Feedly: Yes I Was Wrong

Feedly News Reader

I admit it. I was wrong. (Shocking. ;-))

Ever since Google announced the end of Google Reader friends have been urging me to give Feedly a chance.

Well, I did. My Google Reader feeds took forever to load. There was no way I could put up with that. Feedly was horrible, I decided.

Several people pointed out that with millions of GReader users looking for an alternative just after the news broke that GReader was dead, Feedly might be just a little overloaded.

OK, that sounded reasonable. I decided that I’d try Feedly again, once all the initial angst over the end of GReader died down.

I tried it again today… and it’s FAST and beautiful. My feeds are all there, and they’re easier to navigate than they ever were on GReader. I love Feedly’s “Today” page too, it makes updates much more visible.

Gizmodo says of Feedly:

Feedly sucks up your RSS feeds from Google Reader and spits them back out into a lovely, bright, magazine-style interface that’s as intuitive as it is clean.

Agreed. However, if you read the comments to the above Gizmodo article, you’ll see that not everyone agrees with the “Feedly is WONDERFUL” point of view. Many people don’t. That’s OK. GReader isn’t 100% wonderful either.

After half an hour of tinkering with Feedly — figuring out how to get feeds into it, and working out ways to integrate it into my workflow, I started looking for the manual — the Help files. Here’s the Feedly blog.

These tips are useful to help you to get started with Feedly.

If you’re coming to Feedly from GReader, be aware that your tinkering in Feedly is applied to GReader:

Tip #2 – Define and re-order categories | The feedly “organize sources” page allow you to group sources in categories. You can also change the order of the categories in the navigation bar [Note: if you are a Google Reader user, please note that the changes you make to feedly will also be applied to Google Reader].

I haven’t tried Feedly on iOS yet; one step at a time. I use Reeder on the iPad and iPhone. I’ll be happy to get Feedly integrated with the rest of my apps for now.

Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.

Flipboard 2.0 WOW: Create Your Own Magazines

Flipboard 2.0

I’ve been sulking about the upcoming death of Google Reader. Lots of people have suggested alternatives, one of which was Flipboard. My response: Huh… NO.

Until now.

Flipboard’s been updated.

You can create your own “magazines” on the all-new Flipboard

Flipboard’s coming out with version 2, and judging by the video below, it’s nothing short of amazing. You can compile everything you want to read, or just assemble, into glitzy collections, called Magazines.

Robert Scoble calls it “curation I’ve been waiting for“.

Me too. My mind’s buzzing with ways I can can use this feature for my clients, and for me, too.

If Flipboard’s Magazines work as advertised, my concern about finding a Google Reader replacement won’t be as urgent. I still need an RSS reader, but Flipboard 2.0 opens up a whole new world of possibilities for managing content, and content curation.

Watch the video, you’ll be amazed.

Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.

Will Your Site Die With Google Reader?

Death of Google Reader

If you’re a Web publisher, or do content marketing, some of your website’s traffic comes from Google Reader. Sadly, Google Reader is going away. Soon — on July 1, to be precise.

That’s a worry. What will happen to all those readers who find you via your RSS feed? They may not use Reader directly, but many news readers depend on Google Reader. My own preferred reader, Reeder, certainly does.

When Reader goes, your readers will still get their news fix, but their new news reader may not list your blog.

Check your traffic logs. How much traffic do the news readers send you?

Your traffic might collapse in July. As What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don’t Come Back? | TechCrunch points out:

“As my site has grown, Reader has become an increasingly important way for people to read my site. And it has clearly driven a lot of that growth. That all ends this coming July.”

As many people have pointed out, there’s always email.

Convince your readers to subscribe to your email list

Encourage subscriptions. The challenge is that we all get too much email already, so few people will sign up. I don’t need any more email either. I stuff most of my email in a To Read (one day) folder. We’re all busy.

Is there another solution? Share yours, please.

Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.

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Where’s the Lotus Agenda of 2013?

Lotus Agenda

Many thanks to Taking Note for the pic of Lotus Agenda, I treasure the memory

If you’re as old as I am, you’ll remember Lotus Agenda, the PERFECT (nothing since has come close to replacing it ) Personal Information Manager.

When I heard about Google Keep, Agenda sprang to mind.

I’m not the only one to remember Agenda. In The Atlantic, A Problem Google Has Created for Itself , James Fallows writes:

“Over the eons I’ve been a fan of, and sucker for, each latest automated system to ‘simplify’ and ‘bring order to’ my life. Very early on this led me to the beautiful-and-doomed Lotus Agenda for my DOS computers, and Actioneer for the early Palm. For the last few years Evernote has been my favorite, and I really like it. Still I always have the roving eye.

A slight pause here, while I sniffle in memory of Agenda for a few moments…


Thank you.

As James points out, however, you need to be wary of trusting Google Keep, considering Google’s treatment of Reader. (And Google Notebook before that.)

By the way, if you’re looking for a Google Reader replacement try Kippt, it will help you to sort out your news feeds.

So, where’s the Lotus Agenda replacement, 21 years on?

In brief, nowhere. Lotus Agenda users have been bemoaning its death for two decades. Yes, the program was that brilliant. It came with a couple of huge manuals; I read them diligently. Agenda was worth its weight in gold. In those days of CompuServe, you could automate data collection into Agenda with a couple of clicks.

Some diehard Lotus Agenda users still use the program. Bob Newell has a page of useful links. Before I made the switch back to Macs in 2005, I tried running Lotus Agenda in a DOS environment in Windows. Of course, it didn’t work. Agenda couldn’t interact with anything in Windows, so it defeated the purpose.

My hope is that somewhere there’s a genius developer who’s creating a Lotus Agenda replacement, and will soon launch it to a grateful world. It’s a dream, and we all need dreams.