Ok, so you’re not a casual surfer. When you browse the web, you find places you like and you’d like to stay up-to-date on them. The problem is, you find a lot of places you like. Keeping up with them can be a challenge.
The best way I know of keeping track of websites are “Rich Site Summaries”. RSS feeds automatically pull in updates from websites you subscribe to. These feeds are funnelled into feed readers or aggregators.
Google Reader is a popular feed reader. But, not unlike many feed readers, it kinda sucks. To be fair, Google Reader and others provide great features and are simple to use. When I’m browsing through pages of RSS entries, I’d sort of like it to be pretty.
Feedly is just that. Pretty. Neat. Simple. As far as the desktop is concerned, I haven’t found a better RSS reader. It feels like a magazine, and I can say I actually prefer getting my content via Feedly rather than the websites themselves. Add to that their companion apps and I’m sold (Chrome, iOS, Android, Safari, Firefox.)
If you already use Google Reader, just sync your account. Once you connect your Google account to Feedly, you’ll be able to add RSS feeds just be clicking on the RSS icon you see on websites. Even better, you can add sites simply be searching for them in the Feedly RSS search engine.
Connect your Facebook account and get a recent posts feed. Connect your Twitter account and get a feed of the recent articles tweeted by those you follow. You can share any entry to your favorite social networks without leaving the article.
Feedly is sleek and immensely useful. Once you’re setup, you’ll wonder how you did without it. If you’re overloaded with all the websites you follow, give yourself this treat. If you’re looking for the best RSS feed reader for the desktop, you’ll find it in Feedly.