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Google Reader demise sees Feedly gain 3 million users

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by Stephanie Mlot, 02 Apr 2013News
Google Reader demise sees Feedly gain 3 million users

The demise of Google Reader has left users in search of a replacement for the popular RSS tool, and Feedly appears to be reaping the benefits - to the tune of 3 million new members.

"We've had two crazy, wonderful weeks," the Feedly team wrote in a blog post, which also announced the release of a new version of Feedly Mobile.

Since Google announced that it would shut down Reader on 1 July, Feedly has become a haven for Reader "refugees," as Feedly called them. But the company has also felt the pressure to keep up with the onslaught of new users. It promised to add hardware "as quickly as we can" to make the transition seamless.

Helping with that is the Feedly Mobile update, available on Android and iOS. It introduces a new way to search for and discover feeds even faster, with smart topic completion and the "Must Reads" tab, which features new promoted posts from feeds that bubble up to the top of the "Today" feed. Users can also pull to refresh, and switch to title-only view to scan headlines.

Meanwhile, sharing and saving articles just got a lot easier, with the addition of Google+ support and new settings that allow users to select which sharing options to display on the main toolbar. Prefer sharing articles via Twitter? The micro-blogging network's bird icon will remain in the top right corner of the app for one-tap sharing. Want to save that in-depth Game of Thrones review to read later? Pocket and Instapaper are at your fingertips.

The Chrome, Firefox, and Safari Feedly add-ons recently got a boost, as well, with a handful of new features aimed at making the transition from Google Reader a bit smoother.

Feedly is not the only company working on a Reader replacement. Online news aggregator Digg is also prepping its own service.

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