Help us choose your new Organize experience

Feedly is the best way to ingest the content you need for work by putting your favorite feeds in an organized newsfeed. Over the past few weeks we have rethought the way you can clean up and reorganize your feedly. I worked with the feedly team to design two different concepts and would love to hear your feedback to help us build the best organized experience possible!

In a recent survey with 5,000 participants, many of you showed us that you like to reorganize your feedly for two main reasons:

Spring cleaning
Every once in a while you need to clean up your feedly to make sure you only follow the feeds that interest you. This involves removing inactive feeds (the ones that have not published in months), removing the feeds you don’t read anymore, and promoting articles to “must-read” publications, so you don’t miss a story.

There are other times when you feel like reorganizing parts or all of your feedly. Maybe you have new interests or you want to split a topic into a few more specific topics, such as splitting your Marketing Collection into SEO and Digital Marketing Collections. All of this involves renaming Collections, moving them around and moving feeds from one Collection to another.

After a few weeks of design work with these two use cases in mind, we came up with two design directions:

Concept 1: Organize At a Glance

The main idea behind this concept is that everything is available in one page with just the crucial information you need to optimize your feedly. Your collections are listed on the right and the selected Collection’s feeds appear at the center of the page. This enables you to move from Collection to Collection without switching context.

You can try out this concept on InVision:


View important information at a glance
With this first concept we are showing you the essential information you need when you need it, no less, no more. For instance, when looking at a Collection you will see the feeds that are Must Read and those which are inactive. It’s just enough information for you to take action with no clutter.

Because your Collections are listed on the right side, you can easily navigate from one to the other rapidly.

Take the main actions in one click
Most actions are one click away or one drag away. Hit the cross or the star icon to remove a feed from a Collection or mark a feed as must read, respectively (see below for examples). Use drag and drop gestures to move a feed to the Collection it should belong to and re-order your Collections.

Making a feed must read


Moving a feeds to a different Collection


Reordering a Collection



Concept 2: Organize with Deep Site Information

This second concept takes advantage of data tables and the feedly slider. The main page displays all of your Collections. After you select a Collection we use the feedly slider to show all of the feeds it contains.

This concept focuses on showing you as much information as possible in a consistent way so you can easily decide what action to take on each item.

You can try out this concept on InVision:

Concept 2: Collection list


Concept 2: feed list



See all the data you need
Both the Collection list page and the feed list slider are tables displaying all the information you need to quickly undestand where you should take action. Quickly see which Collections have the most inactive feeds and which feeds last posted a long time ago.

Last posted data on feed list


Use a consistent popup to edit your feeds
Whether you want to edit the name of a feeds, mark it as read, remove it from a Collection, move to a different one or add it to multiple Collections, a consistent dropdown menu will be there to accomplish all these tasks across the application.

Editing a feed


Reordering a Collection


Both of these concepts are available on InVision (here and there). There are a few things you can interact with so you can get a feel for them. Have a look and let us know about what works and what doesn’t. Feel free to leave comments here or within the InVision prototypes.

We are looking forward to listening to your feedback!
Antoine and the feedly Team.

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73 thoughts on “Help us choose your new Organize experience”

  1. I’d be happy with either of them but my favorite is Concept #1. Thanks for asking for feedback on this! Very cool of you.

      1. Simplicity. I only have bandwidth for a certain number of feeds in my life, so if I go to Organize I just want to move or remove really quickly. I can understand how others who have a lot more feeds might want to do some more fine-tuning.

  2. I like the drag and drop of the first design but want the last posted date in the second design. I want to be able to decide if a feed has been inactive enough for me to drop it. If you added the date to the first design I would prefer that.

    1. Me too! I use feedly everyday and I have never used collections because of how difficult it was to organize them (when collections came up, I already had a big list of feeds). It even bothered me a little that when I add a feed on Android it forces me to choose a category. I’m anxiously waiting for a better solution for collections. The key aspect of design 1 is ‘drag&drop’ and of design 2 is ‘last posted’. Having both combined would make the perfect collection management tool, IMO.

  3. I very much like seeing when a feed last posted but I would also like a metric of how many posts/day or posts/week the site does. A site may be active but if they only post once every couple weeks I’d consider dropping them.

  4. In my opinion, the first concept is visually better but I’d pefere the second one because it shows you the date of the last post. However, it would also be great to have the possibilty to create a collection inside another collection.

  5. I’m all about Concept 2. I think the more data we can see, the more informed we are when we decide how to organize a feed and whether or not to keep a feed. Concept 1 is nice, but a little oversimplified in my opinion.

  6. Dear Antoine and feedly team,

    Thanks you very much to have taken into account this request that many of your users had (including me)
    I think that both design are interesting and have strength and drawbacks

    From design 1,
    I like
    – the “everything in one page” concept,
    – the move
    – one click to edit/delete/promote
    I dislike :
    – the duplicate feed category list on both left and right part of the window.
    could’nt we move a feed to the left category list instead of the right category list ?
    We could select the feeds to display based on a combo box on top of the table ?

    From design 2
    I like
    – last post information and a way to see filter based on this information.
    – the way to edit a feed.
    – the table use of the full page width
    I dislike :
    – the feedly slide that pop-up, I prefer the “everything in one page” concept.

    To sum up, I prefer the design 1 with some change + some features of design 2.

    On top of that, one interesting information for spring cleaning is also to identify feeds to have also statistics about :
    – number of post per day of a feed (to remove the too verbose one, or not enough verbose one)
    – number of post shared or open externally per feed ….

    1. Thank you Nicolas for this detailed answer, this is so useful to us! This will definitely help us make the right decision regarding the final implementation.

  7. Second concept is more useful as it shows inactive time and just looks more systematic. But inactivity alone is not enough. Sometimes feed stops to work because of some change and feedly doesn’t indicate this in any way. Until you decide to check that feed manually.

  8. I find that it’s always best to have all information available at all times, with options to reduce the amount manually for those who prefer less. That said, I like the idea of marking inactive feeds; I know I have quite a lot and it’s not often I think about them.

  9. I prefer the first one since it makes it easy to drag and drop feeds between collections. I don’t generally use the same feed in more than 1 collection so the first one makes it really easy for me to manage my feeds.

  10. I’d love to see more data on how I use feeds. I make a decision on whether or not to ditch a feed on a few pieces of info:
    – Is the feed still publishing or is it dead? (you show us this)
    – Do I save articles from this feed? Maybe it just junks up my feed and I don’t notice where each article is coming from. Maybe if I saw that I’ve only saved ONE article from a site in a year that it’s not useful to me.
    – Do I read articles from this feed? Maybe I just save them but never go back and read them because they’re actually not that interested. I think this one is less important than the previous.

  11. Both seem great, I would just love to see the option to view feeds by “Last posted” in either option. I’m sure I have plenty of dead feeds, it’d be great to have an easier way to trim them. As for concept 2, I still don’t understand why there are two “Number of Feeds” columns. The first concept seems the most intuitive.

  12. I don’t see any option to reorder the feeds within a collection. Some of us have been asking for this ever since we came to feedly from Google, years ago. I’ve had to make extra collections, e.g., News1, News2, etc., just to read through in the order I prefer.

  13. I’m fine with any of these options for reorganizing feeds. But they don’t really address my main need: I’d really like nested collections. For example I’d like to have a collection for “Read at Home” and another for “Read at Work”, and inside of those have separate collections for News, Programming, Design Inspiration, Comics, etc.

  14. #1 would suit me best. Enough overview, but not too much detail. That’s at least how I use it.

  15. The differint IUs see pretty similar to me both are a nice change or the current organize. I really like being able to see the last post date, I’m sure I have some dead feeds I forgot about or changed their urls. I would also like to create a collection in another collection as suggested above. Mostly thought I’d like to organize the feeds within the collection by something other than alphabetically.
    Thanks for asking for our imput :D

  16. Combine the two:

    Take the layout of single page use from #1 and add the details from #2.
    – Show the feed name
    – Show the last active time in a column
    – Show if a feed is broken/valid/starred in a column
    – Show which collections it belongs to in a column (put an x next to the collection names to remove from that collection) or allow the feed to be dragged to the right list of collections to add it to a collection (and provide an action button at the top of the list to do the same)

    Allow each of those columns to be filtered via multi-select so that subsets of feeds can be bulk re-classified/deleted.

    Both mockups are an improvement from the current organize screen.

  17. I’m happy you guys are making new stuff, but right now feedly has become unusually slow for me. The service has never been the snappiest, but going from article to article, it takes images like 2-3x longer to load now. It’s not my computer, not my connection. I can’t find any reliable customer service with feedly so I’m sorry I have to put this here.

    1. Hey Tiff, we’re so sorry for this issue you’re having with feedly. Definitely not something we would like you to experience. Can you please try to delete the cache of your browser and relogin to feedly?

      1. That doesn’t seem to help, and I haven’t had this issue before. It seems to be site dependent. For example, Tumblr feeds instantly returned images, but Flickr feeds suddenly became 1-2 seconds slow. But it’s not just Flickr, it’s other sites too, so I don’t think this is on their end.

        Either way, I’m starting to have to sit and wait to see if images appear because I don’t know if there are none of it they haven’t loaded yet.

      2. Actually, scratch that, it doesn’t matter what site the feeds come from. It’s just inconsistent.

  18. I’d like the last posted info.
    Currently I make a manual Dormant folder – assisted by my Blogspot blogroll, which is sorted by date.

    Also would like to see my total number of subscriptions.

  19. The current interface is ok for spring cleaning and reorganizing. I would love to have the concept 2 Deep Site Information as an extra.

  20. I prefer option 1 to option 2. The design is simpler and the options seem to be more useful. However, I still think customizable alerts for feeds should be something prioritized on the roadmap.

  21. Version 1 looks better because it contains all settings at one page. Version 2 is better because of last time activity indicator (not just binary active/inactive). It is better to incorporate last time activity into Version 1.

    Neither design allows to edit a feed URL. It is very important if a feed slightly changes its url. And you cannot ever see a feed url (only at urls sometimes – i.e.

    1. Yes, exactly that! Please, give us a way to view/edit the URL of a feed.
      And besides the time of last activity, it would be useful to see the frequency of posts, as others have commented.
      So, my vote goes to Concept 1 + more information.

  22. My feedback for both of them is that the information density is to low. Items are very big. I think it would be great if you could select between ‘compact'(small) and ‘comfy'(large) views (like in Google’s Gmail for example) so that you could view more list items on the screen at a time if desired.

  23. While you’re at it, please implement ordering feeds inside of a category! I want to read the feeds in the order I want! Thank you.

  24. Really great you’re working on this!
    I prefer scenario 1; and then it would be nice to add some extra info to the feed (already mentioned in other replies).
    And it would be nice if you it is possible to open up the collection to see the feeds within the collection, just as it can be done in the current main screen.

  25. Option one feels best to me. Two feels like an overwhelming wall of information, but one has some colors to make things easier. One caveat – I don’t want to see a blog labeled as inactive (even if there’s more info once I click on it), unless I can choose how long inactive is. I would rather see it labeled with the date of the last post. I follow some friends who only post every few months and I don’t want Feedly telling me they’re inactive when I know they aren’t.

  26. Great to see Feedly address this issue, it’s been a long time coming. I have so many feeds I’d like clean up, reorganize, or delete, but it’s a daunting task. Either of these options–or as so many have commented here–a combination of their features will be of great use. I’m sure I’ll love whatever you come up with. Thank you, Feedly, and Feedly readers.

  27. +1 for @markwms and @Nicolas ideas

    Would be great to see a mix of both concepts:

    From Concept 1
    + single page layout (UI)
    + great overview
    + best usability without opening extra pages for single collections/feeds etc.
    + only one central organize page

    From Concept 2
    + deeper insights at a glance, like:
    – last post date
    – posts/day or posts/week
    – maybe? how many readers

    so you can see if a feed is active or not and which one is more popular
    some of these data can be hidden under a Mouse-Hover so the site stay clean and neat

  28. Why should there be one interface for two options: cleaning (based on stats) and organising (based on your own interpretation). Maybe a “spring cleaning” feature would be something to explore? Like the Facebook “privacy check up”, where you get a number of screens based on stats (1: low publishing feeds, 2: feeds with low reading time by user, …). And focus on organisation with these nice interfaces. In that case #1 is for me the way to go :-)

  29. I prefer concept 2 as it provides more data and more info to help inform my re-organization decisions. Exposing activity usage with a feed for example is very useful. It’s more data but still simple IMO.

    1. Hey Alberto, yes, you’re correct. We’re working on a fix for this and are very sorry that it happens. Thank you for understanding and patience.

  30. Both look decent as well. I lean towards #2 a bit more as it seems easier to cull the older feeds, given the dates are so prominent. Funny both show how you can reorder collections, but neither on how you can reorder within a collection… (And another question – when commenting here, why can’t I google login, as that’s how I log into feedly…)

  31. I prefer option 2. More data is better

    While I am at it, do you plan to ever introduce the option to re-order your feeds within a collection? Google Reader had that (just drag and drop) and I miss it badly as I like to micro manage the order I read things in. With Feedly the only way I can do that (I think) is to create a huge number of collections which is not practical.

  32. The website is good enough, I think option 1 is kinda better. Although the android app lags a little bit & it crashes sometimes when I try to add content to my feed from the search option. And when viewing from the home page it’d be better if articles are listed on the basis of their popularity.

  33. I don’t want to have to create collections, but it seems I can no longer add a new feed to “uncategorized”. Why can’t “uncategorized” still be an option for new feeds?

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