#Feedly Update Is Horrible

I have no idea why every single good thing that exists online is destroyed beyond recognition within a couple of years. It’s a mystery that I haven’t been able to solve.

For several years, I’ve used Feedly as my news aggregator. And everything was fine. Then yesterday, they updated the app, and it’s horrible. It lost all functionality. You can’t access links without visiting each individual website. Everything jumps around ridiculously. The fonts stink. Everything you want to do takes five steps where it used to take one. And the worst part: there is no search function. That’s it, it’s gone.

This is unbelievable crap. I use this app a dozen times a day. And now it’s unusable. I hate this.

Fuck you, #feedly. I’m putting a hashtag in hopes that the company’s PR department notices this on Twitter.

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13 thoughts on “#Feedly Update Is Horrible”

  1. Companies attempt to eliminate any features that “confuse” their users, not realizing that some users are likely to be confused by any feature that exists. They also do shoddy data analysis that shows few people use a feature (usually one they’ve already hidden because the developers don’t like it), and then “prove” it’s not used (because it’s hidden) as an excuse to get rid of it. Mozilla has done this trick for years with Firefox.

    Design needs a re-design, as it’s not serving the users any longer.

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  2. I stopped using feedly too when it started malfunctioning for me. Moved to Newsify, which is still working well for me. Suerte!

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  3. I also use Feedly. The new version of the app is ok on my tablet, but it’s really bad on my phone. I think there is also a real design issue with not testing changes on a variety of devices.

    I still miss Google Reader, it was a really simple and worked perfectly and Google just shut it down.

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  4. “I have no idea why every single good thing that exists online is destroyed beyond recognition within a couple of years”
    Just as the ascension of liquid capital means the weakening of the concept of nation state, it also means the weakening of any forum for people to discuss ideas rather than engage in the most stupid, empty consumerism and/or attention-whoring possible (or get lost in inane echo chambers).
    Capital hates thought.

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  5. Hi Clarissa, yes, we have noticed and we’re bringing back to first mentioned issue to open articles on website. Plus Power Search is available (only in Feedly Pro), so not sure what you mean by search not present.

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    1. It’s a paid for search. Before, anybody could do a search and it was free. It’s quite strange to make the important features paid for just as the app’s general functionality collapsed.

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  6. VERY GOOD ADVICE THAT WILL BE IGNORED!!:

    Buy the cheap but fool-proof OS partition backup program “Acronis True Image.” Take 10 minutes once a week to create a TOTAL backup of everything on your main operating partition. This will give you a perfect backup of the state of your system only seven days ago.

    Then if something ruins your setup by auto-updating a favorite program/app, run “restore” on the Acronis program to reset everything to exactly the way it was a week ago. (You won’t lose more than a week’s added data in any case.)

    Finally, go to the offending program and reset its options to turn off auto-updating. (Set it so it has to ask permission first, and always deny permission.)

    I’ve had this program for almost 20 years, and it’s saved my system from disaster many times (such as back during the days when Windows kept trying to update my Windows 7 OS to Windows 10). It also works perfectly if you get a new computer and want to clone EVERYTHING on your old computer’s main disk to the disk in your new computer without having to reinstall and reconfigure all your programs one by one.

    (No, I’m not getting a kickback from Acronis by posting this!)

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