Feedly – what’s there not to like?

I’m a big Google fan, I’m not going to deny it, and I rely heavily on many of its products. One of them used to be the now defunct Google Reader, a website aggregator where you could bring the latest content of all your favourite websites into one single place. But as much as I liked the idea and the convenience of it, Google Reader had the most awful and uninspiring interface! It wasn’t the most user friendly tool and as my list of websites got longer, it became more difficult to manage. My enthusiasm didn’t last long and soon I gave up.

I heard of Feedly shortly afterwards, when it was still only a Firefox add-on. I loved the clean and smart-looking interface, but the lack of browser compatibility and problems to sync across computers didn’t work for me. Luckily, in 2013 Feedly finally became a cloud-based service that works with all browsers and mobile devices. Its popularity skyrocketed in the same year after Google announced the closure of Google Reader, gaining over 500,000 new users in less than 48 hours. By August 2013, Feedly users were up to 12 million.

With its clean and minimalist design, which I like, it’s also very easy to use. Feeds can be organised into folders or categories, and you can share with many other social media platforms – e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Hootsuite, Evernote, etc. – from right within Feedly. There’s a mobile app, which I understand is brilliant, and being a cloud-based service Feedly syncs across devices. Adding websites is just as easy as doing a copy-and-paste of the url, or you can subscribe to the sites suggested by Feedly. What’s there not to like? Free, easy to use, nice-looking and convenient.

I currently use Feedly for both personal and professional content. At CJBSInfoLib we curate a very comprehensive Feedly list that includes all kinds of business, libraries, university and technology news, that we use to find content for our other social media channels. Personally, I have a similar list, plus a few other blogs that I follow on parenting, cooking, home-deco, and basically any other interesting website I find online.

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Library Assistant at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

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