Google Reader’s Shut Down Promotes Heavy Feedly Use, Skyrockets With 500k New Users in 48 Hours
This week’s major announcement, aside from the Galaxy S4 was that Google was shutting down Google Reader from July 1st. Obviously users were angry, started petitions and also started looking for alternatives. One of them is Feedly, that got 500,000 new users in just 48 hours after the announcement that Google Reader was dying.
Feedly is a news aggregating site, that said it would try to clone the Google Reader API called Normandy. Feedly now has to resort to using ten times the bandwidth it was using before the Google announcement. Also, their app is number one in the free app section in the Apple App Store. Over the next 30 days Feedly intends to keep the service up with all the new subscribers, listen to new members for suggestions and add new features weekly.
Aside from Feedly, you can use other replacements such as Zite, that added a Google Reader section, offering a basic service without the Google Reader infrastructure. Digg is also working on its own similar service and API, while NewsBlur is also expected to get new users, so it already prepared 14 new servers for that.