Caboodle of the Week | Feedly | Everything Everything | Steve Dotto
Site | Feedly, an Excellent Alternative to Google Reader
No sooner than I write an article about how to automate your Twitter feed using Google Reader, than notice is served that Google Reader will be retired come the summer. The reaction to this decision has been quite incredible, but history tells us that they are not likely to change their plans.
Though I depend on Google Reader’s search of useful information to stimulate my writing, or to disperse information to those who follow me in social media, there are alternatives, some of which I had already started evaluating (albeit for curiosity, versus a corrective action plan).
So, I’m going to take a deep dive into Feedly first. Here is why:
1. It’s a multi-platform solution (like many, I don’t just read on my iOS device, but on my Mac too).
2. It has an intuitive, clean, user-friendly interface. It provides several viewing options ranging from Titles (which allows me to quickly scan headlines, versus reading full articles), Magazine, Mosaic, Cards, and Full Articles.
3. It appears to have the ability to convert and then maintain my subscriptions from Google Reader (independent of Google Reader).
4. It recently announced integration with Buffer, which is the key to my automation curation process.
It’s in its early days yet, but this is one of the contenders. With an application’s demise we quickly see alternatives appear as developers and entrepreneurs evaluate the opportunity.
Song |Everything Everything Duet
Everything Everything are a pop band based in Manchester, UK, with members hailing from Northumberland, Kent and Guernsey. Their sound is a combination of many influences; to a tuned ear you will hear Coldplay, Radiohead and some of the uniqueness from the factory days in the late 80’s and early 90’s (and even a little Michael Jackson). I stumbled across the band this week, but they have been around since 2007. I’m going to check out their other material based on this song.
Person |Steve Dotto Technophile
Steve has spent 15 years teaching Canadians how to use and embrace technology, and he offers a highly unique perspective on the changing world. I used to watch his TVO show on a regular basis. He was, in my opinion, one of the leads in bringing technology news and advice to the general public.
Steve, through his Blog and Youtube channel, addresses everything from the gadgets and platforms you should embrace or ignore to controlling your cyber safety. Check out Steve at http://dottotech.com and his weekly column at Canada.com.