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Sunday Salon: Frustrated by Feedly

sundaysalonOnly a month ago I was lauding Feedly as one of the best alternatives to the WordPress feed reader and Google Reader. But the love affair is destined to be short lived unless one of you comes to my rescue.

First sign of a problem came when I sat in a hotel room at the end of a long work day, thinking I’d relax by catching up on some of the blogs I follow. It was not to be. Upon clicking the Feedly app on my iPad I saw the list of recent feeds but each time I clicked on one, Feedly threw a hissy fit and decided it was overloaded. I tried it again when I was home and could use my own wireless connection. Same thing happened.

Then I discovered indirectly that Feedly was ‘enhancing’ its app in preparation for the demise of Google Reader so those  users could seamlessly transfer all their feeds to Feedly.  This enhancement meant re-installing the Feedly app which had the immediate effect of wiping out all the feeds I already had linked. Thank you Feedly! Actually I should thank them twice over because even though they have my email address, they never bothered to tell me this might happen and what I could do to avoid it.

So now I have an app but it’s completely empty.

And I cannot get it to synch with the version of my account on the Internet.

Do I really want to have to maintain two versions of the same Reader? I think not.

Questions to Feedly to ask for suggestions go unanswered. So much for customer service.

I went in search of some helpful info in their Forum. Guess what I found? Nada. Rien. Zilch.

I admit I am not a technology whizz kid but with some reasonable instructions I can get most things to work. But this has me defeated.

So unless anyone reading this has the answer, I’m going to give Feedly the big heave-ho and go back to Bloglovin.






What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

14 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Frustrated by Feedly

  • I wish I could help, but I don’t read my feeds on my phone. I prefer to read with a laptop/desktop just because I have this notion that apps made for phones are not supposed to be as fully functional as their desktop counterparts. I have switched to Feedly after the folks at The Old Reader gave us Google Reader migrants that snarky attitude. So far, it’s okay. The only problem that I have now is its inability to edit or delete tags. I haven’t tried Bloglovin yet, but since I’m satisfied with Feedly now, I guess I’ll stick with it.

    • I don’t read on my phone either since its a Blackberry which has an incredibly slow internet connection. it’s the iPad thats giving me the problems

  • I never got far with Feedly because I don’t like that they use my Google login for their service. I like to keep my logins separate. Maybe I’m just being weird. So I use Bloglovin. It’s not perfect and I have some issues with it but it’s been the best alternative to Google Reader so far. At least I haven’t had any trouble with Bloglovin’s ipad app. Hope you get everything all figured out!

    • I have not dared to download the Bloglovin app and they don’t pester me to do so either. So I’m hoping it stays that way

  • I had issues with the apps at first, but once they did their reset after Reader closed down I haven’t had any issues. I actually like feedly because I was able to strip it down to the basics and it vaguely resembles Google Reader. I just couldn’t sort out bloglovin, it just took to long had had to many frills and I was some how able to figure out how to turn off all the feedly ones within about 10 minutes of starting to use it.

  • I use the iPad app and also have it on my MacBook and I haven’t had any problems with syncing, but that might be because it’s going through the Apple cloud, I don’t know enough about theses things to judge. I did have the same problem as you when they made the switch with the demise of google and I sent them a very nasty email saying precisely what I thought of their service. I didn’t get a reply:)

    • I’m using MacBook also so it must be something to do with my settings….

  • I use the iPhone app, and the Firefox add-in (on two different Windows PCs) and have not experienced the problem you described. It’s almost like Feedly thinks you have two accounts: one used by your app, and another on your PC browser (what you referred to as “the version of my account on the Internet.”) I’m sure it’s something more complex than that. Not sure which forums you’ve tried but you might consider posting your problem on this site to see if anyone comes to your aid:

    Good luck!

    • Thanks for the link Laura. It seems there are many other users with frustrations with the iPad app

  • Like Shannon, I’m not thrilled with either one, but for now, I’m with Feedly, in that I haven’t encountered the problems you have. However, I certainly understand your frustration and don’t blame you for going back to BlogLovin. We have to use whatever works for us…sorry that I don’t have any solutions for you.

  • I keep finding myself frustrated with certain features in both BlogLovin and Feedly – I’ve gone back and forth between the two. Right now I’m back to BlogLovin again because of some of the issues you’ve mentioned as well as tending to like the streamlined web-view of BlogLovin better. I just wish I could combine the two into something useful.

    • There doesn’t seem to be any service provider that offers a perfect solution Shannon. Will just have to grind my teeth until something comes along that’s better


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