Over 500,000 Google Reader users defect to Feedly

Google may state that its Google Reader service has seen its usage decline over the years, but the RSS service certainly has even less subscribers than it did Wednesday, when Google made the surprise announcement that it would shut down Google Reader on July 1st.

This weekend, the Feedly service announced on its blog that over 500,000 users of Google Reader have already made the switch to using Feedly. As you might expect, that surge of new users has put a strain on Feedly's infrastructure but the company says it has added new servers and increased its bandwidth by 10 times its previous limit to deal with the increased traffic.

Feedly offers a RSS plug in for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox web browsers in addition to offering free iOS and Android apps. In fact the Feedly iOS app jumped up this week to become the number one free downloaded app on iTunes. It has also been working on a project that's basically a clone of Google Reader, using the Google Reader API. Feedly claims that when Google Reader does shut down, users who are now using Feedly should experience a seamless transition.

Google has made no indication it plans to change its mind about shutting down Google Reader. An online petition that asks Google to do just that has now generated over 122,000 signatures as of this writing.

Source: Feedly | Image via Feedly

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"..but the RSS service certainly has even less subscribers..."

My eyes! My eyes! It doesn't have even less subscribers, it has even fewer subscribers. Shame on you, Sir. Shame on you!

Finally, they are hardly defecting when Google invited them to find another service.

My main problem with Feedly is that the web version doesn't support auto-marking posts as read as you scroll down in the feed, and for that matter, doesn't do an infinte scroll mode like Google Reader. It makes the web version much more tedious to use when browsing articles unless I'm missing something.

Curiously though, their mobile versions do support auto-reading. But I prefer reading on a desktop or laptop if I'm sitting in front of one.

Don't spout such nonsense. Google aren't the first and wont be the last company to shut down a service they deem to be unnecessary. It's not about "trust" it's simply a case of people using a service.

Just tried it out, and I don't think it's for me for many reasons.

1. I don't want to have to install an extension, I just want a web page. I want to roll up to any computer and be able to browse my RSS feed. I don't want to have to install something on my Dads computer for example so I can browse my RSS. Feedly isn't even useable on IE, it tries to install the Firefox extension. That's just dumb.

2. The Android app is just shocking. A pure example of style over functionality. It looks great, but I can't even begin to fathom how I would be able to use it to just read my feed. It's missing even the simplest options like being able to sort into reverse date order (oldest first), and anything resembling an off-line mode which is absolutely essential.

I'm still holding out hope that Google will see the error of their ways and change their minds.

People need to be patient IMO. Google are about to leave a massive hole in the market, and its likely that we're going to see a lot of new Reader-esque sites appear in the next 3-4 months. My suggestion to al those affected would be to wait until the last minute, and then pick the best from what appears.

I haven't tried them yet, but I wish they would make a web interface that doesn't require a browser extension. I don't like the security permissions that their extension is requesting.

Chugworth said,
I haven't tried them yet, but I wish they would make a web interface that doesn't require a browser extension. I don't like the security permissions that their extension is requesting.

Yeah it's stopping me from switching too.

Chugworth said,
I haven't tried them yet, but I wish they would make a web interface that doesn't require a browser extension. I don't like the security permissions that their extension is requesting.

Yeah, what's up with that? It's a shame cause I really like the UI.

Rohdekill said,
Since it isn't July 1st yet, they did leave on their own.

Wrong. They know it is coming so why prolong the inevitable when the app won't receive any updates ever. I left and went to Feedly. In fact I posted that here several times to use Feedly before it was reported.

If you were told you were getting fired on July 1st, would you wait until then to get a new job?

Rohdekill said,
Since it isn't July 1st yet, they did leave on their own.

You could say the same about people getting on lifeboats just before the Titanic sunk...

You even said it yourself "I left and went to Feedly". You still have access to google feeds. And, no one put a gun to your head, did they?. You left on your own.

Having knowledge something is inevitable does not mean you were forced to do something. It may mean you elected to take action on your own, knowing the outcome if you elect not to take action, but you certainly were not forced to do anything.

GreenMartian said,

You could say the same about people getting on lifeboats just before the Titanic sunk...

Not to be pedantic, but those folks on Titanic did "abandon ship". So, it's not totally unlike it.

But they had a choice, right? They CHOSE to abandon ship even BEFORE it sank at their OWN free will, right? It's not like anyone forced them to...

Jeez...