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Feedly

At a Glance

Want to follow too much news and get too much information, but have too little time? Then you want the free Firefox add-in Feedly, which lets you assemble your own personalized online newspaper from countless information sources across the Web. To get the latest info all you need to do is head to your personal Feedly page, and it's all there, waiting for you, gathered via RSS and Twitter feeds.

Install the add-on, and a new Feedly icon appears just to the left of the Firefox address bar. Click it, and you get sent to your Feedly page. (You'll need to log in using a Google account.) The first time you go there, you'll find a pre-built front page, waiting for you, with news and information from around the Web. Click any story to read it. You can also mark a story as read so that it disappears from the page, save it, and share it with others via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

There are other pages in addition to the front page, including one that lists just the most recently updated news and information, another that has stories you've decided to save, another that shows the most popular stories from other Feedly users, and so on.

That's just the beginning, though. Feedly's real power comes from the way you can customize it for your own interests. Feedly delivers information via RSS feeds, and you can add information from any feed to your Feedly pages, eliminate feeds. You can also change the layout and look as well. Feedly integrates with Google's RSS reader Google Reader, so it grabs your feed information from Google Reader.

There's one slight drawback to Feedly: It can be somewhat confusing to set up and customize for the first time. Be prepared to spend a little time getting it right. Once you do, you'll find it a great way to keep up with information and news.

Note: This link takes you to the add-on's page at Mozilla.org, where you can automatically install the file into your Firefox browser.

--Preston Gralla

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At a Glance
  • An RSS-reader that places a premium on flexibility and aesthetics. A great substitute for those looking for a Google Reader replacement. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Grabs information from across the Web; Comprehensive list of news sources; Easy to read feeds and share them
    • Beautiful sleek modern design that optimizes the workspace.
    • Mobile app is aesthetically pleasing

    Cons

    • Can be somewhat confusing to use
    • If you are linking in from a previous Google Reader account, it tends to de-authorize often.
    • Mobile app is not as comprehensive as Google Reader's was.
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