Introduction to Leo 0.5

Sometimes you want to follow high volume publications like The Verge, NY Times, or VentureBeat because you trust them but you are only interested in narrower topics, trends, or mentions.

Reducing noise and information overload is a problem we care passionately about. We have been working over the last 12 months on a new feature called Leo. You can think of Leo as your non-black-box research assistant – an easy-to-control AI tool which helps you reduce noise in your feeds and never miss important articles.

Here is a quick overview of the Leo 0.5 Beta feature set.

New Priority Tab

If you are part of the Leo 0.5 Beta Program, each of your feeds has now 2 tabs.

Introducing the new Priority Tab

The All Tab includes all the articles published by the sources you follow.

The new Priority Tab includes the subset of articles flag by Leo as important – based on the priorities you defined for your Leo.

Three Core Prioritization Skills: Mentions, Topics, and Like Board

Leo 0.5 ships with three core skills: mentions, topics, and like-board. Each of these skills allow you to prioritize articles differently.

The mentions skill allows you to prioritize articles based on mentions of people, company or keywords which are important to you.

Ask Leo to prioritize articles mentioning JP Morgan

For example, you can ask Leo to prioritize all the articles that mention “JP Morgan”

The topic skill allow you to prioritize articles which are about a specific topic you are interested.

Ask Leo to prioritize articles about quantum computing

For example, you can ask Leo to analyze your tech feed and prioritize articles which are about artificial intelligence, quantum computing, or gaming.

Leo ships with one thousand pre-trained topics. If the topic you are interested in is part of that list, the topic skill is a powerful tool to let you focus your feed on what really matters to you.

Sometimes, the topic you are interested in a very niche. This is where the Like Board skill is very useful and powerful.

Prioritize articles similar to the ones saved in your Smart Venue board

For example, if you are in the Sports industry, you might be interested in the emerging Smart Venue trend. Leo does not know out of the box about Smart Venue but if you can create a board and save 30-50 articles about Smart Venue, you can use the Like Board skill to teach your Leo a new personalized topic and ask Leo to prioritize future articles which are similar to the ones you save in that board.

Once you have defined the priorities of your Leo, he will continuously read your feed and flag articles which are aligned with those priorities.

The Like Board is particularly powerful because the more articles you save to that board, the more accurate Leo’s recommendation will become.

Finally, you can easily define more sophisticated priorities by combining multiple skills/layers.

Combine multiple layers

Feedback Loop Via Less Like This

When Leo makes a back prioritization, you have the control to provide him feedback via the Less Like This button.

Provide Leo feedback via Less Like This

There are 5 different classes of feedback you can offer to your Leo:

  1. The “Not About” feedback allows you to teach Leo that it matched the wrong keyword or topic. For example, you were interested in ICO (Initial Coin Offering) and Leo detected ICO (Internet Commissioner Office).
  2. The “duplicated article” feedback allow you to flag articles which are on topic but you have already read about via a different source
  3. The “I’m not interested in” feedback allow you to flag class of articles you are not interested about. For example, you might not be interested in market research type articles. If you can flag 10-20 articles as I am not interested in market research, Leo is going to learn and start prioritizing fewer market research articles.
  4. Sometimes (specially for keyword alerts), you might get articles from sources you do not care about. The ‘mute domain’ feedback allows you to train your Leo to mute articles from those domains.
  5. Finally, sometimes, the reason is more complex. The ‘Something else’ feedback offers you an easy way out.

Control and Transparency

A very important aspect of the Leo promise is that it is a fun, non-black-box AI you fully control and can easily collaborate with.

Transparency via clear explanations

Transparent because each time Leo makes a prioritization, he will explain why the article was prioritized and give you the opportunity to refine that prioritization.

Full control

Control because you explicitly define all the priorities of your Leo and you can at anytime go in the Train Leo section and remove or refine a priority. No black box. No lag.

Goodbye Information Overload

Leo 0.1 Alpha customers saw 40-70% noise reduction on their feeds. More targeted feeds mean that you can save time while reducing the risk of missing important articles, or being the last to know about an important risk or market opportunity.

We look forward to seeing how your will be training your Leo!

-Edwin, Remi, and Victoria

How to Send Newsletters On Demand

There are some common questions about the “send now” feature for team newsletters. Here is a quick reference to guide you through the steps.

Sending newsletters on demand makes it easy to grab a snapshot of your team boards and feeds. We want to help your team move forward and save time!

Time is of the essence, so let’s review the steps and jump into your questions!

How To Send Now:

  1. Save new articles to your board (Nothing saved since the last email, the board won’t send now)
  2. Open your Newsletter dashboard
  3. Select the board or feed to send now
  4. Click send now
Newsletters are proving to be a useful tool for team collaboration.
Our teams use them internally, and we will keep building with your feedback in mind.

Thank you to all the teams who have sent questions, feedback, and bug reports!

FAQs

Why didn’t I receive my newsletter? Common problems & solutions:

  • No new articles saved since the last newsletter sent. It will only send if there are new articles available (ie. saved) in the board.
  • Solution: For now, we suggest removing and then re-saving some articles to the board. After that, return to the newsletter dashboard and hit “send now” once again.
  • It works the same way the very first time you activate a newsletter and for your future scheduled newsletters.
  • Maybe the newsletter is in spam.
  • Solution: Please check your spam folder and add <teams@feedly.com> to your address book. That will tell your email provider to deliver newsletters to your inbox.

What articles will (or won’t) be included in the newsletter when I hit Send Now?

On-demand newsletters only include new articles saved since the last newsletter sent. This is the most common reason why a newsletter doesn’t send.

To send an on-demand newsletter with specific articles, we suggest removing and then re-saving those articles to the board. After that, return to the newsletter dashboard and hit “send now” once again.

What about analytics?

Coming soon 🙂

How do I add newsletters to my Feedly account?

We suggest starting a 30-day free trial of Feedly Teams. The trial gives you full access to newsletters and our support team. We are here to help you and your team get the most out of Feedly.

Thank you for trying newsletters! Have a question not answered here? Ask us in the comments or in the app.

— Victoria, Remi, and Emily

More posts about Newsletters:

Newsletter examples

Introducing Team Newsletters

All Newsletter tutorials 

Introducing Boards, Notes, and Highlights

Feedly is home to a vibrant community of experts, students, and trailblazers. We all have our own reasons for reading what we do. Maybe you want to gain a deeper understanding of a topic, or discover something new.

Whatever your motivation, the power of information lies in your ability to harness it. Today we are sharing three new features we hope will make your Feedly experience even better: Boards, notes, and highlights.

Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to using Boards. Or watch this replay of a live demo announcing Boards:

 

With our vibrant community in mind, we set out to build new features that would make it easier and more meaningful to read in Feedly.

As you save more articles, your Boards become libraries of high-value content. Everyone can create new Personal Boards. Feedly Teams users will see separate lists in the left navigation for Personal and Team Boards.

Feedly is turning its reader into a powerful knowledge board creation tool Sarah Perez, TechCrunch (@sarahintampa)

How to Save an Article to a Board

Boards are for saving and organizing articles. All Feedly plans (Basic, Pro, and Teams) can save articles.

Click on the star   on any article to save it. If this is your first time using Boards, we will ask you to create one.

When it comes to naming your Boards, try to keep a singular focus. This will keep you organized by your specific projects, clients, brands you monitor, or other important tasks.

Save a single article to multiple Boards. In the example above, a piece about marketing tactics is saved to both the “Marketing & Growth” and “Social Media” Boards.

Want to get started right now? Here are 8 ways to use Boards to streamline your curation process.

Adding Notes & Highlights

Imagine you’re reading and a phrase sparks an idea about a client or a business opportunity. Feedly Pro and Teams users can enrich articles using notes and highlights.

If you are part of a Feedly Teams plan, your teammates will be able to read your notes and add their own.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to adding notes without missing a beat.

Your note appears at the top of the article, where you can edit it or add another note right below it.

Highlight the most important passages to make it easy for your colleagues and other executives to scan. Since articles saved to Boards never expire, you’ll be able to revisit these notes and highlights in the future.

Shared Team Boards

We’ve seen that active knowledge sharing can drive tons of value for your team. By creating shared Team Boards, you have a central place to store those gems you find and see what your teammates have saved.

Say goodbye to clunky email chains and spreadsheets. With Team Boards you have the additional option of sending email roundups to teammates as well as executives outside your team and even external clients. Read more about the benefits of Feedly Teams.

To help you get started, we reviewed the Boards of some of the smartest industry analysts, researchers, and marketers. Here are some of their best practices that might inspire you: 7 Great Board Examples.

Turn your Team Boards into newsletters. It’s a great way to keep up with fast-changing industry trends as a team.

Save From Anywhere

Easily switch between devices. The Feedly mobile apps (for iPhone or Android) keep your content synced in real time.

You can save content while browsing the web on desktop or mobile. Add the Feedly browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and you can save any article in just two clicks. When you go back to your Boards on Feedly, the article will be right where you saved it.

This Medium post is now saved to my “Entrepreneurship” Board in Feedly.

Now it’s your turn…

What Will You Save?

FAQs

Q: How do I get my team started on Feedly?

Start a one-month free trial and invite as many teammates as you like. With Boards, you and your team can stay ahead of changes in your market, move faster than competitors, and plug knowledge gaps in your organization. We’re happy to work with your team through the one-month free trial and beyond.

Among the team here at Feedly, we use Boards every day to track mentions of our brand and share articles on topics such as machine learning, sales, and company culture.

Q: Can I save to Boards on my phone?

Yes. You can read, save, and share on mobile and desktop. If you’re reading on the Feedly mobile app, tap the   icon to save. You’ll be able to save the current article to one or more of your Personal and Team Boards.

Don’t forget there are 5 easy ways to save to Boards!

Q: Can I add notes and highlights on my phone?

Yes, Feedly Pro and Teams users can use all the same features on mobile.

Q: Can I keep using Read Later?

Yes. Read Later is still there. You can save articles to Boards and Read Later for an even more customized Feedly.

Q: How are Boards different from tags?

We heard from users that it would be useful to be able to privately share content with teammates. Boards felt more like a central hub with shared access to allow for team curation. Tags didn’t meet the needs communicated to us by the Feedly community. Given that this is an area where we are going to invest a lot, we decided to change the terminology to have the right foundation in place.

If you were using tags, all of your tags and the content associated with them are available as private personal Boards.

Q: How do I rename a Board?

When you are looking at one of your Boards, click on the […] button and go to Settings. There you can change the Board name.

Q: How many Boards can I create?

Feedly Pro and Teams accounts have unlimited Boards. Basic accounts can create up to 3 Boards. Feedly is proud to be supported by subscriptions to our premium feature set. Compare the different features here.

Q: Is there a tutorial for adding notes and highlights?

Yes, here is a step-by-step guide to adding notes. And you can see how to create highlights here.

Introducing Boards, Notes, and Highlights

Feedly is home to a vibrant community of experts, students, and trailblazers. We all have our own reasons for reading what we do. Maybe you want to gain a deeper understanding of a topic, or discover something new.

Whatever your motivation, the power of information lies in your ability to harness it. Today we are sharing three new features we hope will make your Feedly experience even better: Boards, notes, and highlights.

Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to using Boards. Or watch this replay of a live demo announcing Boards:

 

With our vibrant community in mind, we set out to build new features that would make it easier and more meaningful to read in Feedly.

As you save more articles, your Boards become libraries of high-value content. Everyone can create new Personal Boards. Feedly Teams users will see separate lists in the left navigation for Personal and Team Boards.

Feedly is turning its reader into a powerful knowledge board creation tool Sarah Perez, TechCrunch (@sarahintampa)

How to Save an Article to a Board

Boards are for saving and organizing articles. All Feedly plans (Basic, Pro, and Teams) can save articles.

Click on the star   on any article to save it. If this is your first time using Boards, we will ask you to create one.

When it comes to naming your Boards, try to keep a singular focus. This will keep you organized by your specific projects, clients, brands you monitor, or other important tasks.

Save a single article to multiple Boards. In the example above, a piece about marketing tactics is saved to both the “Marketing & Growth” and “Social Media” Boards.

Want to get started right now? Here are 8 ways to use Boards to streamline your curation process.

Adding Notes & Highlights

Imagine you’re reading and a phrase sparks an idea about a client or a business opportunity. Feedly Pro and Teams users can enrich articles using notes and highlights.

If you are part of a Feedly Teams plan, your teammates will be able to read your notes and add their own.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to adding notes without missing a beat.

Your note appears at the top of the article, where you can edit it or add another note right below it.

Highlight the most important passages to make it easy for your colleagues and other executives to scan. Since articles saved to Boards never expire, you’ll be able to revisit these notes and highlights in the future.

Shared Team Boards

We’ve seen that active knowledge sharing can drive tons of value for your team. By creating shared Team Boards, you have a central place to store those gems you find and see what your teammates have saved.

Say goodbye to clunky email chains and spreadsheets. With Team Boards you have the additional option of sending email roundups to teammates as well as executives outside your team and even external clients. Read more about the benefits of Feedly Teams.

To help you get started, we reviewed the Boards of some of the smartest industry analysts, researchers, and marketers. Here are some of their best practices that might inspire you: 7 Great Board Examples.

Turn your Team Boards into newsletters. It’s a great way to keep up with fast-changing industry trends as a team.

Save From Anywhere

Easily switch between devices. The Feedly mobile apps (for iPhone or Android) keep your content synced in real time.

You can save content while browsing the web on desktop or mobile. Add the Feedly browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and you can save any article in just two clicks. When you go back to your Boards on Feedly, the article will be right where you saved it.

This Medium post is now saved to my “Entrepreneurship” Board in Feedly.

Now it’s your turn…

What Will You Save?

FAQs

Q: How do I get my team started on Feedly?

Start a one-month free trial and invite as many teammates as you like. With Boards, you and your team can stay ahead of changes in your market, move faster than competitors, and plug knowledge gaps in your organization. We’re happy to work with your team through the one-month free trial and beyond.

Among the team here at Feedly, we use Boards every day to track mentions of our brand and share articles on topics such as machine learning, sales, and company culture.

Q: Can I save to Boards on my phone?

Yes. You can read, save, and share on mobile and desktop. If you’re reading on the Feedly mobile app, tap the   icon to save. You’ll be able to save the current article to one or more of your Personal and Team Boards.

Don’t forget there are 5 easy ways to save to Boards!

Q: Can I add notes and highlights on my phone?

Yes, Feedly Pro and Teams users can use all the same features on mobile.

Q: Can I keep using Read Later?

Yes. Read Later is still there. You can save articles to Boards and Read Later for an even more customized Feedly.

Q: How are Boards different from tags?

We heard from users that it would be useful to be able to privately share content with teammates. Boards felt more like a central hub with shared access to allow for team curation. Tags didn’t meet the needs communicated to us by the Feedly community. Given that this is an area where we are going to invest a lot, we decided to change the terminology to have the right foundation in place.

If you were using tags, all of your tags and the content associated with them are available as private personal Boards.

Q: How do I rename a Board?

When you are looking at one of your Boards, click on the […] button and go to Settings. There you can change the Board name.

Q: How many Boards can I create?

Feedly Pro and Teams accounts have unlimited Boards. Basic accounts can create up to 3 Boards. Feedly is proud to be supported by subscriptions to our premium feature set. Compare the different features here.

Q: Is there a tutorial for adding notes and highlights?

Yes, here is a step-by-step guide to adding notes. And you can see how to create highlights here.

Boards, Notes, and Highlights on Mobile

We just released a new version of the Feedly Mobile application for both iOS and Android. You can download them for free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Here is a quick overview of the new features included in this release.

New Richer Cards

We enhanced the design of the card view. The new design is more readable and more modular. It allows us to surface notes and highlights when needed.

The modular design creates a uniform experience

New Notes Feature

If you are on a Feedly Pro or Teams plan, you can create notes to capture your thoughts and enrich articles with unique insights. Mention your friends and teammates by email to quickly share articles (along with your notes and highlights).

Enrich articles with your insights

New Highlights Feature

If you are part of the Pro or Teams plan, you can also highlight important passages that you want to come back to later. Share those passages with friends and teammates.

Press and drag to select the important text, then tap Highlight

New Team Boards section

If you are part of a Teams plan, you will see a new Team Boards section in the left navigation menu. This new section allows you to quickly access all the articles saved by your teammates across all the Team Boards you follow.

Your Personal Boards are listed on top of your Team Feeds and Boards

New iOS and Android Share Extensions

On both iOS and Android—from any app or mobile browser—our Save to Board extension gives you the option to save articles to your Feedly Boards (Personal or Team).

Open your phone’s share options and select the Feedly “Save to Board” extension

One More Thing: Faster Feed Search

We redesigned the feed search experience so that you get faster and more relevant auto-completion and a broader set of topic suggestions. Finding the sources you want to follow is now faster and more relevant than before.

Mobile search returns a greater breadth of topics and sources

 Bug fixes

We also took advantage of this new build to fix some bugs:

  • We changed the Buffer integration to avoid the crashes caused by the old SDK
  • For Android users, the share with email option now includes the URL of the article being shared

We look forward to seeing what the community does with Boards, Notes and Highlights on mobile. If you have questions, please leave a comment and we will be happy to answer them.

Feeling Mobile?Download the latest Feedly mobile and test drive these new features

Boards, Notes, and Highlights on Mobile

We just released a new version of the Feedly Mobile application for both iOS and Android. You can download them for free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Here is a quick overview of the new features included in this release.

New Richer Cards

We enhanced the design of the card view. The new design is more readable and more modular. It allows us to surface notes and highlights when needed.

The modular design creates a uniform experience

New Notes Feature

If you are on a Feedly Pro or Teams plan, you can create notes to capture your thoughts and enrich articles with unique insights. Mention your friends and teammates by email to quickly share articles (along with your notes and highlights).

Enrich articles with your insights

New Highlights Feature

If you are part of the Pro or Teams plan, you can also highlight important passages that you want to come back to later. Share those passages with friends and teammates.

Press and drag to select the important text, then tap Highlight

New Team Boards section

If you are part of a Teams plan, you will see a new Team Boards section in the left navigation menu. This new section allows you to quickly access all the articles saved by your teammates across all the Team Boards you follow.

Your Personal Boards are listed on top of your Team Feeds and Boards

New iOS and Android Share Extensions

On both iOS and Android—from any app or mobile browser—our Save to Board extension gives you the option to save articles to your Feedly Boards (Personal or Team).

Open your phone’s share options and select the Feedly “Save to Board” extension

One More Thing: Faster Feed Search

We redesigned the feed search experience so that you get faster and more relevant auto-completion and a broader set of topic suggestions. Finding the sources you want to follow is now faster and more relevant than before.

Mobile search returns a greater breadth of topics and sources

 Bug fixes

We also took advantage of this new build to fix some bugs:

  • We changed the Buffer integration to avoid the crashes caused by the old SDK
  • For Android users, the share with email option now includes the URL of the article being shared

We look forward to seeing what the community does with Boards, Notes and Highlights on mobile. If you have questions, please leave a comment and we will be happy to answer them.

Feeling Mobile?Download the latest Feedly mobile and test drive these new features

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Protips

We find that the best Board names are specific and project-related. For example, a board just for articles about your competition’s new products; or a board for articles mentioning a client’s brand.

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Clicking on the star   opens the list of available Boards. If this is your first one, take a moment to give it a name. You can save an article to multiple Boards.

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