Over 500,000 ex-Google Reader users have switched to Feedly, a web-based RSS reader. Feedly announced this statistic on its blog and has stated that its highest priority as a company is keeping its servers up and running during this massive influx of new users. Because of this, the company has increased its bandwidth ten-fold and has added new servers. During this time, the company’s iOS app rose to the number-one most downloaded free app on Apple’s App Store. The company also promised to bring new features to the service every week.
The reason for such a high influx of new Feedly users is due to the fact that Google announced last week that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. This announcement was met with outrage as over 100,000 Google Reader users signed a petition to keep the service alive. Google Reader is a web-based RSS reader that allows Google users to read content from various news sources in an easy to read feed. The service was originally launched as a Google Labs project in 2005 and graduated to a full-fledged Google project in 2007.
Source: Feedly Blog