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Customizable Google Reader Alternative

Published 09/04/2013 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Feedly is a Google Chrome extension news reader that helps user compile a collection of items they are actually interested in. To begin, the user must provide five websites that they read frequently. These can be found by title, URL or hash tag topic. Users can also import an OPML file if they prefer. The user can toggle views to see a list, highlight with headline, image and brief blurb or a Pinterest style series of boxes. Items can be organized and saved for later. Themes are available so the user can customize the interface with a unique color. The preference settings allow users to change the default view, add or remove a spotlight (3 most popular posts), hide read posts and display density.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Feedly has received mostly positive reviews from users. Some claim it is a better alternative to Google Reader. The application only works through Google, which may turn some users off. The many setting options have made the application even more attractive for users who like to refine their feeds, from appearance to what content shows up. Overall the application offers a straightforward way to discover content that is interesting to the user.

What are the differences to other apps?

Feedly takes a common task and streamlines it to give the user one of the best experiences possible. There are many ways to compile content on the web, but Feedly is one of the few that does it elegantly with plenty of customization options. The service lets the user change view types, add background colors and creates a list of content that is actually interesting based on the user’s settings.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Feedly offers a clean, spacious interface that doesn’t’ include any unnecessary visual elements. The user can add themes and change the layout and view options so each dashboard looks different based on individual preferences. New users should not that the application may take a little time to get used to, so plan to sit down and explore while setting up an account.

How does the registration process work?

To give Feedly a try, users can click the green “Get Started” button found at the center of the homepage. A pop up box will appear and ask the user to sign in to their Google account and give Feedly access to the items listed. After doing so, the user is automatically logged in and can begin using the application.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can create a Feedly account for free. There is no subscription or purchase required. The application does offer a Pro version which costs $5 per month or $45 per year. Paying users receive access to article search within feeds, the one click premium pocket, the ability to save to Evernote with a single click and premium level support.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Feedly is an appealing option for users who do a lot of daily web reading. The application allows the user to create a centralized location for all their favorite websites and online resources. The service is highly customizable and free with a cheap paid option for those who want all the extra frills. Those who stay free are still getting and excellent service with no limitations.

  • Create one convenient place for all feeds
  • Change theme for a more personalized experience
  • Toggle layouts including lists, highlights and Pinterest style boxes
  • Easily search for and add URLs
  • Change read and unread link colors

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FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : $5.00

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