Chances are, you’ve heard the news that the end of Google Reader is rapidly approaching (officially finished on July 1st), and with just about a month of operation left, I finally decided on a feed management system to continue keeping track all of the sites I follow…
I wanted to make sure that I chose the best option for me, so I exported my list to both BlogLovin’ and Feedly, and have been giving each a bit of a test-drive. May sound a little overboard to some, but when you’re as immersed in the blogging world as I am, the method of keeping track of everything is pretty important!
As of right now, Feedly is definitely the front runner for me, and here are just a few reasons why I’m a big fan:
- Clean design with lots of customization options… and I especially love that if you have your feeds organized into sections (either before or after the import), you have the ability to use different settings for each one.
- Love the option to view your summarized posts on single lines, as thumbnails, or in a traditional chronological stream.
- Like Google Reader, blogs can be sorted into folders and tagged – This makes going back and finding things later a breeze!
- Social network and other sharing options are made very easy, and you can even PIN from the in-app posts without having to click through, and it actually links back to the original URL! So amazing when you’re as addicted to Pinterest as I am. :)
- Importing and setup was really easy. If you’re already using a reader, it’s literally one or two clicks of a button.
- One thing to note (makes me a little nervous): Feedly is currently running with Google Reader functioning in the background. The good news is that Feedly is building its own back-end that will activate on July 1st when Reader ends, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s stays just as amazing as it currently is.
- The mobile app is incredible and was pretty much what sealed the deal for me. I read 90% of the blogs I follow while I’m on the road, and having a well-designed and functional app is key!
Bloglovin’ has quite a few of the same strong points (clean design, organization, super-easy importing/set-up), but there are just a few small things that I don’t care for: they’ve made it tricky to click through to the original URL which makes pinning a little tough, and I’ve recently begun to see ads interspersed between each post.
It’s really just a matter of preference, but I’m actually happier with Feedly than I was using Google Reader in the first place, so win-win for little ol’ me. :)