I am sad to say that Google Reader is dead. Feedly hopes to be the tool you transition to. It provides a productive way to organize, read and share the content of your favorite feeds, blogs and news sites. Feedly offers a seamless transition from Google Reader.
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Is Feedly worth your time? As a new type of article for Firefox Facts, I thought I would weigh in on both the pros and the cons of this add-on and give you my final thoughts on if it is a keeper or not. Mind you – I am a very picky man.
If you believe the front page of Feedly.com, even Leo Laporte tweets, “My new favorite Firefox extension (and home page): Feedly.”. I have heard about Feedly for a while now (from several sources), so I figured it was time I gave it a shot. You can pick up the add-on for Firefox via the official Feedly web site or the Firefox Add-ons web site as well.
The Install of Feedly
The toolbar icon for it is automatically placed in your navigation toolbar, so I give it a click and it already has me signed in and has found my Google Reader account. That is pretty cool. Under social connections, it is asking me if I want to import Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Twitter or Friend Feed. I handed it Twitter, then watched it work. Ok, think this thing is up and running!
The Pros of Feedly
- I like the fact it works with Google Reader and Twitter (the only two I tried) right off the bat, with no problems at all.
The Cons of Feedly
- The ad box on the right of the web page layout is HUGE! (conveniently not shown in front page screenshot above). Here is the huge ad in question. You can click it to get the actual ad dimensions:
- The toolbar icon is ugly and has rough edges
- I had to resize my browser to larger than 1024×768 to see the page correctly (without a horizontal scroll bar). Should be a more flexible layout.
Final Thoughts on Feedly
I have to say, after spending a little ‘bit of time with Feedly, I just don’t get it. Why do I need a Firefox extension for this? Couldn’t they do it all as just a web site that imports things I plug into it? Now I understand all the social aspects, but it just does not tickle my fancy.
Agree or disagree? Let me know what you like about Feedly and maybe you might win me over.