I loved Google Reader, and I was surprised and saddened when Google announced they would shut it down. I love readings blogs and have a number of different blog topics that interest me, but am not the sort to browse around the internet all that much. RSS strikes me as an indispensable, powerful aspect of the web. People who think blogging is dead clearly don’t use the internet the same way I do.
After the shutdown announcement, I tried quite a few replacements. Most of the them irritated me with the prevalence of “discovery” features. Call me a stick in the mud, but I open my feed reader to read content I know I’m going to enjoy, not to hunt for new stuff.
Like many people, I migrated to feedly. But I didn’t love it at first. I missed the icon on my phone that told me how many articles I had to read at any given moment. I missed the way I could glance at one screen and decide to read one thing or read everything. Google would know what I’d read, and update all my feeds accordingly. Maybe I’m missing something, but when I dismiss a feedly article on my phone, it stays in my list. I have to clear the whole list to look for new articles.
In the last few months I’ve gotten used to feedly. Some things are a definitive step up. The UI is clean and slick, and the typography is so much better it still startles me sometimes. It embeds images more gracefully, makes sharing easier, and allows you to save things for later. I’m still not 100% in love with it, but the folks at feedly have risen to the challenge and are busy rolling out new features and a more robust service. I’m no longer feeling like Google Reader’s shutdown is going to imperil my way of using the internet. But I don’t use the phone app much. I’ve reverted to doing most of my feed reading on the computer.
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