Feedly, a service making claims to the RSS reader throne Google abandoned by shutting down Google Reader, announced today that it’s now opening up its API to all interested developers building RSS-based applications. This is a notable step toward Feedly’s goal of not just being another feed-reading application itself, but rather a platform which will allow an app ecosystem to thrive.
Though to Google, a service like Google Reader with maybe tens of millions of users had only “niche” appeal compared with the size and scale of its other online properties like Gmail, Search, YouTube, and Google+, the Google Reader app had powered a large community of feed reading applications by way of its API – an industry that could have gone under thanks to the Google Reader shutdown without alternative APIs, like Feedly’s, being made available.
Feedly was one of the first companies to have offered an API…
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