For all the Readers

I was mildly devastated when I heard Google Reader was shutting down. One, because it meant there were obviously not enough takers for a fantastic tool like it and two, because although I had fully migrated to Feedly about a year ago, my RSS feeds were all routed through Google Reader. A few days of silent panic ensued. The OCD sorting creep inside of me went temporarily bonkers, wondering how I would possibly manually re-enter all 140+ blogs into a Feedly. Then as usual sour grapes swept over me, and I thought of this as a good time to carry out a much-needed weeding out of blogs that just sit in my reader, but are seldom ever opened or read hungrily, as I do so many others. But then Feedly did something awesome that further reinforced my happiness with it.

I’m always recommending Feedly to all and sundry. And now that the Google Reader phase-out is less than a week away, it seems a good time to tell you why I love Feedly so much, and why you should maybe try it too

It’s convenient
So the awesome thing that happened is that Feedly automatically migrated all my Google Reader feeds to its own server, when they got news of the shut-down. If you are already a Feedly user, you have no reason to worry, all your links will remain intact. But if you are still using Google Reader (or any other such tool) now is a good time to migrate to Feedly.

It’s beautiful
I don’t know about you, but apps with good design get me. I’ve been known to buy apps that I don’t really have a pressing need for, only because they are pretty. Feedly is big, bold, with clean, green squares and intelligent iconography.

It’s intelligent
Feedly remembers things like most recently read articles, gives you the option to mark things read/unread and the sorting options make my OCD heart skip a few beats every now and then.

It’s free
Most good things in life are not free. So I suggest you give Feedly a try before it goes and gets bought over by some money-hungry corporate who decides to put a price tag on it.

It’s the best reader around!
I loved Google Reader. It helped follow, track, subscribe and also read on the go. With the right app on my phone, I almost never logged into the specific sites I followed, unless I decided to leave a comment. But Feedly was like Google Reader, but prettier, smarter and easier. Their Mobile App is awesome too (they’re on Android and iOS).

Google Reader is officially going to die in less than a week from today. So if you haven’t already shifted, go get Feedly. Naaoow.

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10 Replies to “For all the Readers”

  1. This – ‘I don’t know about you, but apps with good design get me. I’ve been known to buy apps that I don’t really have a pressing need for, only because they are pretty’ and this – ‘Feedly remembers things like most recently read articles, gives you the option to mark things read/unread and the sorting options make my OCD heart skip a few beats every now and then’ – my two reasons for loving Feedly. It’s pretty awesome, no?

    1. It is. Except for the times when it rains heavily and it refuses to load here. But that could just be my goan bandwidth..
      And *ahem* you are back on the comments race with a vengeance no?

  2. I use the built in reader of wordpress. Have been using it for some time now, and didn’t use Google reader so I cannot appreciate the pain you all are feeling. However maybe if people make enough noise, I hope Google brings it back for you

    1. I have actually shifted from Google to Feedly a long time ago, even before news of GR shutting down came around. So not so much pain here, I was just worried about my RSS feeds, which Feedly took care off efficiently :P
      Isnt the WP reader only for WP blogs? HOw about those that are on blogger? Feedly also lets me track my favourite magazines and newspapers..

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