RSS Reader Feedly updated with 10 new features

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 28, 2013

The RSS Reader Feedly seems to have been a favorite choice of Google Reader users looking for a new home for their feeds, as more than 500,000 users made the switch to Feedly in the first 48 hours after the announcement of closure. While it is not clear how many of them stayed with the service, and how many signed up to test it next to other readers, it is fairly certain that the service benefited from Google's announcement.

Today the company announced that it has updated Feedly for Chrome, Safari and Firefox adding ten new features to the browser extensions. The company notes that Firefox and Safari users need to update the extension manually. Note that it is necessary to download the latest version from the Feedly website and not the Mozilla Add-ons repository as it does not seem to have been updated since October 2012.

Of the ten features that Feedly integrated into its reader today, two stick out as they move the service closer to Google Reader. When you open Feedly, you will immediately notice that the list view has been updated. What you previously could only achieve with a userscript for Feedly is now implemented in a native fashion. The denser list view gets rid of larger areas of white space to provide users who only browse titles with a compact view.

feedly rss compact view

Even better in my opinion are two new keyboard shortcuts, n and p which let you browse through articles faster marking them read when you hit them without opening them in another view mode.

As far as the remaining eight changes go, here is the list:

  • You can now sort feeds and categories alphabetically.
  • The left selector menu has been updated, offering better contrasts and less caps.
  • View modes can now be switched directly on a page using one of the icons that are displayed on it.
  • Saving is now faster, just hit S to save the currently selected item. This is similar to starring items in Google REader.
  • The recommendations algorithm has been improved.
  • LinkedIn integration, you can now share to the service.
  • Memory optimizations including memory leak fixes and no refreshes while you are reading articles.
  • Firefox, Chrome and Safari versions are now updated at the same time.

Feedly is moving into the right direction with the latest changes. I only wish the company would upload the latest version of its browser extension for Firefox to the official Mozilla Add-ons repository as well so that users can utilize the automatic update feature of the browser and sleep a bit safer thanks to Mozilla's review.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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