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Google Reader was the gold-standard RSS reader app for over a decade—that is, until Google abruptly discontinued the service in 2013. In the ensuing search for the next best RSS reader, Feedly—a news app that'd been around since 2008—quickly became one of the most popular ways to subscribe to your favorite sites.
Feedly is designed to help you build a personalized newsfeed from your favorite sites and topics. Everything from your favorite blogs to popular news sites to YouTube channels and Craigslist category pages all include RSS feeds that are updated each time something new is published. You can subscribe to these in Feedly by entering the site's link in Feedly, searching for the site by name, or using Feedly's browser extensions to find feeds on sites you're visiting. If you’re trying to find new content, you can search for Feedly's database for websites that cover a certain topic, using a hashtag. Or, you can try out one of Feedly’s curated starter kits, which include popular sites organized into sets by topic.
As you subscribe to new sites, you’ll also be able to add them to “collections,” which are essentially folders that can hold similar types of content. Feedly will recommend a collection based on the site’s topic, but you can customize it as you like. You can also mark a specific subscription as “Must Read,” which will pull it out into a separate feed towards the top of your menu bar.
Feedly makes it easy to catch up on the latest news, videos and more with a customizable interface that works like you want. Love graphics? You may like the “Cards” view, which displays a large format image for each article with very little text. Enjoy reading? Feedly's “Full Article” view might be better for you, with the full text of each article right on the dashboard. If you’re somewhere in-between, the Magazine view will work for you—it displays the featured image with a snippet of text in a magazine style layout.
Feedly offers a distraction-free reading experience—it strips out all the sidebars and ads from websites, leaving just the text, graphics and video in a simple interface. Under preferences, you can customize Feedly with several typefaces, font sizes, and display densities to make the reading experience exactly what you like. You’ll also want to review the “Mark as Read” options, which give you control of when an article is marked as read based on your workflow.
When reading your content, you can add tags or use the “save for later” feature if you want to come back to an article or video at another time—a great way to look through your headlines in the morning, then read the best stuff during your commute. If you'd rather read articles in another app, a Feedly Pro subscription lets you save articles to Evernote, Dropbox, Pocket, and other read later and bookmarking apps—and also lets you share articles via Buffer and other social network tools.
The Pro version also unlocks search, so you can easily go back through your subscriptions and find articles you've read in the past. It also allows you to create public collections to share your favorite sites and articles with other Feedly users. The Team version takes that further, with tools to curate and share content with your team and keep up with Google News right within Feedly—a great way to manage a news room or keep tabs on industry updates in your company.
Reading articles online in Feedly is a great option for getting the latest news from anywhere, but if you'd like to read on the go, Feedly also has a native Mac, iOS, and Android app. There's also a wide range of third-party integrations and apps, so you can read your articles and share their content wherever you'd like.
Feedly is a great tool for following your favorite websites, and making sure you're up-to-date on your favorite interests even if you aren't sure which sites to check. It saves you time and effort by aggregating the best articles and videos into one place, so you don’t need to go all over the internet to stay informed and find something great to read.