In a week’s time, Google Reader will be gone. I started looking out for alternatives almost straightaway, and tried both Feedly and Newsblur for a while.
Eventually, I settled on Feedly, as it still worked closely with Google Reader and meant that I could carry on using Reeder, which I prefer to Feedly’s own iOS app. Last week, with the shutdown of Google Reader looming, Feedly moved all of its users to its own systems. It’s still using Google for login purposes, but feed items are delivered from its own backend systems.
Pleasingly the folks at Feedly have decided to make an API available, and so there will be third-party applications available. There’s already an IFTTT channel, which is more powerful than the old Google Reader channel (more triggers and actions). And Reeder will support it, although not yet. In the meantime I’m using Feedly’s own iOS app on my iPhone, which is okay. Sadly it crashes a lot on my iPad, which is probably more to do with the age of the iPad and its limited RAM rather than poor programming.
Feedly have also alleviated one of its main criticisms by offering a pure web-based version. The Firefox, Safari and Chrome extensions are still around but it means that people using Internet Explorer and Opera are not left out, or those on work computers where extension installation may have been locked down.
The move over has been mostly smooth; it remembered all of my subscriptions, but unfortunately not my unread items. Thankfully I wasn’t far off 0 unread items in Google Reader at the time, so I just read those and then marked everything as read in Feedly to reset it.
All in all, I’m reasonably happy with Feedly. When I logged into Google Reader for the last time, to read those last few unread items, it made me realise how much nicer Feedly looks in comparison. Hopefully Feedly and I will have a long and happy future together.