Feedly – an alternative to the now discontinued Google Reader for RSS feeds

July 30th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

feedlyWhen we featured RSS feeds – updates from various websites delivered directly to you a while back, we suggested Google Reader as a tool to help you gather various RSS feeds in one place, to organize them into groups and to allow you to quickly scroll through the updates without having to visit multiple sites.

Unfortunately, Google Reader was discontinued this July and we had to look for alternatives.

In our search we came across feedly, a simple to use tool that lets you to collect feeds from various websites.

You simply add the url, title or #topic you are interested in and feedly starts setting up the feed for you.

Here is how we added the Employment Ontario Partners’ Gateway (EOPG) feed to feedly:

  1. Click on the RSS button on the EOPG website and copy the website address http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/eopg.xml

  2. Paste this address into feedly’s “add content” box and below you will see a box that says “1 more dormant sites”

  3. Click on that text and you will see the EOPG site displayed

  4. Click on EOPG and select the category you would like to add it to (we used literacy field but you can create any category you want)

  5. From now on, the latest updates from EOPG will come to your feedly account

  6. You can add other websites that have RSS feeds as well. In the image above, you will see that we also added the AlphaPlus blog.

Feedly allows you to choose various preferences, set up colour themes and display the feed information in different layouts. It’s also available as an App for phones and tablets.

Visit http://feedly.uservoice.com/ for information and guides on how to use feedly.

If you decide to give feedly a try, let us know about your experience and if you found it useful.