I have added over 200 feeds to my Google Reader, and guess what? I barely have the time to read through all the content. Been there before? There are tons of good stories out there, and having taken the first step to get the stories to my Inbox as they happen, I have neglected to follow through by reading them as they arrive in my Inbox. The trouble is, Google Reader just does not make it any easier to access all my feeds in a more user-friendly manner. That’s where Feedly comes in. The web app works in conjunction with Google Reader and allows you to get all your RSS feeds in one page in a magazine-style layout. The web app available as a browser extension as well as in theApp Store and the Android Market.
Feedly: Get All Your RSS Feeds in One Page
Feedly is available as a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. On installation, you need to give the web app access to your Google reader by signing in with your Google credentials. Feedly immediately aggregates your RSS feeds and delivers in on your web browser in a visually appealing format.
The left pane displays navigation links to the latest stories, feed categories, history, shared content, bookmarked items and more.
The top-middle section of the screen displays the Cover stories, and What’s new in toggle view.
The top-right section displays the featured teasers and sources.
The bottom of the page displays headlines from the other categories in your feed.
You can customize the entire page by clicking the Preferences link at the top-right corner of the screen. Customization involves creating new categories, moving feeds from one category to another, and adding or deleting feeds and more. The drag and drop functionality makes it easy to prioritize feeds you like to read. Depending on the preferences you set, you can organize the manner in which you view your feed.
Feedly also provides a host of other features which include sharing stories on Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Linkedin, Delicious, Tumblr, and Pinboard; accessing your Facebook and Twitter feeds, adding Facebook comments, checking out Flickr and YouTube galleries, marking items as read, and more.
You can also install the mini toolbar, which is a tiny Feedly button which sits at the bottom right corner of the screen, and lets you add new feeds, share, and perform other tasks.
It takes only about 5-10 minutes to install Feedly on your browser and set your preferences. The result is pretty awesome. Feedly saves valuable time as you can get a glimpse of all the stories in one place and is definitely worth installing not just on your web browser, but also on your mobile app.
Feedly for Android
Feedly for Android has a neat clean interface that displays text and images in a list format which makes for easy viewing. There’s no scroll down action, which is great and you can turn through the pages by swiping to the left or right. You can sync with Google Reader also to get your daily RSS feeds on your mobile app.
The Preferences section has numerous options to set the theme and text size, use URL shortner bit.ly services for your tweets, save articles to Instapaper and Read it Later and more.
All feed categories are displayed in an Essentials section and you can jump from one category to another by tapping the Key icon at the top of the screen. Within each article, you have icons (at the top of the screen) that make it easy to like, read later, tweet, and share stories. There are also cool shortcuts such as tapping on the right edge of any article to mark a story as read.
Here’s a promotional video for Android RSS Reader Feedly in the Android Market that you might want to see!
Feedly for Android is a useful app if you love reading all your RSS feeds while on the go. There are no unwanted ads or distractions, just plain news stories and feeds delivered to you for free.
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What’s your take on Feedly? Do you use other news readers on your browser or mobile app? Let us know in the comments section.