Google Reader will soon join my youthful enthusiasm in the great realm of non-existence, and I wanted to take a little time to recommend Feedly as an alternative for those who follow this blog through an RSS feed.
Okay, so you might ask, “What is an RSS feed and do I need to bring extra napkins?” RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and is basically a standardized format for the delivery of syndicated information from our internet overlords. I’ve also heard it called Really Simple Syndication, which is actually a better description, I suppose. You might ask, “Well, if I can’t eat it, then what does an RSS feed do for me?” Let’s say you have a favorite magazine. You’ve read this magazine enough to know that you want to buy it every month, so instead of going to the bookstore or supermarket, you decide to subscribe to that magazine. That’s great, right? Now you don’t have to worry about missing an issue because as soon as the magazine is published, it shows up in your mailbox. It’s too bad you have to wait so long between issues. An RSS feed for a website is like having a magazine subscription where you receive each article as it is published. An RSS reader, like Feedly, checks the feeds of all of your favorite sites for new posts and then brings all of those posts into a single interface.
Google Reader had been my reader of choice until I tried Feedly. I tend to read articles on my iPhone, and the Feedly app makes it really easy to get through lots of information. Feedly will sync across your mobile interface and your desktop. The iPhone app is extremely easy to use and responds to a series of simple touch and swipe commands. The view for each feed can be customized, which I appreciate, because I subscribe to a few sites that put out dozens of articles every day, and I have those feeds set up to appear as a simple list, which allows me to quickly skim the titles. Sites that post infrequently, like this one, are set up to appear in a larger, more complete, format.
If I don’t have time to read an article right away, I can mark it as saved for later and then take a look at it on my desktop. You can also modify Feedly’s default save for later feature to save articles to another program like Pocket
Adding a site to Feedly is very easy. For example, if you wanted to add this blog to Feedly, you would search for gameguythinks and then add the feed from gameguythinks.com, NOT the feed from the old play2relax site that no longer exists, even though that will come up as well. That’s a little frustrating, but I don’t know what to do about it.
I still haven’t solved the problem of using a reader like Feedly and also taking the time to leave comments on the actual website. I suppose I should just get used to using my iPhone for making comments, but I really don’t like typing more than a word or two on that little thing. I don’t care how smart it is. Anyway, I highly recommend Feedly!