to the API) will remain free. Over time, we will take some of the more advanced feature users are asking for and bundle them into a premium version.

2) We definitely believe in open. This is one of the reasons we are offering the API. The only reason we have not prioritized OPML over everything else is that we currently offer 2-way sync with Google Reader and GR offers OPML. We will bump OPML export and import as soon as Google Reader is retired.

Fever, Feedbin, Feed Wrangler, Newsblur and BlogLovin are all great products and we are going to need everyone's magic to offer an open alternative.

Trying to sign up/connect to my Google Reader account so that I can see what feedly is all about, but I keep getting
"Unauthorized request.
Error 400"

Hi Edwin,

I was wondering if you could answer this question:
I have a Feedly account and the only annoyance is that it does not import all my starred items from Google Reader. The limit is 250 as far as I have read.

I would start using Feedly right now if the cap on starred items was lifted and that I could import all those as saved items in Feedly.

Still sticking with Google Reader for the time being.


I tried Feedly, and tried to stick with it, but I've been far happier with NewsBlur. It does everything I need in a simple, easy to use interface that makes me feel like I'm just using Reader with a much nicer interface.

I chose feedly for my RSS. I love the interface, and since I use Chrome, I can use it on the desktop and Android just the way I used to do with Reader.
The only thing I dont really like is that feedly is buggy sometimes and will sign me out and I will have re-log, but I see this less and less often.
Thumbs up for their API!