Here is a new iteration of the feedly quick start guide:
Q00 | Guided Tour
Q01 | How do I add content to my feedly? There are 5 ways to add content to your feedly. You can:
- Navigate directly to a website and use the +f or RSS icon which appears in the URL bar,
- Click on the “add source” link at the top of the page and enter the url of a website or RSS feed
- Search for the best sources for a topic.
- Search for magic keyword .bookmarks to get a list of source suggestions based on your bookmarks and history
- Note: if you are a feedly for chrome user, here is a tutorial on how to configure the Chrome RSS Subscription Extension for feedly (so that you can easily subscribe to feeds when you are on the go).
Q02 | How to I assign the right view to each source? When you drill down into a source page, you will see a pen icon appear on the top, next to the search box. Clicking on that icon allows you to customize the view and a few other options regarding that feed. Here is an example of me trying to customize “All Things Digital”
As you can see, there are multiple view options. Use:
- “Titles Only” if you are looking for density and productivity
- “Title and Summary” for the default magazine-like look
- “Picture Grid” if you want to will a wall of pictures
- “Video Grid” if you are subscribing to a podcast
- “Entire Content Inlined” if you want to see the entire content of the articles inlined (useful for comics for example).
There are also some more advanced settings which allow you to influence the sorting and filtering of the feed as well as determine if the article should be inlined in feedly or opened in a separate tab (useful for partial feeds)
Q03 | How can I influence what articles are included in the digest/cover? Feedly collects the unread articles from the sites you subscribe to, filters the best ones and displays them in the cover and digest page. The filtering is a combination of freshness, how many times it has been shared by feedly/Google Reader users, the time of the day you are accessing your feedly and your personal reading/recommendation pattern. The best ways to influence the filtering are …1) to go to the organize sources page (aka dashboard) and marking the sources you like the best as favorites by clicking on the star next to the source name and …2) to recommend individual articles you find interesting. The more your use feedly, the better the recommendations.
Q04 | How do I define and organize categories? You can thing of categories as sections of your magazine. It is a way to group multiple sources together. Example: Apple category for all the sources which cover different aspects of Apple. Categories are visible both on the navigation bar (new tab) as well as in the digest (each category gets a section in the digest). There are two ways to define categories: …1) when you add a new source, the subscription source allows you to put that new source in an existing category or create a new one. …2) if you go to the organize sources page (aka dashboard), you will be able to use drag and drop to create new categories as well as moving a source from one category to another.
Finally, you change the order of the categories on the navigation bar using drag and drop. This order is important because it is the same as the order in which categories are laid out on the digest.
Q05 | Select Digest or Cover as you default feedly start page? The cover and digest page both offer a magazine-like summary of the best articles available in your feedly. The cover is a more grid-centric view whereas the digest is a more linear view (but offers better grouping). You can try both and see which one resonate best with you. If you end up preferring the cover, you can go in the preferences and make the cover the default feedly start page so that it loads first when you click on the green feedly toolbar icon.
Note: If you are looking for speed and productivity, you should also consider the latest page (or change your category views to titles only).
Q06 | How can I disable the Feedly toolbar which appears at the bottom right of web pages? Yes. Go the preference page, scroll down to the Mini section and set the Enabled? knob to no.
Q07 | Can I access my feedly from multiple machines? Yes. As soon as you login to Google/Feedly, feedly will create a session and sync all you configuration. From that perspective, feedly behaves very much like a website and can be accessed from the multiple computers the same way you can access gmail from multiple computers (independently of which browser you use on each computer).
Q08 | How do I change my twitter and bit.ly configuration? Feedly delegates authentication to the browser (this way you can share access to selective services without having to share the credential for those services). As a result, if you login in the browser to a twitter and bit.ly account, feedly will login to those account as well.
Q09 | Does feedly have keyboard shortcuts? Yes we do. Click ? in feedly to see the list of supported keyboard shortcuts (very much inspired by Google Reader).
Q10 | How does the integration with Google Reader work? Feedly offers two way sync with Google Reader: Articles you read in read in Feedly will be marked as read in Google Reader, articles you save in feedly will be starred in Google Reader, articles you share in feedly will be shared in feedly. And vice versa. When you add a feed to feedly it will be automatically added to Google Reader. If you add a feed to Google Reader, it will appear in feedly next time you restart the browser.
Q11 | How can I add twitter to my feedly? Visit http://www.twitter.com. Login to twitter and then reload the feedly page. You will see a twitter widget added to your feedly cover and digest pages. You will also see a karma page which describes how people react to the content you tweet from feedly.
Q12 | Can I import an OPML file into feedly? Not directly but there is a work around: You can import the OPML in Google Reader and then restart the browser for feedly to sync back.
Q14 | Where should I report bugs and enhancement suggestions? http://www.getsatisfaction.com/feedly is out support forum. We try to answer to most posts in less than 24 hours.
Q15 | Can I control the location of the navigation (top versus side)? By default, the navigation bar will automatically position on the top or on the left based on the width of the browser window – narrow window = top, wide window = left. If you prefer on place over the other, you can in the preferences manually define if the bar should be at the top or on the left.
Q16 | How can I get product update information? If you are a twitter user, you can follow @feedly for twitter for tips and product update information. We also provide weekly updates regarding our progress on our blog.
This tutorial is a work in progress. If you have a question which is not addressed here, please post it in the comment and we will try to address it promptly.
Note 1: if you are a video wizard and have created a video tutorial around your feedly experience, please let us know and we will link it here.
Note 2: if you have translated this page to another language, again please let us know and we will be happy to link it here.
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