If you are using Google Reader as your main RSS feed application you have probably started to evaluate other RSS readers to find the best suited alternative for you. The web-based and mobile reader Feedly seems to be a popular choice, considering that more than 500,000 Google Reader users made the switch to the service in the 48 hours after Google's announcement of its retirement. It is not clear how many of those users will stick with the service or decided to use another service as their main RSS feed reader.
The first thing that I noticed after joining Feedly was that it favored a newspaper style by default which may look pretty but is not really practicable if you are subscribed to hundreds of feeds and need to browse a thousand or so articles each day. The layout may work well if you are subscribed to a dozen feeds though.
I began to check out options to optimize Feedly for speed, to browse new RSS feed items in the least amount of time possible without skipping vital information in the process. I like to browse titles only for that as it speeds up the process significantly. I do not need excerpts or images for that anymore as it is slowing me down, and if something sounds interesting, I can still access those information with a click.
The magazine view displays a total of five posts on a 1920x1200 monitor in full screen mode.
And now look at the titles view mode instead and tell me which view mode you'd prefer if you'd have to browse more than a thousand posts per day.
To change the view mode, simply click on the settings icon at the top right and switch from Magazine to Titles.Note that you need to perform that operation for every folder that you have. You can however open the preferences and change the default layout from magazine to condensed.
While we are at it, you may want to switch to latest here in regards to the start screen to get a chronological listing of feeds on it with the newest items at the top.
Your layout will differ from the one you see on the screenshot above as I further enhanced it with the Readly userscript. The script makes several modifications to Feedly, including making the layout more compact to reduce the amount of white space, and using the full width of the browser window to display contents.
Another feature that you may like is the support for keyboard shortcuts. Just press ? while on Feedly to display the list of shortcuts on the screen.
You can tap on r to refresh the data, use gm or ga to display today's or the latest news items, use j and k or n and p to select the next or the previous article, m to mark as read, e to email and t to tweet about it.
A couple of things are missing that I'd like to see implemented in the future. It is not really that easy to mark an item as read. For that, you need to expand the title on the page, or use mark as read button at the top but that is marking all news items on the page as read.
It seems easier right now to open the first item on the page and browse through all items on that page using the j shortcut. I guess you can also just browse to the very end of the feed stream in one go and then use the mark all as read option to mark all items on that page as read.
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