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Feedly is a revelation, somewhat like the first time you use Gmail, this is a fantastic RSS reader, really fantastic.
It is a big change to the way I normally consume RSS content, something more like a constantly updating newspaper… but not really, because it is its own thing.
And you have fantastic opportunities for customisation, and you can use it in various different ways depending on how much time you have.
How have I missed this for so long?!?
Diving straight in, this is what Feedly looks like once I was finished messing about learning how things worked.
Below is a Titles View zoomed in – Use the n (next) and p (previous) keys to read each atticle and r to refresh.
Keyboard Shortcuts Help is Shift+?. A hidden shortcut that works is Shift+s for sharing/liking.
Use the keyboard shortcut gg:
Now start typing for where you want to go.
Below is the view you see if you have zoomed in, the controls are hidden on the left.
On my smaller work screens this is a good view…
The next view shows the Organise popup.
Here is a feed (BBC News) which is part of the group called “Main”, clicking the cog icon allows you to set “Open Directly”
Clicking the “edit” button to the right of the title, allows you to set “Must Read”.
Search icon on the right
You can search or copy and paste RSS feeds or url’s in here…
Scroll down for a lot more. Here I could ‘add all’ to the Photograph stuff… or keep on searching.
Once you have a few feeds you can now organise them into groups…
Note that you can move items between groups (by drag and drop ), but you cannot order items in the group, this took me some getting used to, but it makes sense when you see how Feedly works.
You can order the way groups are shown, just move them around until you are happy.
Before: Main, Tech, Linux, Bored.
Now: Main, Linux, Tech, Bored.
When I have a lot of articles to read I kick the zoom up and just remove all the controls from my view.
I set-up a dedicated Google Account just for Feedly, this is to be used at home (Linux), at work (Windows) and on my phone (Android).
The thinking here was that I don’t want to compromise the security of my main account by using it to sign in at a work machine just to use Feedly.
I was previously using “RSS Live Links” as my RSS reader, so I first exported to an OPML file.
Next I imported to Google Reader.
Finally Feedly synch’s with Google Reader.
Feedly Chrome Log in:
Feedly Chrome, (There is a Feedly Plus but I don’t need the Icon in the tool-bar).
You will need to have a Google Account to install Feedly.
Connecting Feedly to Google Reader.
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Written by SilverWav
March 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm
Posted in Feature
Tagged with Feedly, Google Reader, lifehacker, RSS Live Links
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