Yesterday, the terrible news spread like a forest fire over the internet: Google Reader is closing down on July 1! You could almost hear the desperate cries from millions of blog readers all over the planet. What now? How could we keep up with our favorite blogs without Google Reader?
Being me, I instantly took up extensive (re)search for a replacement. Took several services out for a test spin. None of them pleased me.
Bloglovin' seemed to be a strong candidate at first, and I know that many have this service as their first choice. But I wasn't lovin' it (teeheeh). Bloglovin' is not flexible enough for me and the iPhone app is far too simple without many options for presentation and categorizing.
Reeder for Apple devices looked good but turned out to be nothing but a fancy viewer of your Google Reader feed. I guess those guys will have plenty to work on during the next couple of months. lol! I found an interesting and simple service called The Old Reader but it didn't have any mobile apps. NewsBlur quickly suspended the free service and is currently only a paid service.
Finally, today, I found my new RSS reader service: Feedly! This is why I love it:
1) I love how the migration already is done as soon as I log in with my Google account! I don't have to do anything. They have this 'Normandy' system at their back-end that is migrating my Google Reader feed seamlessly so on July 1 when GR closes, my blog list including the groups/categories will be safely kept by Feedly.
2) I love the look and feel. The user interface is very similar to Google Reader, so it's easy to understand and use, but with a lot of extra bells and whistles like 'magazine view' just like Flipboard. There are 5 different views to choose from! I love that!
3) I can easily share the blog posts I love to my friends on Twitter, Facebook etc.
4) I can access Feedly on my iPhone and iPad (they also have an Android app) and the app looks fabulous! Love the design! And that my different blog categories/groups are presented and accessible in the colorful menu. Wonderful!
5) I am super impressed by how they handled the enormous flood of 'immigrants':
- While other services have quickly changed to paid premium accounts and suspended the free options to avoid too many new members slowing down their service, Feedly immediately increased their server capacity and bandwidth tenfold.
- They are actively listening and talking to their new users at the forum and will release new features weekly.
- They have a clear and honest communication on their blog, keeping everyone up to speed on what's happening.
- They are keeping the service as free.
- I feel very welcomed there.
In short, it was love at first sight! <3
You can find Feedly here!