Feedly Pro accounts launch for everyone

By , Aug 26, 2013

Feedly Pro (teaser 002)

If you were not among the first 5,000 people to sign up for Feedly’s lifetime account, you were left out in the cold. Well, I may be exaggerating because anyone could get a free Feedly account. But if your daily productivity depends depends on RSS and your needs go far beyond a basic set of features, passing on that once in a lifetime opportunity, in hindsight, was a bummer.

The Feedly team has always maintained they’re building their web app for scale and today they announced that Feedly Pro accounts are now available to anyone interested…

A more powerful Feedly Pro costs five bucks per month, or $45 per year, which gets you RSS search, Evernote and Pocket integration and premium customer support, with more Pro features to be added regularly in the future.

“The goal is to offer our most passionate users more productivity and make feedly sustainable in the long run,” said the startup in a blog post.

Building web apps for scale takes time and lots of money, but the 5,000 people who bought a $99 Pro lifetime subscription provided much-needed funding for infrastructure expansion and customer support staff.

Note that pro features are work in progress so expect the unexpected.

TechCrunch weighs in on Feedly Pro RSS search:

Our initial experiences with search have found the integration still in need of having some its kinks worked out. Sometimes, search would fail to produce results we knew were there (and found via Googling), other times it was just too slow to be effective.

Certainly, its capabilities will vary depending on the size of your own database of feeds – or, as they say, your mileage may vary. It’s still far more convenient to have the option, buggy it may be, than not.

Unfortunately, the $99 lifetime account that Feedly offered was a one-time reward for early adopters so it will no longer be an option going forward.

“We also listened to your feedback and added one-click Pocket integration and brought HTTPS support to feedly standard,” the team wrote.

You can buy a Feedly Pro subscription here.

By last count, Feedly had 30 API partners signed up for the Feedly Cloud platform.

What’s your favorite RSS app now that Google Reader has been shut down?

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  • DrPeril

    Bleh…

    Somehow that seems like a lot for RSS, a service that is popularly free. Perhaps Google spoiled me in that regard, but I just don’t see the additional features being on par with the $5 a month I spend for my premium Evernote account. Especially considering features such as Evernote or Pocket integration are both provide freely via the Evernote/Pocket Chrome extensions. Additional 3rd party integration can be achieved ifttt.com.

    Also, minor gripe, why don’t they accept PayPal? Security etc aside (as that can go both ways) it’s easier and allows me to centralize payment for my online services.

    I would be more willing to pay 5 or 10 for the iOS Apps than for the monthly service given the Pro featureset is – mostly – replicable for free.

    All that said, I do like Feedly far more than Google Reader.

    ~ Dr. Peril

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    Digg Reader for me. Clean and basic. All that I need. Plus the Digg Top Stories are all available to read in the same space.

  • Adan Santos

    Newsify is the best for me. Does off-line caching, which Feedly doesn’t!

    • Gameboy213

      I use Newsify with my Feedly account. Works great.

  • Christoph

    I use Feedly as a RSS center service and not to read the articles in it. On my iPhone I use Reeder and on my Mac I use ReadKit, both are connected to feedly to sync through devices. Works perfectly well, actually better than with Google Reader before.

  • Acex

    useless, who the heck would pay for stuff that are available for free, that’s downside for feedly

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    LOL Feedly your an RSS more or less. Who to you think you are. You want me to pay you to browse site shortcuts that open to full FREE SITES. I can understand charging money to the App itself but Monthly fees lol ya right. Is it April 1st already.