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Feedly is a Great App for Reading RSS Feeds

For the last few weeks I’ve been Tweeting about how much I like using Feedly to read my RSS feeds so it’s time that I elaborate on what I like about it.

Feedly takes your RSS feeds and turns them into an easy-to-read magazine-like format. You can sync your Google Reader account to Feedly and it will retain all of the categories that you may have created in Google Reader. You can also sync Feedly to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Read It Later, and Instapaper.

For a long time I was content reading all of my RSS feeds in Google Reader. But when I got my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I started looking for a more visually-appealing way to read my feeds. What I’ve found since I started using Feedly is that I move through my feeds much faster than I do when reading in Google Reader. I’m not sure exactly why this is, but my hunch is that I move through my feeds quicker because I see at least six headlines at a time on every Feedly page instead of one or two in the linear Google Reader display. Just like in Google Reader I have the option to “mark as read” an individual feed or an entire group of  feeds.

The video below offers a quick overview of reading in Feedly. 

Sharing from Feedly is very easy. When I’m reading an article I have the option to send it to Twitter, to Evernote, to Facebook, to Posterous, and many other popular social media services. To share and or save an article just click the icons at the top of the page. 

Feedly is available as an Android app, as an iPad app, as a Google Chrome Web App, as a Firefox extension, and as a Safari extension. 

The video below outlines nine ways to personalize Feedly. 

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  • David Jones

    What is the difference between Google’s new Currents and Freedly?

    • Anonymous

      Good question. The biggest differences that I’ve seen are in the sharing options, the syncing with your RSS feeds, and actual viewing of pages. I was able to import all of my feeds to Feedly with one click. In Google Currents I had to import each one manually and sort through all of Google’s “preferred publishers.” Feedly allows me to share with just a click to all of my favorite social services not just Google+. ReadWriteWeb had a good article about this a couple of weeks ago. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_currents_is_to_social_media_as_justin_biebe.php

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