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Tuesday, 04 June 2013 05:50

Feedly picks up where Google Reader left off


RSS startup Feedly has detailed its plans to pick up Google Reader “refugees” in a new blog post.

In the post, titled ‘Feedly is listening: the roadmap you helped us shape’, the company outlined its upcoming agenda, along with growth numbers that show users are flocking to the aggregation service after the news that Google Reader is to be no more.

“Feedly has been growing organically by 4% per week since September 2012. That growth accelerated in March 2013 when Google announced that they are retiring Google Reader and a majority of the Google Reader refugees choose feedly as their new home,” the company said.

Feedly conducted a survey, in which tens of thousands of users had their say on where Feedly should be headed, and what new features were needed to keep it up to date and cutting-edge.

Interestingly, support for Windows Phone and Windows 8 came in at number four in the list of most requested features, despite modest sales in both configurations of the operating system.

The rest of the post reads as follows.

Here are three interesting metrics:
● About 70% of the users who are trying feedly for the first time are converting into active users.
● The average reading session time has grown from 8 min, 16 min, 38 min on phones, tablets, and desktops to 13 min, 27 min, 59 min respectively.
● The number of shared content has grown 10x, with an almost even distribution across Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

The lion’s share of this success is due to the fact that we have a vocal community and a design and development team who loves to listen. More than 3,500 ideas and tens of thousands of votes have been submitted to feedly.uservoice.com over the last sixty days.

We have been releasing incremental updates targeted at making feedly a more efficient reader and simplifying the transition from Google Reader.

Based on feedback from our users, here are the top features on our roadmap:

1) Speed
2) Search within my feedly
3) Pure web access
4) Windows Phone and Windows 8
5) Improved group sharing
6) Bug fixes

We are also hearing from users that saving their feeds is not enough. One of the key features of Google Reader was that they had an ecosystem of apps - apps that people loved and depended upon.

To deliver on this point, as part of our Normandy project, we have been working with the developers of Reeder, Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader to refine the feedly API.

We are teaming up with all of these companies and are excited to announce that you will be able to access your feedly from all of these applications and more before Google Reader retires. More on this later this month when we release the next version of feedly.

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