An Early User Report Suggests Feedly’s Search Feature Isn’t Worth $45 a Year
I haven’t signed up myself nor have I been able to find user reviews, so I have been wondering just how well Feedly’s search function worked.
A commenter going by the name if naum reported signing up for Feedly Pro just to get the search feature, and then regretted it:
Paid $45 for the year sub solely for the *Search* feature.
But their implementation of *Search* leaves much to be desired:
1. It’s not responsive — “incremental” (each “iteration” only returns less than a screen full of results, think “infinite scroll”) searches sometimes take 10 seconds or longer or timeout even. That’s simply unacceptable.
2. Search appears to be solely confined to articles within the last 30 days. Why can’t my entire article base be queried? It makes search a lot less useful and in combination with #1, have a hard time justifying why I spent $45.
3. Special characters (i.e., ‘%’) cause an error page to be returned. Looks like it goes directly into the URL query string unescaped as if it is escaped (i.e., ‘%25? for ‘%’) then the search will run.
Not asking for my money back at least at this juncture, but it sure is shoddy business to charge customers for a half-baked product.
I haven’t used Feedly’s search feature, so I cannot comment. Does this report match with your experience?
I’d love to read what your opinion on the service, and so would everyone who is still contemplating whether to sign up for Feedly Pro. $5 a month is a lot to pay for a service if it doesn’t work very well.
P.S. The reason I didn’t sign up for Feedly Pro was that I had already paid for BazQux which has all of the same features for less money.
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