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The news that Google Reader is to be closed down for good later this year has hit a lot of us really hard. For many it's the go-to way of getting their daily news fix, and for others -- including everyone on staff here -- it's an integral tool to help us get through the working day. There will be alternatives, but we will miss Google Reader. 

One such alternative is Feedly, and the team has announced a huge influx of new users. In the first 48 hours since the announcement by Google, Feedly has seen 500,000 new Google Reader users join their ranks. Not bad numbers, considering the service is supposed to be in decline. Feedly also has clients for iOS, Chrome, Safari and Firefox, so it's got a big chunk of the bases covered. The reason behind the influx is most likely the fact that Feedly is developing their own system to transition Google Reader users over seamlessly when turn off day finally arrives. 

Feedly has also announced how they're coping with the increased user base, including massively increasing their bandwidth and adding new servers. And, if you're all about function and less about fashion, the Feedly team has also written up some sweet tips on how to make it less pretty and more functional. Great stuff. 

Source: Feedly

 

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Feedly sees 500,000 new users since Google Reader closure announced

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Thanks, I've been missing this and will check it out on Monday. An extension that doesn't indicate when you have new articles (like the current Freely extension) is nothing more than a bookmark.

The developer of greader pro has already posted that he is working on a post shutdown fix to keep the app running. Very good app that supports full offline reading.

The problem is that Feedly is a poor substitute for reader, far too concerned with flashy presentation, over loaded with images and very little choice offered to the user.

Users can't read feeds in the order they want because Feedly insists on imposing its own order on them, you can't shut off the pictures, it doesn't jump from the feed to the source website and back smoothly.

In short it is indeed Chaotic as Pascalwb said above. It certainly doesn't deserve all the rush of new users. Its in need of a total makeover.

I'm hoping that their API is similar to the Google Reader API and allows those clients to seamlessly transition. There's Google Reader clients out there more concerned with efficient reading than flashy presentation.

I am still pretty bummed about the news. While I know they are trying to push everything into Google+, Google Reader was a nice stand alone product. After a brief look at Feedly, I am not too sure it is the app I would want to replace it with.

RssDemon is fantastic. Group feeds or not, put in any order you want, pics, no pics. Can important view or grid, can customize just about everything. I have never understood why it doesn't get the love compared to the other rss apps.

RssDemon is fantastic. Group feeds or not, put in any order you want, pics, no pics. Can important view or grid, can customize just about everything. I have never understood why it doesn't get the love compared to the other rss apps.

As I understand it, Google Reader is being retired and *eventually* the API. Right? Even Rss Readers that use the google reader API will need to migrate to something different right?

Wow, 500K users has to mean something to Google, right? Why would they shut it down if so many users still use it?

I've been using feedly since the day AC posted the article about Google shutting down Google reader. So far I find it to be a satisfactory replacement for Google reader. My only complaint is when I'm multitasking, freedly doesn't stay running in the background. In other words, when I return to the app it loads up as if I never opened it before. Forcing me too have to navigate to where I left off. Which defeats the purpose of multitasking. I was thinking about posting a thread about it assuming I've overlooked something I need to do to make it stay open. But considering that I do the same thing to keep other apps open for multitasking and they work as expected I'm left to assume this is a design flaw with freely for android.