Leo Understands COVID-19

Look beyond the big headlines. Leo can show you exactly what’s happening to your industry as a result of COVID-19, or filter it out.

Coronavirus news is everywhere right now. It’s not so much a wave of information as an ocean. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or miss a crucial market development. 

Or maybe you want to cut out the COVID-19 content altogether so you can find out what else is happening around the world. 

So we’ve taught Leo, your AI research assistant, how to help.

Mute or prioritize COVID-19 in your Feedly

Leo can already learn what you like to see and refine your Feedly. Now, he can mute or prioritize COVID-19 as well. And he does it across tens of millions of trusted sources. 

It works just like Leo’s other prioritization parameters such as keywords, topics, and events. ‘Coronavirus’ and ‘COVID-19’ are just two of the terms he recognizes. Leo takes into account a variety of the virus’s other names, too, like SARS-CoV-2. 

Leo prioritizes mentions of COVID-19 and its wide variety of aliases

Once you give Leo a priority, you’ll get a specific view of how your industry is reacting to the pandemic. Then just save the most interesting publications in your Feedly Board. 

You can mute or prioritize one feed, or every feed, and those feeds can be personal or spread across your team. It lets some team members focus on COVID-19 news if they need to, while others look beyond it. 

Here’s a few examples to show how Leo’s coronavirus filter might work for you. After all, the virus is impacting every sector, whether you’re in retail, cyberspace, automotive or pharmaceuticals…

COVID-19 and biopharma

You’re a drug development director looking for news and insight around cardiovascular disease, and how COVID-19 is affecting this research. 

Let’s imagine you have a Cardiology feed in Feedly, and you’re following multiple science and medicine journals. Hit ‘Train Leo’ in the top left toolbar. You can prioritize COVID-19 subjects by entering it as a topic.

Preview the prioritized COVID-19 articles in your Cardiology feed

The publications displayed are now all about coronavirus and cardiology. 

Refine the search further with +AND or +OR. Here’s some more information about Leo’s topic combinations.

COVID-19 and cybersecurity

You’re part of a large tech company. Security threats may have emerged during the pandemic, buried by the noise online. 

Do the exact same thing. Click ‘Train Leo’ and enter COVID-19 as the topic.

Preview the prioritized COVID-19 articles in your Threat Research feed

You can see the most recent coronavirus-related publications from your sources in the preview. Choose whether to filter by Entire Content or titles that explicitly contain COVID-19 or its aliases.

New threats to your business can then be spotted and prepared for.

COVID-19 and retail

You’re a business intelligence analyst searching for COVID-19’s effects on stores and brands around the globe. Retail, one of the most disrupted sectors, is under intense scrutiny. The prioritization feature can help here too. 

With a Retail feed, you’ll preview countless pieces of content that tackle this subject. 

Again, just create a Leo priority around COVID-19.

Preview the prioritized COVID-19 articles in your Retail feed

And that’s it. You have a feed at the intersection of two subjects, with plenty of room for more priorities and further refinement.

Muting COVID-19

You might want to look past COVID-19 instead, and keep it out of your feeds. 

Muting is just as easy. Click ‘Train Leo’ and scroll to ‘Mute Filters’. Type in COVID-19. You’ll see a message asking which Feedly feeds you want to remove it from.

Here’s how it looks in a Tech feed. 

Preview the muted COVID-19 articles in your Tech feed

No more content on the topic will turn up in your Feedly, as long as the mute is active. It’s one of 1,000 pre-trained topics that Leo can mute right away.

Train Leo to prioritize or mute COVID-19 now

Whatever happens with coronavirus and your market, the trusted insights are here. Leo makes sure you’re never overwhelmed or struggling to see the big picture.

If you’re interested in learning more about Leo’s roadmap, join the Feedly Community Slack channel. 2020 will be a challenging year, but by staying informed, you can respond better and remain in control.

Mute Market Reports with Leo

We heard from lots of users that market reports can be a considerable source of noise when you use keyword alerts to track updates about companies.

We are excited to announce a new Market Reports Leo topic. We have taught Leo to read articles and understand if they are about market reports so that you can easily mute them from your feeds and save hours.

Let us show you how it works

Let’s imagine you have keyword alerts to track updates about various Health companies such as Amgen, Novartis, and 23&Me.

Market reports represent a large portion of the articles in our feed

As you can see, a considerable amount of these articles are noisy market reports. Let’s train Leo to read this feed and filter out all the market report articles.

You can find the Mute Filters skill when clicking on Train Leo.

Find the Mute filters skill in your feed

In the Mute Filters editor, you can select the topics and keywords you want Leo to mute. Search for the new Market Reports Topic.

Search for the new #market reports Leo topic

You can see a preview of all the articles that Leo has recognized as Market Reports and that will be removed from the feed.

Leo mutes articles he recognizes as market reports

Leo will continuously read your feed and remove articles he identifies as market reports, letting you focus on the topics and trends that matter to you.

Our feed is now free from any noise coming from market reports

The Leo Market Report Mute Filter helps us cut through the noise and track company updates a lot more efficiently.

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Train Your Leo Now

We are excited to see how many Feedly users declutter their feeds and dig deeper into the topics and trends that matter to them. Sign up today and discover what Leo can do for you!

If you are interested in learning more about Leo’s roadmap, you can join the Feedly Community Slack. 2020 will be a thrilling year with new skills and bold experiments!

Leo and Mute Filters

Some of the sources you follow in Feedly are broader than the topics and trends you care about. That additional noise can add up and become overwhelming or result in you wasting precious time.

We believe that noise is the enemy and we have been building a new Leo skill called Mute Filters to let you cancel that noise.

In this article, we will show you how to use Leo mute filters to mute companies, people, topics, authors, sites, and more.

Let’s get started!

Mute companies

Curating content to share on Social Media and want to avoid mentions of your competitors?

Train Leo to mute mentions of SAP in your business feed

You can train Leo to mute each of your competitors and automatically remove all the articles mentioning those competitors.

Mute people

Want to avoid articles about specific celebrities, politicians, or executives?

Train Leo to mute mentions of Kim Kardashian

Creating a Leo mute filter for a celebrity, politician or executive will automatically remove all the articles that mention that person from your feed.

Mute keywords

Want to avoid a spoiler about Game of Thrones until you have finished reading all the books or tired of hearing about Pokemon Go or the latest Apple monitor?

Train Leo to mute Game of Thrones

You can train Leo to mute specific keywords and remove all mentions of those keywords from your feeds, temporarily or permanently.

Note: with Leo Mute Filters, you no longer need to use quotes around phrases with spaces. Leo will take care of converting the input into the right query.

Mute topics

Following a broad source like TechCrunch, Wired and Forbes but do not care about topics like gaming? Or following a keyword alert for a public company but do not care about financials or market reports?

With Leo mute filters, you can mute topics and increase the focus of your feeds. Leo ships with 1,000 pre-trained topics.

Mute authors

Do not like a specific author from one of the sources you follow?

Train Leo to mute a specific author with the author: operator

With the author: operator, you can train Leo to look for specific authors and mute all the articles from that author in your feed. (Sorry Katherine, we actually love your work!)

Mute title patterns

Want to remove articles which have a specific keyword in their title?

Train Leo to look for a keyword in the title of an article

With the title: prefix, you can train Leo to look for a mention of a keyword in the title of the article and mute the matches.

Mute sites

Finding some of the sources referenced in Google News Keyword Alerts irrelevant?

Train Leo to mute specific sites using the site: operator

With the site: prefix, you can train Leo to mute specific sites from your keyword alerts.

Forever or temporarily

When you create a Leo mute filter, you can specify a duration.

Select a duration

Once you have trained Leo with a mute filter, you can easily remove, pause or resume that priority via the Train Leo page.

Pause or remove a mute filter<br>

Like with all the other Leo skills, it was important for us that you always feel in control and can continuously refine your Leo as your needs evolve.

While reading

When reading articles, Leo will highlight the most salient entities mentioned in the content. This makes it easy to click on them and priorities or mute those entities.

Mute an entity while reading

You can also highlight any snippet of text and mute that phrase

Highlight and mute any phrase

Finally, when reading an article, you can click on the Less Like This button and easily mute one of the topics Leo has associated with the article

Train Leo to mute a topic vis Less Like This

On mobile or on the web

The Leo mute filter skill is available both on the Web and on mobile (version 65+).

You can train Leo to mute topics and keywords on mobile.

From a feed

Train Leo to mute mentions of Apple on your Business feed

From an article

Train Leo to mute mentions of Spark New Zealand

From less like this (long swipe from right to left)

Train Leo to mute a topic via Less Like This

Curious about trying Leo Mute Filters on some of your feeds? Join the Leo program


What happens to mute filter v1?

Pro users will be able to continue to use a more basic version of mute filters. The syntax of those mute filters have changed to the v2 syntax to allow more efficient processing on the back end.

Some of the v1 mute filters using advanced queries can not be migrated to v2 will remain active as legacy filters until user delete them.

Are there limits to the number of Leo mute filters a user or team can create?

One of the benefit of the Leo mute filters is that they can be processed more efficiently by our back-end. As a result, we are increasing the limit of Leo mute filters for Teams user from 100 total to 100 per feed.

Can non-Teams user access Leo?

We will be offering Leo to non-team users later this year via a Feedly Pro+ priced at $12/month. You can request early access to Pro+ here.

Can a mute filter target a specific source?

No. Mute filters can target a list of sources (what we call a feed) or all your feeds.