Why You Should Check Out Feedolu ASAP

feedoluI’ve been waiting for Feedolu, a RSS feed reader that will blow your mind, for months and it’s now open for public beta. Feedolu uses advanced feed reading technology and combines that with social features commonly used on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Not only is it a fantastic interface, designed by my friends at Dashal, Feedolu is completely free to use. You so totally want to know more, don’t you?

Public Profiles

feedolu dashboard

Feedolu users will have a public profile with their own URL (feedolu.com/username). You can customize your background, create a bio and attach a link to a website (like Twitter) and website RSS feed as well. When a user attaches an RSS feed to their profile, other users can then go and subscribe to that RSS feed, giving that user the opportunity of increased website traffic via subscriptions. Ummmm, hello sweetness.

User Following

Feedolu lets you follow and be followed by other Feedolu users. When you follow another user, you’re able to view items they’ve shared or commented on in a real-time social panel.

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It just keeps getting better. Each time you share a post on Feedolu, it creates a new page that can not only be commented on by other Feedolu users, but it’s also a searchable page.

Unlimited Feeds and Feed Walls

Everything that’s always limited you before has been something the design team at Dashal has paid attention to—like annoying feed restrictions. With Feedolu, there are zero restrictions to the amount of feeds you can subscribe to or feed walls you can create.

Back-End Processing

Feedolu processes your feeds 24 / 7 whether you are on the site or not, allowing you to never miss content. It also allows you to view up to thousands of feeds at the same time, since they store feed content in their database–and that means you don’t have to go from feed to feed. My head is already swimming and we’ve only begun using Feedolu.

Feedolu not only acts as a powerful, easy to use RSS feed-reading platform designed for both the occasional and powerful user, it allows users to share and engage with other users, and for website owners and companies to have a new tool in driving traffic to their content and websites.

feedolu sharing feature

Here’s a video that’ll show you more about Feedolu, so check it out:

Bottom line? Run, don’t walk, to sign up for the BETA and try Feedolu out. It is really an incredible tool and I’m thinking you’re going to like it as much as we do—and it’s only in the early stages of development, with additional improvements still in the works.

  • http://inklingmedia.net Ken Mueller

    playing around with it now. oh man. after Google Reader disappeared, I was going to just work without a reader, but…this might change things for me…

  • ShellyKramer

    Exactamundo :)

  • Mickey Gomez

    Just joined and already excited. I’ve been terrible at keeping up with my favorites since Reader left the building (as @ad9bf381c3c39df65caea06795182918:disqus already mentioned). Put me down as cautiously optimistic. And thanks for the share!

  • ShellyKramer

    Looking forward to hearing what you think, Mickey!

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com/ Kami Watson Huyse

    Just added abunch of feeds and like how it looks. What I wish it has was a way to search the content in a particular wall. I liked to do this in Google Reader for clients. We follow a subset of blogs and run a search for brand mentions. It was really helpful, not to mention the plugins that I used to see which posts had the best interations in terms of comments, etc. Oh well…

  • Dashal

    Hey Kami! We will be rolling out search soon. We are looking at adding a wall search, all of your feeds search and a WAY more advanced search technology after the first two are rolled out. We will also be looking at adding different algorithms for comments and read posts in the future as well. We have lots of new fun features we are planning in the very near future! Glad you like how it looks!

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Looks awesome. I’ve been using Feedly, but it’s basically just a slightly more attractive version of Reader. I loved Reader, but what I loved about it was its simplicity.

    What I *really* would want to see here is a Buffer integration. I have that with Feedly now – I find & read the posts I want to share, save/star them, and they get moved to Buffer. I go to Buffer & clean ‘em up to schedule for tweeting out. Saves so much time & monotonous steps, but still gives me total control over what I’m sharing.

  • ShellyKramer

    Thanks Amy, for the feedback. I’ve passed it along to Nick Harrison the developer. I’m not a Buffer user, so that hasn’t been an issue for me, but I know how important it is when it’s part of your overall distribution tactics. Glad to know you’re liking Feedolu!

  • Dashal

    Amy, thank you for trying our new platform! We really spent hour after hour debating if to add Buffer to the platform, but haven’t yet made a decision on it. I am really curious as to why to add Buffer. Is it the scheduling as per your comment? Can I get your thoughts on if we made the ability to schedule sharing on Feedolu. Perhaps it would lead to even a better solution?

  • http://amyvernon.net/ AmyVernon

    Hi Dashal – I would prefer the integration because then it’s yet another site I’d have to add into my scheduling options. I would prefer to centralize all my scheduling through there, so it can integrate with the other things that I buffer on the fly.

  • ShellyKramer

    I agree, Amy. When I have too many sites I have to visit, they fall off my radar screen. Like Scoop.it, which I liked for curation, but I just didn’t really have time to pay attention to it, so it dropped out of sight.

  • Dashal

    @ShellyKramer:disqus, yes, but this is way different I think because you are on our site originally. @AmyVernon:disqus, isn’t this though a whole extra step for you? If you are on Feedolu and you just click on which networks you want to share it on, schedule it and then bam you are done. it seems like a Buffer integration would then make you go to Buffer to complete that when you could have been done faster?

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  • http://freetraffictip.com Tinu

    I want to go to there.

  • ShellyKramer

    Ha! Me, too.

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com/ Kami Watson Huyse

    Glad to hear you will have search. It would really be useful. I also love the idea of Buffer integration, per Amy Vernon.

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com/ Kami Watson Huyse

    One more thing Dashal. It would also be useful to have a way to add a number of URLs at once. I know you have the OPML option, but sometimes I just have a list of blogs I need to check out quickly and converting it to OPML would talk a bunch of time.

  • Nick Harrison

    Interesting Kami, we looked at that originally, but kept it one at a time to keep it as simple as possible. I will look at it again.

  • ShellyKramer

    Thanks, Nick, for being so receptive to all my smart friends’ feedback. We love diving into stuff like this and when you have big brains like these folks checking out Feedolu, it can only lead to good!

  • Nick Harrison

    Yes, and we also have some other fun new features we will be rolling out too! Thank you for all of the feedback!

  • Nick Harrison

    @ShellyKramer:disqus, thank you for the super awesome blog post and LOVE all of your smart peeps!. We really want to create the best reader EVER, and this feedback has been very helpful.

  • http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com/ Kami Watson Huyse

    Perhaps it is because I am still trying to sort out all of the feeds that I had in Google Reader in your cool wall format.

  • Nick Harrison

    Ha! It really is cool isn’t it? lol. I personally like being able to see all the feeds at once.

  • Jamie Wallace

    I’d like to second Amy’s request for Buffer integration. I use BufferApp on a daily basis to capture and queue up my curated content. I use it on my iPhone via Feedly and also in my web browser.

    Love to have it work with your beautiful reader! :)

  • Jamie Wallace

    Is there an iPhone app in the works? I do most of my blog reading on my iPhone (usually, while lying next to my daughter – after bedtime stories and before she’s fallen asleep). Would be really handy to have access on-the-go.

  • Nick Harrison

    Now we have to add it so that you can break free of the Feedly people :) .

  • Jamie Wallace

    Bring it! ;)

  • Nick Harrison

    Yes, we are finishing up the design of both IOS and Android applications and have already started the initial development of each.

  • Jamie Wallace

    Excellent! I’m excited. :)

  • Nick Harrison

    Me too!

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  • http://www.communityorganizer20.com/ Debra Askanase

    Totally agree with Amy – that the biggest pain point is distribution after reading. I’m a huge Buffer fan, so +1 on the hope for a Buffer integration. Shelly, your fandom has now become my “I want this” (thus signing up for Beta now) and Nick, I think I’m dumping feedly for a younger, more attractive one in Feedolu :)

  • ShellyKramer

    LMAO. I love it, Deb. especially the “I’m dumping for a younger” comment ;) Nick, get ON it !!

  • http://www.communityorganizer20.com/ Debra Askanase

    So…now I’ve had some time to mess around with Feedolu and there’s one huge glitch: I cannot easily get to the actual article. When I look at it in Feedolu, the blog post headline is not clickable through to the original post. I can share from Feedolu, but in some cases I want to share from the original post (such as Buffering it, or not wanting to use the Twitter app, for example). This is a huge usability issue. Did I miss something in Feedolu, or is it not easy to switch? In Google Reader, one click and I was through to the original post. Thanks, Debra

  • Nick Harrison

    Hey there, yes, this has been something on our todo list. In the next few days we will add the ability to grab the actual article link, and we will also be adding the ability to email articles and some additional social functions. Coming super soon!

  • http://www.communityorganizer20.com/ Debra Askanase

    Thanks, Nick. This seems to be an “entry key” type of feature that, without it, many won’t use. Please check back in here and let us know when it’s live.

  • Nick Harrison

    Yes, I will be very happy to.

  • Nick Harrison

    “I think I’m dumping feedly for a younger, more attractive one in Feedolu” I am totally putting this on my office wall lol. I will add a Buffer button within the net few days and update you all.

  • http://www.communityorganizer20.com/ Debra Askanase

    LOL. Take a pic and tweet it out to me, Nick! I want it to share that :) @askdebra

  • Nick Harrison

    lol :)

  • http://www.arikhanson.com Arik Hanson

    Ha–I see someone’s RSS is built in to the template. Very shrewd Ms. Kramer…

  • ShellyKramer

    Actually that wasn’t me – or my idea – I think Nick was experimenting to see if it drove traffic.

  • Nick Harrison

    @arikhanson:disqus, @ShellyKramer:disqus actually had ZERO knowledge of it. I have been reading this blog for over four years. Come to think of it, I should have TOTALLY asked her to baked cookies for the link lol.

  • Nick Harrison

    Hey @AmyVernon:disqus, @disqus_ZWZpNDLnoE:disqus, @askdebra:disqus and @kamichat:disqus. I wanted to let you know we added LinkedIn’s API, Buffer, Google+ and Pinterest buttons this AM. We also added the ability to email an article to someone and get the article URL. Thank you for your requests, and more features coming very soon! I hope everyone is enjoying the site.

  • http://www.communityorganizer20.com/ Debra Askanase

    Nick, thanks for listening and circling back here. I’m excited to try it again now that these features are activated.

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