Four days have passed since Google announced the imminent death of Google Reader, and at least one claimants for the news reader crown is enjoying the boom in business.
Feedly is adding servers and bandwidth right and left, but more importantly they are actively trying to recruit Google Reader users by offering the reading experience we want.
I tried Feedly the night that that the news broke and I didn't like it for a host of reasons. This site had been moved off my list of possible GR replacements because of design issues like gray text on a gray background but once I read about Feedly's near-term plans I decided to keep an eye on it.
Feedly is far too prettified for my tastes, but they understand that their service won't appeal to hard-core Google Reader users so they have put together a blog post with some tips on how to make feedly less pretty and more functional like:
A lot of Google Reader users use their reader as a research/curation tool and need to be able to crunch through a lot of articles very fast. When you are in a feed or category page, you can click on the gear icon and select the Titles view to get a denser text only experience. If you want assign the titles view to all your feeds and categories, there is a global knob in the preference page.
Okay, I tried that tip and it doesn't actually work, but still.
Feedly is showing that they really understand what I want out of their service, and that is enough for me to put Feedly back on the list of possibilities.
Unlike Zite, which launched a new Google Reader content section (but probably won't ever lose their prettified reading theme), or Digg, which has only promised to start developing a GR replacement, or Opera, which is lacking in basic features, Feedly is being proactive in at least talking about the features I need.
There's no guarantee that they will actually adopt any of the features, but the fact that Feedly sees the problem gives me hope. And if nothing else it does not hurt to watch them while at the same time I continue to look for a replacement for Google Reader.