How To Make Feedly Work Like Google Reader

The guys over at Feedly are working really hard to accommodate the droves of Google Reader migrants (including myself). But Google Reader was/is a very simple, no frills tools that simply gave you want you needed to see and nothing more. Feedly has many more options for you to get your head around, but if you use the right then the experience can be so much more than that of Google Reader.

To help with the migration, the guys over at Feedly have created a “live article” that has a bunch of tips for us Google Reader migrants that are now using Feedly. There’s no real point in me regurgitating the whole article as it is being added too all the time. However, I will give you a couple of my favourite tips from the article. You can read the full article on how to make Feedly work like Google Reader here.


Importing your Google Reader Feeds

This is the most important tip if you ask me. As what’s the point in migrating too Feedly if you can’t use your Google Reader feeds right? This tip couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is sign into Feedly with your Google account and all your feeds will automatically be ported over. How cool is that!


Get a more condensed view

I personally have a tonne of feeds in my account as I am constantly researching and looking for the latest news to bring you guys. This means that I need to be able to get through a lot of information fast, so the default view on Feedly doesn’t really work that well for me. So I make Feedly work like Google Reader by using the title view.

You can click on the gear icon and select the Titles view to get a denser text only experience. If you want assign the titles view to all your feeds and categories, there is a global knob in the preference page.

Feedly Titles view


Starring Articles

This is something I used to do all the time in Google Reader as it meant I could come back to important articles later on. Feedly also offers this functionality in the form of ‘bookmarking’ an article. Simply click on the bookmark button (highlighted in red below) to save it for later.

Feedly Bookmark

There are many more options that you can use to make Feedly work like Google Reader. There are also a tonne of options that make Feedly much more powerful than Google Reader, but the ones listed above are just some of my personal favourites. If you want to keep fully up to date with new features of Feedly then I suggest you keep an eye on their live blog post.

I’ve been using Feedly for over a week now and I’m finding it to be excellent. At first I wasn’t really sure as it’s a lot different than Google Reader. However, now that I have my bearings I’m really starting to like it. What do you guys think of Feedly? Will it ever be able to replace our beloved Google Reader? I personally think it can and it will.

How To Make Feedly Work Like Google Reader
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