It’s been well documented by now that Google is planning to shut down its popular Reader service. If you’re one of the few that doesn’t use it, it’s essentially Google’s service which allows you to subscribe to and read RSS feeds and updates from web pages. In fact, for many – especially us blogger types – it’s how we keep up to date with all the news in the tech world on a daily basis. Needless to say, most of us were not pleased at Google’s announcement. Thankfully, Google wasn’t the only fish in the RSS feed subscription pond, it just happened to be the biggest.
But, as they say, bad news for one company is always good news for another. The latest figures show that in the two days following the announcement by Google, half a million subscribers have flocked to Feedly! You read that right: 500,000 users have switched allegiance in 48 hours.The company announced the figure in a short update on its blog:
“More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We love passionate readers. Welcome on board.
Our main priorities over the next 30 days are 1) to keep the service up, 2) listen to new users for suggestions and 3) add features weekly.
To keep the service up, we 10x our bandwidth and added new servers.”
So, all in all, we – the RSS addicts – still get what we want, and we get it from a company which genuinely cares about the service we get. Win Win.