Google Reader's Loss Is Feedly's Gain—To The Tune Of 500K New Users

Not bad for 36 hours' work.

It appears Google Reader's loss has been Feedly's gain.

Feedly published the news in a blog post at the beginning of the weekend, writing that half a million users had made the leap from Mountain View's tool to the small-fry news aggregator with the big ambitions. Feedly has become so popular, that it has jumped to the top of the App Store's free apps for iPhone. (And its servers have sagged under the added heft.)

On Wednesday evening, Google announced that it was discarding its RSS news aggregator. Fast Company's subsequent round-up of good Google Reader alternatives placed Feedly at the top of the tree (not that we're claiming any glory, mind you).

A Change.org petition urging the firm to reconsider, which garnered around 25,000 signatories on Thursday morning, stood at 126,641 at the time of this writing.

So, Google Reader users, have you ditched it in favor of a younger, more attractive model? If so, which one would that be? Are you happy with your choice? How do you think the other aggregators will fare? Responses below as always, please.

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  • Lety

    I loved reader simply because I could read all my articles in one spot and not worry about my workplace blocking GOOGLE, impossible!  I can see Feedly being blocked after a couple of weeks.  :(

  • Gautam Sampathkumar

    Hi Guys,

    If what you want is the ability to skim large #s of headlines, organize lots of feeds, label them, tag articles for later reading in one fast unobtrusive "no magazine layout" reader, SwarmIQ is your choice.
    Sign up at http://www.swarmiq.com/registe... , click on the Google reader icon to get all your feeds, and get up and running straight away.
    Disclosure: I'm on the team that built this site :-) Also, we don't have "Google Alerts" type functionality yet.

  • Guy Bailey

    I use Reader on my desktop and Newsrob on my android which I love.  Of course, Newsrob is powered on the backend by, guess what?, so it's future is now up in the air.

    I wonder if Google have truly considered the ramifications of their decision?

  • JennPeeler

    I love Feedly in the browser and use it all day, every day.  However, I continue to be disappointed by the illogical organization and interface of their Android App.  I got the app over 6 months ago and still have trouble figuring out where to go to mark an article as read - not to mention the inability for feedly to sync between my app and my browser. So, in short, I'd say it's a love/hate relationship

  • Tom LaForce

    I made the leap and like Michael, am wishing it would automatically mark items as read. Maybe it does, but if so, it's not obvious to me as of yet.

  • Ryker Morgan

    You can mark items as read automatically via their website view or with the mobile apps through the settings or preferences.

  • Michael Tedesco

    As soon as I read the announcement from Google it was search time. I have been testing out Feedly for a week but sadly, I am not all that pleased. The primary reason for using an RSS reader is to pour over the hundreds of feeds I have for articles that pique my interest. With Reader, I do this by simply scrolling headlines or abstracts. Once I have scrolled past an article Google marks it as read, which is convenient since I do not want to be presented with that article on the next pass and I do not want to have to manually mark each item as read. So far, Feedly has failed in this area. Also - and imagine this is due to the half a million new users - Feedly has been buggy as all get out. For now, I reserve judgement and continue to use Reader.

  • Ryker Morgan

    You can change the settings on the mobile app and browser view to auto mark as read.