You may have heard of popular content discovery / feed reader tools like Flipboard, Google Reader, and Pocket. These are all great and most of us still use them on a daily basis. Recently though, we just found out about a beautiful multi-platform feed reader called Feedly, which makes reading and curating content for social networks extremely fun.
Feedly is a feed reader that aggregates all of your subscriptions, as well as a content discovery platform, with a beautiful layout and some great sharing options for social media – it is definitely a top choice among the competition. Feedly is 100% free and supported on iOS, Android, Kindle, and desktop – for this article we’ll focus on the desktop version.
Right off the bat, you’ll be introduced to a simple and minimalistic layout accompanied by some nice typography. From there, you can add feeds, or even import then from Google Reader. Other options include changing the theme to a different color. There are several layouts to choose from when displaying content from your subscriptions – from the classic list style, to an endless Pinterest-style feed, to a magazine type feed.
One of the best features of Feedly though, is its built in support for sharing to a variety of social networks – which makes it one of our top choices for social media community managers and the like. Some of these supported networks include Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and more while also including Buffer for community managers who need to schedule posts and tweets. You can also save articles to Pocket, Instapaper, and Evernote.
While Feedly drives most of its success off of being a beautified feed reader, it also has a built in content discovery feature which can be accessed by clicking on the compass icon via the right side of the screen. From there, one can search by topic, site, title, or even browse the most common topics and change the language.
Feedly is a definite must try for any Social Media community manager, or for anyone that wants a simple and clean way of reading and discovering online content. Best of all, it’s supportedacross several devices and free for anyone. Let us know what you think of it – what’s your favorite feed reader?