Well, it hasn’t taken Feedly long to start trying to capitalize on the windfall it stumbled over when Google announced the imminent shutdown of Google Reader earlier this year. Within the first 48 hours of Google’s original announcement Feedly added 800,000 new users. By the time Reader actually shutdown that number had grown to 8 million.
When you triple your user base in just a few months you’d be silly not to try and capitalize off of it but the problem is, the free service is good enough for most people and what Feedly is offering with the pro plans just aren’t that appealing.
What do you get with a pro plan?
- Article search: Search within your feedly feeds.
- https: Add a layer of security to your feedly browsing.
- Evernote: One-click save to any of your Evernote notebooks.
- Premium support: Get bumped to the front of the support line.
Meh? Granted, the ability to search for articles or keywords inside your feeds would be a nice addition but is it really worth upgrading for? And charging people to be on a https now days just seems a little absurd, that should really just be a standard feature. Evernote and premium support? Personally, I don’t think it’s enough to make me upgrade.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Feedly has made a lot of right moves and handled the growth from Google Reader’s suicide very well. I just don’t think that their pro plans idea seem like much other than a quick money grab for not much substance. That being said, if even a fraction of their new 8 million users decide to upgrade then Feedly will no doubt have a pretty great year.
What do you think? Do you use Feedly and if you do would you consider upgrading to a pro account?