In the Browser, and Inside the Browser
Once Google announced it was killing off the eternally useful Google Reader, the Internet wept, and many have settled on tools like Feedly to take up the RSS slack once it departs. Feedly made a decision to more or less build a Google Reader clone, its own API that will conduct the same functions Google Reader did.
Furthermore, instead of hosting all of its infrastructure on Amazon Web Services or a similar configuration, Feedly has decided to set up its own servers, in part to handle the huge amounts of caching it needs. That means the company is now running its own data center, a huge capital investment it deemed necessary to scale what it obviously sees as a potentially lucrative line of business.
After building its API and data center, Feedly has now moved to the cloud. Once only a Firefox browser plug in, Feedly now runs as a Web service from any browser, and its next move is to build out even more apps so people can configure their feeds just how they like.
25 Million Feeds Can't be Wrong
Feedly says it's now processing 25 million feeds, and as it builds out its own API for developers to plug into, that power can extend across other apps. We actually use Feedly here at CMSWire, proof that it is really quite powerful and a totally viable Google Reader option!
Seriously though, we do use it, and the fact it has grown up so quickly in just a few months since the Google Reader death warrent was signed, is promising for RSS lovers. As noted above, Feedly is working on its own extendability via an API, and starting today there are nine Feedly based apps available to plug into the service. More than 200 developers have already contacted Feedly since it announced its plans to build an API, so more apps are coming soon, the company said in a blog post.
So far, there are apps made for each of the major mobile OSes like Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8, a Windows desktop client, and one called IFTTT that stands for if this, then that. IFTTT connects dozens of other services to Feedly like WordPress, Evernote or Instapaper via the if this, then that statement. For example, Feedly articles could create link notes in Evernote or when an article is saved in Feedly, it could get sent right to Instapaper.
These are free services, of course, but now that Feedly is a full on platform, it does have plans to launch a Premium service as well. Let us know in the comments if you've already selected your Google Reader replacement or if this news has you perhaps mulling over giving Feedly a try.