There is life after Google Reader. Thank you, Feedly.
I blogged previously about Feedly and its emergence as a top alternative to Google Reader, but truth be told I was a Google Reader dead-ender. I stuck with it all the way until Google shut out the lights, a bit of stubborn denial that probably emanates from the same part of my brain that makes me root for the Sacramento Kings.
And yet, Feedly is here. And I love it. But I didn’t at first.
I don’t want my RSS reader to look like a magazine. I have magazines for that. I don’t want them to look like Facebook. I have Facebook for that. I don’t want it to look like… um you get the idea.
I want my RSS reader to be functional. I want to see every single headline (and just the headline). I don’t need anything fancy, I don’t want any curation at all (I have Twitter for that).
The Feedly desktop view provides roughly this experience in Title Only View, and “All,” which I set as my defaults. The “j” and “k” keyboard shortcuts that navigate between articles works just fine. All fine and dandy.
It was the mobile apps that gave me some trouble. By default, some articles would show up full screen: