10 new features for a smoother transition

We just released a new update of feedly for Chrome, Firefox and Safari with 10 new features. If you are using feedly on Firefox and Safari, please do a manual upgrade.

Change summary

★ Firefox upgrade from old v10 codebase to latest v14 codebase.
★ A new left selector design. Less loud – more more all caps.
★ Better read/unread contrast
★ Sort alphabetically
★ Denser, cleaner list view
★ n/p keyboard shortcuts.
★ Fast view switching
★ Faster saving.
★ Better LinkedIn integration.
★ Better recommendations.
☂ Memory optimization

Install the latest version now:

Feedly for Firefox
Feedly for Chrome
Feedly for Safari
Feedly mobile

Detailed information

Feature #1. Upgrading feedly firefox from the old v10 code base to the latest v14 codebase. Firefox users will be able to benefit from a lot of the enhancements we implemented over the last 12 months on Chrome. Going forward, we are going to release Firefox, Chrome and Safari all at the same time.

Feature #2. A new left selector design. Less loud – no more all caps. Better contrast between read and unread. New selector Feature #3. Sort alphabetically. More control over how feeds and categories are sorted on the left selector. Either drag and drop and easily re-sort alphabetically.

Feature #4. fast view switching. One of the key features of feedly is that you can easily adapt the format/layout of your feeds to different workflows. We bubbled up that feature in the UI to make easy to try different views and see which one is right for you.

Feature #5. faster saving. We improved the experience for users whose workflow is to quickly scan list views and save for later (aka star in Google Reader).

Feature #6. Denser, cleaner list view. Making the transition from the Google Reader list view to the feedly list view as seamless as possible. New list view Feature #7. n/p keyboard shortcuts. We improved support for the n(ext)/p(revious) keyboard shortcuts. Type ? in feedly to see the list of other keyboard shortcuts we support.

Feature #8. Better recommendations. We improved the feedly curation algorithm used to select the articles which are featured at the top of each page.

Feature #9. better LinkedIn integration. Special thanks to the buffer team for sprinting with us to make the feedly LinkedIn integration as seamless as possible.

LinkedIn

Feature #10. Memory optimization. No more memory leaks. No more refreshes while you are reading articles.

Thanks again for all the feedback. Please continue to be vocal and help us spread the word.

Millions of Bees

MG Siegler wrote an interesting article about the Google Reader crowd and why they are important to the web ecosystem.

“Reader’s users, while again, relatively small in number, are hugely influential in the spread of news around the web. In a sense, Reader is the flower that allows the news bees to pollinate the social web. You know all those links you click on and re-share on Twitter and Facebook? They have to first be found somewhere, by someone.”

These “bees” are curious and creative people who are selective about what and when they want to consume their information. They are designers, writers, teachers, researchers, developers, moms, students busily feeding their minds, connecting dots and sparking new conversations.

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We feel thankful that a lot of these influential bees are selecting feedly as their new flower. We believe that they are special and will be core to the feedly community going forward.

We are doing our best to add hardware, listen, release updates and make sure that their transition is as seamless as possible.

If you are a bee looking for a new flower, try feedly today and help us spread the word. Hashtag: #feedlybees

Millions of Bees

MG Siegler wrote an interesting article about the Google Reader crowd and why they are important to the web ecosystem.

“Reader’s users, while again, relatively small in number, are hugely influential in the spread of news around the web. In a sense, Reader is the flower that allows the news bees to pollinate the social web. You know all those links you click on and re-share on Twitter and Facebook? They have to first be found somewhere, by someone.”

These “bees” are curious and creative people who are selective about what and when they want to consume their information. They are designers, writers, teachers, researchers, developers, moms, students busily feeding their minds, connecting dots and sparking new conversations.

Screen Shot 2013-03-25 at 10.41.43 AM

We feel thankful that a lot of these influential bees are selecting feedly as their new flower. We believe that they are special and will be core to the feedly community going forward.

We are doing our best to add hardware, listen, release updates and make sure that their transition is as seamless as possible.

If you are a bee looking for a new flower, try feedly today and help us spread the word. Hashtag: #feedlybees

An awesome skin: list view with full width support

Amazed by people’s creativity. Thank you Lockal. Here is a user script to make feedly more useful for people who need a list view with full width.

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 11.15.31 AM

You can get this userscripts from:
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/162237

What it does:

  • Makes layout a little more compact, less free space
  • Full width of screen to display more content
  • NO MORE YELLING AT YOU CAPITALIZED TEXT EVERYWHERE
  • Grey colour title for read article when it is opened
  • Mark categories with unread articles with bold
  • Favicons are always shown
  • Some visual fixes (e. g. misplaced images and youtube videos in RSS feeds)
  • Arial Font to make webpages more responsive
  • “shift+a” marks all as read

Note:
On Feedly need to use the ‘Modern Gray’ Theme and ‘Titles’ View.

An awesome skin: list view with full width support

Amazed by people’s creativity. Thank you Lockal. Here is a user script to make feedly more useful for people who need a list view with full width.

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 11.15.31 AM

You can get this userscripts from:
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/162237

What it does:

  • Makes layout a little more compact, less free space
  • Full width of screen to display more content
  • NO MORE YELLING AT YOU CAPITALIZED TEXT EVERYWHERE
  • Grey colour title for read article when it is opened
  • Mark categories with unread articles with bold
  • Favicons are always shown
  • Some visual fixes (e. g. misplaced images and youtube videos in RSS feeds)
  • Arial Font to make webpages more responsive
  • “shift+a” marks all as read

Note:
On Feedly need to use the ‘Modern Gray’ Theme and ‘Titles’ View.

Feedly for Safari Update – 14.0.468

About 25% of the people who have been trying feedly over the last week have been Safari users. So we decided to do a sprint and improve the speed and experience.

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You can install the latest version of feedly for Safari from:
Feedly for Safari

Please leave a comment if you have trouble installing the extension or run into issues.

Note: Firefox is next.

Feedly for Safari Update – 14.0.468

About 25% of the people who have been trying feedly over the last week have been Safari users. So we decided to do a sprint and improve the speed and experience.

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 10.51.08 PM

You can install the latest version of feedly for Safari from:
Feedly for Safari

Please leave a comment if you have trouble installing the extension or run into issues.

Note: Firefox is next.

Better Title View

We just pushed out version 14.0.469 of feedly for Chrome. The key feature of this update is a better title view: more compact, better shorting and easier to scan. Here is what it looks like:

Better Title View

We would like to thank Christopher Seeds for his suggestions and mock-ups.

If you are a Firefox or Safari user, we hope to have these updates and more available for you at the end of next weeks.

As promised, we are going to continue to iterate fast so if you have suggestions, please post them to your user voice forum.

Better Title View

We just pushed out version 14.0.469 of feedly for Chrome. The key feature of this update is a better title view: more compact, better shorting and easier to scan. Here is what it looks like:

Better Title View

We would like to thank Christopher Seeds for his suggestions and mock-ups.

If you are a Firefox or Safari user, we hope to have these updates and more available for you at the end of next weeks.

As promised, we are going to continue to iterate fast so if you have suggestions, please post them to your user voice forum.

Spike problem resolved.

Sorry for the performance issue we ran into this morning. The problem has been resolved. We are monitoring the servers and increasing capacity to be ahead of the next spike. Welcome to all of the feedly+Android users! We have a good news for you: new feedly 14 beta later this week.

feedly #1

Spike problem resolved.

Sorry for the performance issue we ran into this morning. The problem has been resolved. We are monitoring the servers and increasing capacity to be ahead of the next spike. Welcome to all of the feedly+Android users! We have a good news for you: new feedly 14 beta later this week.

feedly #1

Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features.

More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We love passionate readers. Welcome on board.

Our main priorities over the next 30 days are 1) to keep the service up, 2) listen to new users for suggestions and 3) add features weekly.

To keep the service up, we 10x our bandwidth and added new servers.

For new features, we are listening actively to our new uservoice forum and will be pushing out new releases on a weekly basis. Be vocal: we love candid feedback.

Note 1: Here are some tips on how to make feedly less pretty and more functional.

Note 2: If you are a Google Reader, give feedly a try before July 1st, and you will be able to migrate seamlesly:
Feedly for iOS
Feedly for Android
Feedly for Chrome
Feedly for Firefox
Feedly for Safari

Note 3: thanks for making feedly the #1 application on the Apple Store!

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Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features.

More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We love passionate readers. Welcome on board.

Our main priorities over the next 30 days are 1) to keep the service up, 2) listen to new users for suggestions and 3) add features weekly.

To keep the service up, we 10x our bandwidth and added new servers.

For new features, we are listening actively to our new uservoice forum and will be pushing out new releases on a weekly basis. Be vocal: we love candid feedback.

Note 1: Here are some tips on how to make feedly less pretty and more functional.

Note 2: If you are a Google Reader, give feedly a try before July 1st, and you will be able to migrate seamlesly:
Feedly for iOS
Feedly for Android
Feedly for Chrome
Feedly for Firefox
Feedly for Safari

Note 3: thanks for making feedly the #1 application on the Apple Store!

Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 10.25.51 AM

Tips for Google Reader users migrating to feedly

October 2017 update: We have come a long way since March 2013. Personalization has emerged as one of the defining traits that our community loves about Feedly. So we have published a new tutorial to showcase our recommendations for personalizing your Feedly experience. Some of the terminology and screenshots below have changed since this post was published. Thank you for reading!

Welcome to all the new Google Reader users migrating to Feedly. Below you’ll find some tips on how to adapt to the Feedly desktop interface.

If you are not running Feedly, you can install the latest version free:
Feedly for Firefox
Feedly for Chrome
Feedly for Safari

Related: How to get the most out of your feedly on the desktop (CNET)
Translations: Chinese

Tip #0: Importing your Google Reader account

To import your Google Reader feeds and categories over to Feedly, simply login to your feedly using your google account. Feedly will automatically sync your Google Reader account with feedly.

Tip #1: A more condensed view

A lot of Google Reader users use their reader as a research/curation tool and need to be able to crunch through a lot of articles very fast. When you are in a feed or category page, you can click on the gear icon and select the Titles view to get a denser text only experience. If you want assign the titles view to all your feeds and categories, there is a global knob in the preference page.

More compact

Tip #2: Starring Articles

When you hover on an article or inline it, you should see a bookmark icon. We call it the save for later icon. It functions similarly to the Google Reader star mechanism.

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.50.08 PM

Tip #3: A more visual experience

Some of our users are designers using Feedly to keep up with trends in their industries. If the content of the sources you follow are very visual, we offer a Cards view which allow you to skim the content through a more visual experience.
Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.46.29 PM

Tip #4 Preference Knobs

At the bottom of the left selector, you will find a link to the feedly preferences. We offer a variety of knobs: auto-mark as read, link colors, default view, etc..

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.48.17 PM

Tip #5 Tagging

Like Google Reader, Feedly includes the concept of tagging. You configure your list of tags in the preference or create them one by one as you go.
Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.49.22 PM

Then as you open and read an article, you will see a +Tag option pre-configured with all your tags. We are working very hard to integrate the feedly tagging with both Evernote and Pinterest so that you can quickly organize and share your best finds.Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.49.37 PM

This is a live document. If you just migrated from Google Reader and have questions regarding how to adapt your existing workflow to the feedly interface, please leave a comment and we will be happy to try to help. We will update document as we get tips and questions.

Tip #6 Keyboard Shortcuts

Press ? to see the list of the keyboard shortcuts supported by Feedly

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.47.11 PM

Tip #7: Pick your theme

At the bottom of the left selector, there is switch theme option. The white theme will make feedly feel more like the Google Reader environment.

Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 4.49.22 PM

Did you recently switch from Google Reader to Feedly? What are your tips?

Tips for Google Reader users migrating to feedly

October 2017 update: We have come a long way since March 2013. Personalization has emerged as one of the defining traits that our community loves about Feedly. So we have published a new tutorial to showcase our recommendations for personalizing your Feedly experience. Some of the terminology and screenshots below have changed since this post was published. Thank you for reading!

Welcome to all the new Google Reader users migrating to Feedly. Below you’ll find some tips on how to adapt to the Feedly desktop interface.

If you are not running Feedly, you can install the latest version free:
Feedly for Firefox
Feedly for Chrome
Feedly for Safari

Related: How to get the most out of your feedly on the desktop (CNET)
Translations: Chinese

Tip #0: Importing your Google Reader account

To import your Google Reader feeds and categories over to Feedly, simply login to your feedly using your google account. Feedly will automatically sync your Google Reader account with feedly.

Tip #1: A more condensed view

A lot of Google Reader users use their reader as a research/curation tool and need to be able to crunch through a lot of articles very fast. When you are in a feed or category page, you can click on the gear icon and select the Titles view to get a denser text only experience. If you want assign the titles view to all your feeds and categories, there is a global knob in the preference page.

More compact

Tip #2: Starring Articles

When you hover on an article or inline it, you should see a bookmark icon. We call it the save for later icon. It functions similarly to the Google Reader star mechanism.

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.50.08 PM

Tip #3: A more visual experience

Some of our users are designers using Feedly to keep up with trends in their industries. If the content of the sources you follow are very visual, we offer a Cards view which allow you to skim the content through a more visual experience.
Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.46.29 PM

Tip #4 Preference Knobs

At the bottom of the left selector, you will find a link to the feedly preferences. We offer a variety of knobs: auto-mark as read, link colors, default view, etc..

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.48.17 PM

Tip #5 Tagging

Like Google Reader, Feedly includes the concept of tagging. You configure your list of tags in the preference or create them one by one as you go.
Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.49.22 PM

Then as you open and read an article, you will see a +Tag option pre-configured with all your tags. We are working very hard to integrate the feedly tagging with both Evernote and Pinterest so that you can quickly organize and share your best finds.Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.49.37 PM

This is a live document. If you just migrated from Google Reader and have questions regarding how to adapt your existing workflow to the feedly interface, please leave a comment and we will be happy to try to help. We will update document as we get tips and questions.

Tip #6 Keyboard Shortcuts

Press ? to see the list of the keyboard shortcuts supported by Feedly

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.47.11 PM

Tip #7: Pick your theme

At the bottom of the left selector, there is switch theme option. The white theme will make feedly feel more like the Google Reader environment.

Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 4.49.22 PM

Did you recently switch from Google Reader to Feedly? What are your tips?

Transitioning from Google Reader to feedly

Google announced today that they will be shutting down Google Reader. This is something we have been expecting for some time: We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.

If you are a Google Reader, give feedly a try before July 1st, and you will be able to migrate seamlesly:
Feedly for iOS
Feedly for Android
Feedly for Firefox
Feedly for Chrome
Feedly for Safari

Note 1: if you are migrating from Google Reader to feedly, here are some tips on how to personalize feedly to better match your existing workflows. If you have any feature request please add it on our feature request page.

Note 2: if you are a third party developer using the Google Reader API and would like to integrate with Normandy, please send an email to remi@feedly.com. We would love to keep the Google Reader ecosystem alive.

Update 22:24 PST: Bandwidth upgraded. New servers added. Welcome to all the new users.

All Boats Leak

There’s always a defect, always a slow drip, somewhere. Every plan, every organization, every venture has a glitch.

The question isn’t, “is this perfect?” The question is, “will this get me there?”

Sometimes we make the mistake of ignoring the big leaks, the ones that threaten our journey.

More often, though, we’re so busy fixing tiny leaks that we get distracted from the real goal, which is to go somewhere.

-Seth Godin

Finding the right balance is really hard. This is one of the reasons it is important to have in the founding team of a startup someone who is focused on the product (ie fixing the leaks) and someone who is focused on the market (ie going somewhere). -Edwin

All Boats Leak

There’s always a defect, always a slow drip, somewhere. Every plan, every organization, every venture has a glitch.

The question isn’t, “is this perfect?” The question is, “will this get me there?”

Sometimes we make the mistake of ignoring the big leaks, the ones that threaten our journey.

More often, though, we’re so busy fixing tiny leaks that we get distracted from the real goal, which is to go somewhere.

-Seth Godin

Finding the right balance is really hard. This is one of the reasons it is important to have in the founding team of a startup someone who is focused on the product (ie fixing the leaks) and someone who is focused on the market (ie going somewhere). -Edwin