Q&A: Will Feedly Still Work When Reader Goes Away?

There are a lot of questions surrounding Google Reader’s retirement coming July 1, 2013.

In my post, Q&A: Google Reader Alternatives? I mentioned my plan to move to Feedly, which I have now done. I still reserve the right to move again if something better comes along, but so far, so good.

On that postEmily and Katrina asked a great question: If Feedly is synced with Google Reader, will Feedly still work once Google Reader goes away?

will feedly still work when google reader goes away

The answer is, yes. Here’s a post on the Feedly blog from March 14, 2013 (emphasis mine):

Google announced today that they will be shutting down Google Reader. This is something we have been expecting for some time: We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.

So, if you use Feedly, you don’t have to worry. All will be well even after Google Reader goes away.

(Shout-out to Lorene who jumped in the comments too!)

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  1. Eva says

    Thanks for this post. Although I’ve imported from reader to feedly, I’ve still been nervous, because there is no logging into feedly — it is just reading from the google reader account. So, it hasn’t been clear to me that as of July 1, Feedly will still have it all.

    Poking around online today, I learned 2 things that I think are helpful:

    1. You can use google takeout to make a zip drive of your reader account. This seems valuable, just in case July 1 doesn’t go so smoothly.

    2. Feedly just launched feedly cloud, so that it actually stores your data, if you use the cloud:

  2. says

    Hi, Amy,
    Will Feedly give “number of subscribers” stats, “time” of day/date updated/read, etc., as Google Reader now does? (Regarding both post and comment feeds.) Thank you.

    • says

      Currently, Feedly basically pulls in what you have on Google Reader so much of it is the same. This may change, though, when July 1 rolls around and they have their own service no longer attached to Reader.

  3. says

    Technically speaking I’m lost and overwhelmed when it comes to things like this (; I don’t think I’ve ever used Google Reader…is it similar to feedburner? All I know is I check my feedburner stats and it shows me how many people are subscribing to my site. Does this mean my subscribe list will disappear? Back in May it went from over 10,000 subscribers to 70 and rebuilding has been stressful…not quite sure what happened then, so this additional change is making me a little nervous.

  4. says

    Hi Amy, First I want to say THANK YOU! I just migrated my Blogger Blog to WordPress and your Blog has been enormously helpful. I understand that Google Reader will be going away but do you know of a way to transfer my Google friend connect followers from my old blog to the new wordpress blog? I still have to work out a lot of bugs but this is one area that just has me stumped!

  5. says

    I use Mr Reader and love it. I like being able to organize the blogs I read into folders that I can scan when I have a few minutes. Mr Reader makes it very easy to share in Buffer, Twitter and Google+, too.

    I’m ‘guessing’ that I’ll be OK when Google Reader dies. When I subscribe to an RSS feed now using my iPad, my Mr Reader app comes open and adds the feed in, bypassing Google altogether.

    Maybe Amy could take a peep at this option and review it?

  6. says

    I am switching to Bloglovin. It was easy to transfer my Google Plus readers to their site and I like the setup. I can click the top post and read the rest of the posts in the bloglovin reader just advance to older post at the top of the bar and I can like, share on facebook or twitter or pin the post right from the bloglovin profile. It works great and I am happy with my choice. I hope everyone finds something to use that satifies them… just posting this as an option for your readers. http://www.bloglovin.com

  7. says

    I’m glad to hear that! I’d been looking round for others just in case but feedly suits me nicely at the moment so I will stop looking.


  8. says

    I am also switching to Feedly and trying other tool as The Old Reader too but they both cannot satisfy me as Google Reader. Or probably I am so used to it.

    I think Feedly doesn’t show all the post that you read already. They just show unread post, don’t they? Actually I am so confused with Feedly. It’s kinda fun to look at but a bit messy in my eyes.

    Have you also tried other alternatives? Can you also do a review on them? That would be nice!

    • says

      Annie, it sounds like you just need to change the settings so that Feedly looks and behaves as you would like. I think the default settings are to show only unread posts, and the default view can be changed very easily (and even changed based on categories, so if you have more visual blogs that you want thumbnail and other blogs that you don’t want to see thumbnails of, you can change that for each category).