Feedreader

With so many people freaking out about the demise of Google Reader, and realizing that I hadn’t ever really written about the program I use, I thought it was time to introduce it to you. I’m a standalone guy instead of having everything in my browser so this might not be what some of you want. But I love it so it gets some love publicly now. 🙂

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Feedreader is basically a program that allows you to track any RSS feeds you want, categorize them, and determine how you want to view them. I use the standalone product as I mentioned before but they also have a browser version as well as some other versions of the main product, but I can’t tell you anything about those.

The first image is exactly what the program looks like when you open it (to enlarge you’ll have to click on it, then when it opens again click again and it’ll be much bigger & easy to see). You see that I have my categories there on the left, and I’m highlighting one of the articles from one of my other blogs just as an example. This is only a reader; if you’re subscribing to blogs you have to click on the link at the top of the article and it’ll pull up a browser so you can comment on it.

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The second image shows you how you can add feeds to the program. However, an easier way to do it is to click on the RSS feed on the blog or website and the program will automatically open up and allow you to add the link to it. Once it adds the link then you can go to the left and change the name or move it into a new category.

The final image shows you one of my categories, which I call Friends. Everyone in this category is a close friend, as opposed to a blogging friend, thus the only person in here that doesn’t live in the states, but I count him as a close friend after so many years, is our buddy Sire, and 3 blogs on this list are his. lol

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The way you move links around is you open up a category, go to the link, hold your left mouse button down and drag it to where you want it in that category. You hold it as far to the left as you can so that if you want to alphabetize things, which I do for all my other categories, it’s easy to do. On this list you’ll see I have all my blogs at the top, which I do to make sure everything is always working properly.

Anyway, I love this thing and I think it’s a great alternative for those who still want to track RSS feeds. I don’t know if they have a mobile version, as truthfully I don’t want to read feeds on my smartphone so I’m not worrying about that. Check out the site above and you might find what you need there.
 

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15 comments on “Feedreader

  • transferred all my Reader feeds over to Feedly (they’ve made it easy.) Google should be ashamed of themselves. Reader drives significantly more traffic to them than the wasteland that is Google +

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    • Phil, a few people here seem to like Feedly but I’m sticking with what I know. As for Google Reader et al, I think Google’s starting to make decisions based on what has the potential to bring them money, and I’m not sure if Reader could bring them any.

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  • I may have freaked out a bit at the demise of Google Reader – I get all my news, updates, follow the people I like, through RSS feeds. I didn’t realize this was so out of date in a sense though Reader has made me realize it’s not, Google is just being weird. I too switched to Feedly. It is growing on me though I wish it wasn’t just a plug-in through a browser, it makes it feel less concrete to me. Still, they’ve been very welcoming to us Google Reader refugees so I can’t complain too badly and it also made me do some house cleaning of feeds!
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    • Miss Krys, as long as people find a pretty good alternative then I’m okay with it. I like Feedreader because it offers me lots of options and such and isn’t tied into my browser, which pleases me more than you can imagine. 🙂

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    • Darnell, I’ve never tried Feedly. I’ve been using this program for years and I don’t go trying new things unless what I’m using is failing me some, and right now it’s wonderful for me.

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  • Thanks for this, Mitch. Much appreciated. I’ve been trying Feedly but it’s a bit too ‘in yer face’ for me.

    With Feedreader, if one sorts into categories, do they act like folders or like tags? One of the things about Google Reader I always found annoying was when one put an item in more than one tag, it would appear in different folders and basically messed up the organisation for me.
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  • John Garrett says:

    As you know, I moved over to Feedly AND Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com/) to try them both out. People who don’t like the Feedly interface might like Netvibes a bit better -it’s way more “tame” than Feedly.

    I noticed you were a “standalone” guy as opposed to a browser bandit like myself. I got rid of Tweetdeck because it was standalone, and when I was moving in between my job and home computers it got kind of annoying not having it on both.

    Feedreader looks like it does everything all the others do, but much more desirable for those who prefer to have a program rather than a browser app.

    I haven’t made my final decision when it comes to Feedly or Netvibes, but the day is coming..!

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    • Dude, I load all my programs on both the main computer & laptop & can move feeds between the two. I don’t use RSS on my phone or Nook; just not into that there. You must be syncing your bookmarks & other stuff through your browser based on what you said.

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      • John Garrett says:

        It’s not so much syncing as just logging into my account from whatever computer I’m on, that way I don’t need to worry about loading any software on a computer. As long as it has internet access I can get my feeds.

        The same thing with using Hootsuite over Tweedeck. I went for the browser based solution for the same reason -it doesn’t matter which computer I’m at, just open the browser and go.

        The first time I used Feedly was actually for my phone, well before Google made their announcement. It looks pretty cool on a phone, too.

        If you don’t move around a lot to different machines or are able to load whatever software you want on all the computers you use, then your way works just fine.

      • Ah. Truthfully, I don’t have all the same stuff on both computers and I’m not looking to do that for everything. But with Feedreader on both computers, I don’t have to log into anything; I just open the program and there they are.

  • Just checked what happened to Google Reader, had no idea, I stopped using it a few years ago.

    I was a pretty hardcore user actually, I remember it was the first thing I did every morning, reading the feeder. But I’ve stopped following and reading hundreds of blogs and websites for some reason.
    Now all the addresses I need, I have them saved in my bookmarks and its enough for me.

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    • Hey Christian! I have more bookmarks than feeds in my reader and I very rarely use bookmarks, to the extent that it’s rare I save any these days unless I’m adding it to the toolbar. The thing is that it does take time and dedication to keep up with lots of feeds; I know how you feel but it’s what I do.

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