Search within my feedly
Ability to search for articles within my feeds, categories and just from all my feedly
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I thought this was a basic function that didn't make it into the final release for some reason and was going to be available later on. Never expected this to be a paid feature!
I have been testing search for the last 24 hours (I reluctantly signed up for the $99 lifetime pro subscription yesterday, comforted by the 7 day money back policy):
- Search is pretty slow...5-30 seconds for results to show, depending on the search term
- Approx. 40% of my searches return "Sorry. This search is taking too long. Something must have gone wrong :-("...
- Search results only go back about 30 days.
- Searching within specific folders does not work at all.
Conclusion: everyone who is complaining about having to pay for search (which I agree with on principle)....don't fret too much. Search as of now is pretty freaking weak sauce. Save your money...I am definitely asking for my refund.
Tyler Hilliard commented
So stupid you have to pay for this. I'll take Ads any day.
Basic functions like HTTPS and searching should be free. I can pay, but I won't because of this.
Search within feeds and mainly https protocol should be free standard features. This is how much you care about users! Do NOT expect me to pay a penny for these basic features. I’ve setup up my own “tiny tiny RSS” for FREE on openshift, and guess what: it supports searches and https. You should seriously think about changing your business model, it sucks!
Dominik Schatz commented
Please highlight the searched word in the results.
Search in single categories as well in the "saved for later" section with I use for kind of bookmarking
timofej . commented
They have removed the Pro banner from the top of desktop Feedly and also the unusable search field. Good! I'm not reminded that I'm a second grade user any more.
I also completely agree with MelodyJ below, it would be more honest to tell about the Pro plans so that the users would know what they are about to get into before they got committed.
Cindy from IL commented
I agree that adding a search feature should not warrant fees or be above and beyond normal features of a reader like Feedly. What is the point of saving and reading posts in a place like Feedly if you can't easily retrieve items you've already read. This was one of the main reasons that I used Google Reader. It was so helpful to be able to easily organize and sift through tons of web posts AND be able to easily retrieve them at a later date. I visit dozens of recipe/cooking/baking websites. If I'm not able to print things I interested upon the initial reading, it's impossible to reference it or find it again. Sort of defeats one of the primary reasons most people use a feeder reader in the the first place.
I understand the need to charge for certain features, and the need for a "Pro" service, as without charging you cannot have a sustainable business model. You need to make money. But, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a feature so integral as "search" would be deemed a pro feature. A service like Google Reader, and now Feedly, pulls together dozens, hundreds, possibly thousands of articles from across the web that the user is interested in. Some get flagged/starred, but most do not. Having the ability to search for an article you read a few days ago is absolutely integral to the experience. While I am sure some Feedly users do not need search, I have to imagine for many it is critical. In my experience dealing with web products that have both free and pro versions, the essential features are typically free, and the Pro features take it above and beyond. I fail to see how searching your feeds and finding articles is an "above and beyond" feature. Without search, I am simply sitting on thousands of articles that I cannot sort and locate.
It's too bad condescension isn't a currency or else you could pay for all of their development costs yourself.
Steve Hamblet commented
How would you make the service pay for itself then? Serious question.
Chung Lee commented
Your are the problem with society.
Greed always comes at a cost.
Steve Hamblet commented
I'm reading this thread with bemusement. Boys and girls - it's time for your wake-up call. Time for a bit of reality.
A few short months ago, Google dumped us. To them we were just a hobby they were getting bored of and couldn't monetise. So they announced that in a relatively short time they'd shut Reader down.
Feedly came up with a VERY bold plan to continue the service and DELIVERED. They made it the slickest, most painless transition I've ever seen for an IT service and for that they rightly got a heck of a lot of good will. They delivered on every promise they made to us and they continue to innovate now.
There's just one snag: Good Will is not a currency.
You can't buy servers with good will.
You can't buy electricity with good will.
You can't buy internet pipes with good will.
You can't pay staff with good will and their families can't pay for things with it either.
Running this service takes money. Even Google had to subsidise it through their other services which is partly why it was shut.
I think the idea of a Pro version is the right way forward. They could very easily have changed their minds and decide to charge everyone. This way they maintain a very decent free service while tempting us with nice-to-have features for a not-too-expensive fee.
Search is not vital to RSS. It isn't. It's a nice-to-have feature, tempting us to pay.
Besides, if everything you wanted was in the free service, there'd be no incentive to pay!!!!! This service would shut by Christmas, alongside all the other competing services you also don't want to pay for.
So you can either pay for a Pro membership, stay on Free and hope that enough people subsidise your usage for the service to keep running, go elsewhere and end up in the same situation sooner rather than later (with fewer people to spread the cost between, leading to higher prices), or just use Twitter for news and get stuck with crap about "celebrities" and gossip.
Jens Kunze commented
you want cash for https and search ... not from me!
long time - now search is possible - but only for pro & cash?!? now i hope you must close your stall. i delete my account!!!!
I checked my feedly this morning and the feedly pro was at the top of the page. I have to say I was really shocked that something so basic as a search function comes with a price. But I shouldn't be surprised. With a feature so in demand someone was bound to try to cash in on it.
I've never been a fan of tier systems for consumer products and services. I don't like feeling like a second grade customer. I know you can't do everything free. I did think the basics would be free. I feel you should have told people that you are working on a search function but it would be a pro feature. Yes you wouldn't have as many users but you would have been respected by those who chose not to use feedly . The people who decided to use would know what they were getting into. Now you have users who are disappointed, blindsided and once again searching for a new rss reader.
really not pleased with having to pay to search in my Feedly !!!!!!!!!!!
I understand why you said that you were working to implement this request !!
What's next, $10 a month to view images?
Really sad about searching is with fee.
I gonna go away from you and using other rss reader online or as program.