When Google announced the shut down of Google Reader this past March, Feedly stepped up, promising to create its own Reader-like system for other third party RSS apps to connect to, and thereby lessen the impact of Google’s industry-standard takedown.
In a blog post today, Feedly announced the next step of its plan to rule the RSS landscape with the support of several third party RSS apps, including Reeder, Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader. I use Reeder on a daily basis on both my Mac and my iPad (which continues to be free until Google Reader actually shuts down its service as of July 1).
Feedly has done a lot to make the transition seamless; current Feedly users who have hooked their Feedly account to Google Reader won’t even notice a difference, according to the company. Code named Normandy, the plan to clone the Google Reader API has so far been continuing well apace with the addition of support for these third-party apps.
“When we announced the Normandy project, we received more than 100 developer requests,” says Feedly on its blog post. “We apologize to all the developers who did not get into the first batch of invites. We are working hard on the second batch. If you are a developer, interested in the feedly API, please fill the developer form, to help us prioritize your request.”
As of now, you’ll be able to access your Feedly feed from all these new apps well before the July 1 shutdown, and the access to the API, for third-party developers, will continue to be free.