In my previous post, I spoke about why I left Firefox for Safari. The basics — Firefox ran too hot for my liking. Safari is better optimized for my Macbook Pro.
However, a few weeks ago, I read about a program that has “forced” me to go back to Firefox. It is called Feedly. It is an add-on for Firefox. Scoble and Louis Gray have both spoken about it, which piqued my interest.
What does it do? Generally, it aggregates all of your feeds and creates a magazine like digest of those feeds. However, it has another function that makes it worth Firefox abusing my computer’s fans. Feedly Mini sits at the bottom right hand corner of my Firefox screen. Feedly Mini essentially turns every web page into a Google referenced page.
What do I mean? I can share any web page or article that I read through my Google Reader shared items feed. I can email it using Gmail. Feedly also ties into some other great web 2.0 programs, which I rarely use.
Feedly is great for me because my reading habits are not just confined to my 250 RSS feeds found in Greader. I read many other websites such as the Nytimes, Cnet, Techmeme, WSJ, WashPost, etc. I prefer to read over these general sites because they open me up to greater variety of information than I would otherwise gain from my more directed and specific RSS feeds. Until Feedly, I was never able to share (and, why I really like Greader, it allows me to save these feeds) the articles that I read outside Greader. I would read many great articles that were quickly forgotten.
With Feedly, these articles no longer go through my head and then a few days later, leave it. I have a record of my favorite articles that is kept for posterity (or for however long Google is around).
Feedly is not available for Safari so now I am back as a Firefox user.