Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Feedly tip

As most of you know I love Feedly. I haven't opened Google Reader in ages-- it's all Feedly all the time. Feedly is a Firefox extension that makes for a quite pleasant, and more social feed reading experience. It uses your info from Google Reader and presents it in a more social and pleasing manner.

That said, I've had more than one of my dear colleagues say that they don't get Feedly. They complain that it is just too heavy. (Never bothering to actually define "heavy" I might note.) So, in the spirit of the holidays I'm going to provide a quick tip to help you make the transition. I'm going to show you how to make your Feedly default view look and feel a bit more like Google Reader, and in the process ease you through the transition to a truly remarkable feed reading experience.

When you first start up Feedly you'll get this view-- this is the magazine view, and as you can see is very visually appealing. Full eye-candy mode. We can't have this. I'm going to show you how to make it ugly-- so it will look very much like your beloved Google Reader.

We're going to change the default view from this attractive magazine style to just a plain listing of titles. There are actually four different choices for how you can view your feeds, and you can set each folder and feed differently if you choose. I'm going to show you how to set your preferences so that your default is the same ugly and plain view that you're accustomed.

In the top right hand corner of Feedly you'll see a drop down icon. If you click on it you'll see the drop down menu shown on the right. Scroll down the list and click on preferences.

This will take you to your preferences page where you can change the default page view. This is the very first option you'll find on this page. The default displays a picture, title, and the first few lines of the article. To change the view to just titles replace the 4 in the top box with a 1.

Now when you look at your list of feeds you'll get a view that is one you're much more used to seeing. It's very ugly, and one that I'm sure you'll love.

When you become more comfortable with some of Feedly's other capabilities, and you start to wonder how you ever lived without it, you'll want to come back to your preferences and select a view that is more visually appealing. Seriously, there's no reason to accept ugly when you have so many choices.

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