Feedly Cover – Iteration III

Today as part of 2.x.003, we are pushing out a new iteration of the feedly cover. The goal of this iteration what to maintain the density while reducing some of the visual noise and satisfying the needs of feedly + twitter users. Here is what it looks like:

iteration 3 of the feedly cover
iteration 3 of the feedly cover

Here is a quick Q&A:

Q1) I am not a twitter user or I prefer the older version! A) If you go to the feedly preferences, you will see a knob to select between 3 different layout options: select Grid or Column to roll back to the previous versions.

Q2) Who to I hide/mark an article as read? The featured articles include a fav icon. If you click on the fav icon, the article will be marked as read and hidden.

Q3) Can I decide which 8 categories are included in the cover? The order of the categories in the cover is defined by the other of the categories in the navigation bar. You can use drag and drop to re-order the categories in the left navigation bar and then refresh the cover.

Q4) Can I configure which amazon products are displayed? Yes. If you are logged into an amazon account, your amazon recommendations will be selected and displayed. If not, there are a set of tags/themes you can define in the cover preferences to influence how feedly selects amazon products. By default, it is a mix of design, video games and apple products.

The popularity of the cover has increased in the last 2 months (2x more traffic than before) but the digest remains the killer page. We are going to try a couple more iterations over the next 6 weeks to see if we can bridge the gap. Please let us know if you have suggestions on things you would like to see added/changed in the cover.


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11 thoughts on “Feedly Cover – Iteration III”

    1. Hi Laura, Blogroll is what issued to be called featured sources: a selection of 11 + 15 sources based on favorite status, number of shares, number of unread articles). For people you have 100+ sources, we try to surface the ones they seem to like the most and have new content. Do you have a better name suggestion for it?

  1. This is awesome :D I want to be able to restrict what domains feedly activates on tho! Its annoying when I’m working on RSS feeds, you kno :)

  2. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if the page was longer. Perhaps as many of the large sections as needed to cover selections from all the categories I have.

    I really like the row of images/video to break things up a bit.

    Also, how do I reset my categories? They used to show in order of unread feeds, then I moved them all around but would prefer it how it was before.

    I find Feedly iterations exciting.

  3. I prefer the previous version myself, but everything so far has been a great improvement, I’m using the cover page much more.

    One question, are there any plans to allow people to link into their native Amazon account? Like amazon.co.uk. My recommendations via amazon.com are not good as I obviously do my shopping/browsing at the uk site.

    1. Thanks for the candid feedback tom! Yes the amazon.XXX support is in the list of snakes we want to kill this week: we will add a preference knob for users to customize the domain amazon.com being the default one. Will update the blog when that fix is out.

      1. May main reason for initially preferring the old version was because I’m a light twitter user. I have twitter to keep up with various news sources, (as so many sites use it nowadays), but I don’t use it to network, so the mentions/karma sections are blank, making the cover not dense enough for my liking.

        With the inclusion of a news stream, the recent update seems to have addressed this issue for those without twitter. I like it very much, but I obviously would still like to see my twitter stream. So I’m wondering if there could be a “twitter light” version of the cover? Something that has the twitter stream, (but not the mentions/karma), and the latest news stream.

        Having said all that, I’ve just made the digest my home page as I feel it suits my needs as a light twitter user more. I’ll be using it alongside my category pages.

  4. I want to love this version of the cover. I like how articles are featured on the left side with the same kind of emphasis as the Digest page. However, I do not find Twitter, Mentions or Karma to be important parts of my daily news feed reading routine. Thus, I can only love this version of the cover if I can swap the middle column with more news feeds I am subscribed to myself :)

    For now, I’m using the previous Grid layout.

  5. I just updated Feedly to 2.7 and I noticed that the option to use the old column layout for the cover is gone. Why? I immediately downgraded to a previous version.

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