I am a big fan of feed aggregators. You not only get to read what is going on the big, bad world from all your preferred sources, but you end up reading more and reading the stuff that matters. You save a lot more time in the process, and focus on what you really want to read, rather than winnowing. The art of reading through aggregators is a good addiction indeed.
But, there are a lot of feed readers out there, how exactly does one choose one? To qualify that, let us check out the expectation from feed readers/aggregators:
- Easy to add new content. Ability to add any website
- Ability to catch content changes rather than show up all the data from the site
- Support multiple devices and platforms. You should have the freedom to read 10 articles on your tablet and go back to desktop to find that you indeed have read those 10 articles
- Filter, categorize content. I like to catch up on web programming every week, but Salesforce matters can only wait for hours at most
Feed readers come in various shapes and forms. Starting from TheOldReader, FeedReader and the ability to aggregate/read feeds from the browser, through Flipboard, which takes a magazine-like approach to show content, there is a reader out there that is perfect for everyone.
The reader of choice for me is .. tada.. Feedly (no surprises, the title says it all).
Feedly is just beautiful. It enables all the functions of a good aggregator and remains in the background, and not intervene with the reading experience. You get to:
- Add content, categorize content under headers
- Share content with friends or to mark content that has to be researched into
- View content and mark them read across devices
- Browse through and consume thousands of articles (yes, it’s a thing)
Feedly started as a phone/tablet reader, but now enables the desktop experience through the website. At the time of demise of Google Reader (I am a former fan), Feedly rightly snatched the opportunity to expand into newer spaces. And boy, has it worked.
- Feedly enables you to add new feeds by directly adding websites or by using the tags that others have used. You end up discovering more interesting sites in this way
- Save articles for reading later – either in Feedly itself or using Pocket, Instapaper, or Evernote
- Share articles on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. You can also define your own custom sharing options in the Pro version
- Choose to read in magazine, list of grid format
- Choose your device and platform. Use the same app on Android, iOS, Windows and more
- No ‘in your face’ ads about the pro version and how it can save the world
Feedly is the gateway to reach the right info at the right time. Start with Feedly (it’s free), add all your websites, and never look back.