Feedly Launches URL Shortener

Feedly has come out with a new URL shortening service that it hopes will foster more sharing and also promote its own RSS reader service. You can recognize it as feedly.com/e. A default URL shortener built into the popular reader application will also help Feedly users pack in more when they share something via Twitter. The feature is available for both free and pro customers of the service.

Feedly Launches URL Shortener

Genealogy Delivered – Newsreaders

The easiest way to get started is with the Feedly online newsreader platform – found at http://feedly.com. Click on the Start Exploring button to begin adding feeds.

When the Add Content sidebar appears, type genealogy into the search box and you’ll get a list of genealogy blogs and feeds to choose from . Click on one (FamilySearch blog in this example) and the latest feeds from that site appears in the main screen. Click the green Follow button to add that blog to your subscriptions. Go back to the sidebar to add other sites to your subscription list.

Here are some recommended sites to include in your reading list:

  • Ancestry Blog – latest news and tips from Ancestry.com.
  • FamilySearch Blog – news, tips and updates from FamilySearch.
  • Genealogy Tip of the Day
  • The Legal Genealogist
  • Genealogy101. If you don’t see it, search for genealogy101.tumblr.com.
  • The Family Curator – you will probably have to search for this too.

Notice at the far right of the Feedly screen, there’s a column called “You Might Also Like”. Keep an eye on this to find other blogs and sites you might find interesting.

The News . . . On your eReader

Makeuseof is reporting …

The Google News downloading service NewsToEbook now works with Feedly. With it you can download your unread items from Feedly to an EPUB or MOBI ebook file, which you can then read on your offline e-reader. Kindle, Kobo, Nook and even your tablet all support one format or the other, so this will work for you.

Tips & Tricks for Feedly RSS Reader

This Feedly Guide from Digital Inspirations offers several very good tips to help you get comfortable with the platform and make the most of its features.

Feedly offers every single feature that you would expect in an RSS Reader and it has well-built apps for the two most popular mobile platforms – iOS and Android. For everyone else, they have the web version. I have been using Feedly for a couple of months now and, barring a few hiccups, find it a better product than Google Reader.