If you’re a big fan of RSS feeds for getting your daily dose of news and fun, then you’ll love Feedly. It’s one of the most stylish, intuitive ways to read RSS feeds and Twitter content. So, Firefox users will also be pleased to note that it’s available as a Firefox extension and works beautifully in the browser.
Feedly is designed for people who like to read just their favourite RSS and social media content, but who are sick of the standard one-after-the-other format of most RSS readers. There’s a reason people browse newspapers and magazines for enjoyment: they’re well-designed to make important news stand out and to make a feature of any great pictures to go with articles. Feedly does this too, which is why you’ll love it.
Grab Feedly For Firefox
The way Feedly works is that you install the Firefox extension first, then you access the Feedly content through the Feedly.com site. You can access the Feedly page by clicking on the Feedly icon in your toolbar. If you have done this much then you’ll see a page full of interesting popular Feedly content waiting for you on the Feedly site. A few items might show up because of your location, but most of it will be chosen from the most popular feeds in Feedly.
Customise Your Feedly Page
Now, to make Feedly amazing you really need to start an account and customise your feeds and social networks. Feedly works closely with Google Reader RSS feeds, so it should come as no surprise that you need to log in to Feedly using your Google account. Feedly will then regenerate your Feedly page using your RSS feeds from Google Reader.
The link with Google Reader is two-way, so when you mark items as read or starred in Feedly it will be marked as such in Google Reader too. This is fantastic news for people who use Google Reader to share content with friends or who use Google Reader on other devices. It also means that if you organise your feeds within Feedly the changes will be reflected in Google Reader.
If you head up to your email address in the top-right there’s a drop-down menu where you can access your preferences in Feedly. This will let you choose which social networks to feature in Feedly and nominate things like exactly how and when items will be marked as read.
It’s also possible to re-design where your content is shown by choosing “Organize Contents” from the same menu. Another way to customise Feedly is to access “Change Theme” to pick a new theme.
To add social networks, you will need to use the login buttons within the relevant sections on your Feedly page. You can choose to have YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, etc. show up within Feedly if you like.
Basic Use Of Feedly
Once you start using Feedly, you’ll begin by using their “Today” format. You’ll see that the top area is reserved for posts that Feedly deems the most interesting of the content you’re subscribed to. It’s bright, eyecatching and generally well chosen content.
Next up, you’ll see different folders of feeds from your Google RSS on the left, while on the right you’ll see Twitter updates and other social network results. It’s all nicely spaced out and colourful to keep you engaged.
When you browse your way to the bottom of the page, you can mark the whole page of content as read and start again with fresh content.
If you’re keen to read posts quickly in a list, you can switch to the “Latest” view and use keyboard shortcuts to navigate quickly through the posts.
Other Ways To Access Feedly
Feedly is not just available in Firefox. It’s also available as a Chrome extension and for various mobile devices, so you can keep using Feedly as your main RSS reader and social network catch-up anywhere you go.
There are plenty of great RSS readers, and many recently have taken to the magazine style format. If you want to see some similar alternatives, check out iPad RSS readers such as Flipboard.and
What do you use to read RSS? Do you like the Feedly layout?