Did Feedly take over your RSS life the second Google Reader disappeared? Did you know it could be better? Much better?
Well, it’s true. Feedly lovers have been using Chrome extensions to tweak every little feature and annoyance to make things exactly how they like them. And you can also enjoy the benefits of these awesome Feedly features by installing a handful of extensions. Here’s what you want.
I’ll start with the Feedly app as it’s the official one. It also comes with Feedly Mini, which I’ll talk about next.
Now, it’s worth noting that Feedly is a web app, so there isn’t any real need to get this official app, unless you’re a fan of using Chrome apps. If you’re a Chromebook user, getting the Feedly App means you’ll see it in your shelf, which makes it all the more likely you’ll read your feeds.
Feedly Mini at first annoyed me as it got in the way of a few things, but when I started using IFTTT recipes based on Feedly tags (adding tasks to Todoist among other things), this little extension became my most-loved, most-used extension of all.
You see, whenever you’re on a page of a site with an RSS feed, this little icon pops up in the lower right-hand side of the page. When you click the icon, you can add a tag to the article, save it for later or subscribe to the feed all from that menu. So, once you start using it regularly, it becomes extremely powerful. And addictive. And SO powerful.
If you’re not a fan of floating icons and extra items in your toolbar, the Feedly Subscribe Button might be your thing. This adds a subscribe button to your omnibar (the place where you type) whenever you’re on a page of a site with an RSS feed. Simple and perfect.
It’s also worth mentioning there is an extension called Add To Feedly which is really similar to Feedly Subscribe Button, but places the icon in the toolbar. When “Add to Feedly” got bought by an ad company, the fans of that extension’s functionality started flocking to Feedly Subscribe Button, despite it being possible to opt-out of the adverts. You decide.
Feedly Tool is an extension that changes the regular web view of Feedly.com. It adds all sorts of nifty functions, like being able to mark the items above a certain point as read, but it can take a while to get used to.
SmartNews is a slick little tool specifically designed to let you sort your feeds by how many likes each article has received. To use it, you actually need to be viewing a single feed or a folder in title-only mode, then you’ll see the sort button appear at the top. You can also use this tool to delete items above or below a certain point in the list.
With Multicolumn for Feedly, you see your articles with two or more columns of text and much less whitespace. Multicolumn for Feedly is for those of us who like to see as much of the article at the top as possible — that is, everyone using a small laptop screen.
The default when you click on an article in Feedly is to have a lot of whitespace at the edges and a scrolling article in the center. This extension makes the article much more readable on a small screen. In fact, for feeds that don’t offer the full feed, you can often see all of what’s available without scrolling when Multicolumn for Feedly is installed.
The Feedly Notifier is a tool that you are going to have a love-hate relationship with. For starters, you get an icon in your toolbar that you can choose to have showing a counter or not. Secondly, you have the option of getting a notification every time there’s a new post.
You can tell it to just monitor one category of your feeds — it’s not all or nothing. But, if you follow as many feeds as I do, this extension could still drive you insane if you don’t set things up right. Do yourself a favor and make a category in Feedly just for this extension.
A very similar extension is Feedly Checker, which does mostly the same as above, except you can’t tell it to monitor just one category. If that’s okay for you and you’d like to check out a slightly different interface, give it a try.
If all you need is the unread count in your toolbar and notifications, Feedly Counter has you covered. It’s dead simple and would be ideal for moderate Feedly users.
Feedly Plus is a simple Chrome extension that lightly alters the way you view Feedly on the web. The changes are really subtle, like removing the “All” category, bolding the category names, marking the previous items as read, showing an unread count in the icon and other simple, but useful tweaks.
This extension is for power Feedly users who love the Feedly keyboard shortcuts, yet want new tabs to be opened in the background so they can keep browsing. Instead of pressing V to open articles in a new tab, the default for this extension lets you press ; to open in a background tab. You can also change this default key to something else. So beautifully simple, yet perfectly useful.
Feedly Preview Window is an almost identical extension to Feedly background tab, however it does come with a snazzy video to show you how it works.
Which Feedly Chrome Extensions Do You Use?
Are you all about the keyboard shortcuts? Do you live and breathe IFTTT recipes (and love Feedly Mini because of it)? Which notifier suits you and why? Tell us about it.