Keeping up with my Feedly

A few years ago, bookmarks were they way to keep up with websites updates. Manually we had to bookmark websites we needed it, or personally had an interest for. We had to return to regularly check if anything was updated from that website we saved once. As the user we had to do most of the work, most of the times it was hard to find that specific bookmark we once saved because there were other 20 bookmarks in that same place. If the websites were not updated often, as a user we would end up reading and absorbing the same information we read on the previous weeks.

Nowadays, millions of web users around the world are keeping track of their important/favorite websites through a software like Feedly. According to Feedly; Feedly is a news reader application for various web browsers and mobile devices, that compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others. It uses a RSS file that provides users with a method of getting all the relevant and up to date information sent to the reader and so for the user to read in its own time.

IT’S A FILE THAT MOST WEBSITES UPDATE WITH THEIR NEWEST BLOG POSTS, VIDEOS, DEALS AND MORE, SO YOU CAN “SUBSCRIBE” TO SITES AND HAVE NEW CONTENT AUTOMATICALLY PUSHED TO YOU.

Feedly acts as content curation platform which simply means the process of sorting, arranging, and placing found content into specific themes or groups created by the user, and then publishing that information according to each type of content that is updated. Feedly works just like any subscription, periodically new content is received and placed in your feed reader.

Just last month when I needed to compile a whole lot of websites for a written research project, I went for the basic and used “bookmarks manager” on google chrome. Just this week, I learned something new from the web again and decided to quickly setup an account to figure out how this platform works and could have made my research time a little better.

Screenshot of my personal feedly: Discover and Follow Page

There are many feed readers available in the web; such as, Feed Reader, Feedbin, Newsblur etc. But Feedly is popular, from just looking at it, it appears as a clean and a simple platform that is probably easy to use and work around. Designed to build your personalized newsfeed, the platform begins by showcasing the “Discover and Follow” page which you can search by the title, the URL or the topic of your desired content. As well, the user can select from the popular sources or a curated group of sites that are focused around the same topics. Once the site is selected, the user can add them to a specific “collection”, add custom tags, mark a site to “save for later”, and share to any social media platforms.

After adding some feeds to my Feedly, I notice the different features that the platform offers to make the space as personal as the user may want.

The pictures below showcases the different ways the content feed can be presented; it is the user’s choice in which view they prefer to see their content. Not only can the user select they way their content is presented but they can select a variety of settings like Mark as Read each of the articles, blog posts or links by “older than one day “or “older than a week”. As well, there are Filters like “unread only”, “oldest first”, “remove subscription” that are also available to check on/off and finally choose between reading directly on the primary source or reading it from Feedly.

Screenshots of my personal feedly: Left to Right ( Magazine, Cards, Full Articles, Grouped by Feeds)

As I am using Feedly, it is without a doubt the ease and simplistic method of grouping content in a single platform, that allows me to personalize my content and any information I need in the way I want and the easier system for me to read. Ultimately, Feedly was a great site, it helped me feel organized and save time when filtering various topics and stories I was interested in. I am continuously using it to keep on top of my interests.