But lately they started advertising Feedly Pro, their new pay service that gets you upgraded features. One of the features is search- I hadn't really noticed that I couldn't search before, but I did used to use the Google Reader search function sometimes. So, I tried to search, and it didn't work. It just took me to a page advertising Feedly Pro!
|No Search for you, bitches!|
Um, OK? Seems like a bit of a bait and switch to me. I actually do like Feedly better than I liked Google Reader in some ways. Google Reader had a very basic interface and Feedly does have some neat features where you can organize the feeds in different views. I'm not afraid to pay for a service that's useful; I don't fall into the "everything on the internet needs to be free, or else you're a corporate whore" camp. I'm just kind of irritated that my previously free service is now being replaced by a pay service after being told there would be a seamless transition, no worries, just go about your business and we'll take care of things. And what is this Pro concept? Are there professional blog readers out there? Because I need to apply for that job.
A lot of the blogs I read talked about moving to Bloglovin' when Google Reader died, and I set up a Bloglovin' account at one time, but I haven't used it much. It seems Bloglovin' is presenting itself as the fluffy, cuddly RSS reader, and I suppose that's why a lot of the artsy blogs I follow like it.
|Hug me - I'm cuddly|
I have a big concern about Bloglovin', though. I keep receiving emails that people are following me on Bloglovin'. They are people I have never heard of before, and several of them are Russian and supernaturally beautiful, so that's kind of interesting.
I'm OK with a more social experience; in fact I kind of miss that about Google Reader; it used to have a feature where you could share blogs and read what others had shared. But I don't want to get into a system where I get a bunch of friend spam to manage. Because I am an occasional writer, but not a well-known or full-time writer, and because I participate in a lot of online forums and groups, sometimes it's hard to tell if a person wants to follow me because they are interested in my interests, or if they are just spammers. So I try to take care to separate out my personal profiles from more "professional" profiles, and I am not sure if I can do that on Bloglovin'.
Any thoughts on these two readers and other alternatives? Should I go "Pro" on Feedly, or should I keep looking? Is there a way to manage Bloglovin' so you don't get so much friend spam? Let me know in the comments!