Since Google Reader’s demise lots of people were left foundering around looking for a replacement. I had known about (and used) Feedly for years so when they said they aimed to become the de facto Google Reader replacement I was game. Given the added burden of thousands of new users, the folks at Feedly wisely planned for Pro plans that would a) provide extra features and b) help keep them solvent. I missed out on the $99 lifetime deal (and if I had caught it in time I would have gladly ponied up for it), so I’ve been waiting for Feedly to open up Feedly Pro to everyone. That day is here and I’m going to buy my subscription ($45/year), but what I’m wondering is why—after Google’s ignominious execution of Reader—more people aren’t paying for Feedly.
Pros pay for power tools
For me it isn’t just the additional features (for me Evernote integration is what I’m really buying it for), but rather the simple fact that professionals pay good money for good tools to do their jobs. My neighbor is a builder and contractor. He has some kick ass tools. Tools I don’t dare ask to borrow. If I need to borrow a saw or something, I know he’ll loan me one—but his backup, not the best one. Insulted? Hardly. I wouldn’t let just anyone borrow one of my favorite Nikon lenses or use my laptop. By the same token I need RSS to do my job (writing, blogging, teaching), so why shouldn’t I expect to pay for better service? I (gladly) pay for Evernote Premium so I can get faster syncing, offline notebooks, and shared notebooks that people can edit. It seems like common sense to me. Feedly can’t run servers on unicorn tears and rainbows, they need money. Sure investors will come forward, sure they might be able to sell private server versions of their product (as Newsgator does), but to really pay for all the casual users Feedly needs pros like me (us) to pay up. I have more than the average user’s number of feeds (they say about 500, but I was sure I had more) and I hit those feeds every couple hours, so I tax their resources more than other folks. If I want a better Feedly, then I need to put my money where my mouth is and pay for it.
It only seems fair.
So to answer Alan Buckingham’s question in his post about Feedly Pro:
I keep asking myself why someone would pay for RSS, but 5,000 people have already proved that I am apparently asking the wrong question. So, will you open your wallet to Feedly?
Me. And so should you.