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Looking for a better solution beyond an RSS aggregator to collect and review new information – without losing years of source discovery? Look no further than Cronycle, the all-in-one platform to discover, harvest and share insights – an ideal solution for market research, content marketing, and other use cases. The best news? We make your switch to Cronycle EASY: we’ll recreate your feeds automatically and let you transfer board content!

Table of contents:

Why switch to Cronycle from your RSS aggregator?

Use Cronycle feeds to review new information without being overwhelmed. Cronycle feeds allow you to aggregate content from a wide variety of sources, filter, and save the most important content on boards.

There are many unique benefits to using Cronycle:

  • Aggregate content from your trusted sources and the widest range of sources – newsletters, RSS, YouTube, search alerts, Twitter and Facebook pages, Medium, Reddit, podcasts, and more!
  • Discover relevant content and sources with our Cronycle Topics covering all professional areas…critical to helping you avoid blindspots
  • Enjoy reading comfortably, without distraction
  • Customize your feeds with filters to decrease noise and save time
  • Save content: once saved on your board, your content stays there for you to extract insights
  • Collaborate at all steps of the workflow
  • Share to your audience with a variety of distribution and publishing options to ensure your content and insights reach your most interested and important audiences (via RSS, WordPress, Social Media, MS Teams, Zapier, etc.)
  • No black-box algorithm like Leo (Feedly’s AI) which learns from your past actions, but has no clue about what you need today and tomorrow, hence closing you in a bubble.
  • And so many more!

How to transition from Feedly feeds to Cronycle

When you switch from any RSS aggregator to Cronycle, you can re-create your personal feeds in our platform. If you are using Feedly, you probably have a set of folders, each one with several sources, and sometimes with many! Feedly lets you export your sources as an OPML file. This is the standard for listing and structuring lists of RSS links. The great thing here is that the structure of your Feedly folders, and their names, are in the OPML export.

Export OPML from your RSS aggregator

This tutorial explains the process with Feedly, but other aggregation tools will have their own options for exporting RSS sources (not compatible with other source types like Twitter).

To start, in Feedly, go to Organize Sources, which you will find under your profile icon (bottom left).

switch from Feedly feeds to Cronycle easily - access to Organize sources

Next, select all your sources, and click on the arrow near the top right, to export as OPML.

Export OPML from Feedly - Orgaize sources

Now, download the OPML file onto your computer. Note that this is only possible on computers, but not with phones and tablets.

Export OPML  button

Import the OPML to Cronycle and re-create feeds

Now, go to app.cronycle.com. If you don’t have an account, create one.

Important note: if you are going to use Cronycle as a team, you need an Enterprise plan. Please meet with us to discover the power of Cronycle for teams.

After the welcome screens, when you create your first feed, you’ll see a link to import your sources using an OPML file (right side below). Click on it.

Continue to switch from Feedly or other RSS aggregators to Cronycle by importing OPML file in Feeds > Create a feed
Option to “import as OPML” at the top right

You can also freely explore our feed builder which lets you search any topic, Twitter handle, RSS or web domain.

If you are already using the Cronycle sources library, you can always upload an OPML file from there. Click on Add new sources, and then on “Import OPML File.”

After you have selected the OPML file to upload, and clicked on Upload OPML, Cronycle checks and reads the file. This means that it will show you what aggregated feeds can be re-created, and how many RSS sources will be added for each – all according to the structure in the OPML file.

Switch from feedly to Cronycle - select which feeds to create or add sources from
Review the feeds containing RSS sources

At this stage, you can decide which aggregated feed you want to recreate (untick those you want to ignore). Once your choice is made, press “Import and create feeds.” This will trigger the processing. If you are importing hundreds of sources from your RSS aggregator, this may take a couple of minutes.

You can also import the RSS sources without recreating any feed. To manually re-create feeds, first import click on “import sources only.” Once that’s done, head to your Cronycle sources library where you can select the RSS sources to add to existing or new feeds. This enables you to change the structure of your aggregated feeds.

Once we have processed all the sources and/or feeds, we provide you the following reports:

  • A notification and a little pop up with the highlights of the import.
  • An email with a list of sources imported, feeds created, and failures.
Switch from feedly to Cronycle - feeds created automatically
Information confirming that the custom feeds are recreated in Cronycle

You can now close the Create a feed or Sources library to check your new feeds.

Troubleshooting

Each service and plan has its own allowance, so there are a couple of cases where you may need to do a few extra steps to set up.

Maximum amount of Cronycle feeds

One limitation you may run into is the total number of custom feeds allowed in Cronycle.

  • First, to know about your allowance, please visit our pricing page. If you just created your account on the web application, you have the Individual plan allowances.
  • Then, when you import your OPML, if you select more feeds than allowed and click on “Import and create feeds,” we will directly show you a message asking you to select fewer feeds to re-create. Please select only the most important feeds to create, and try again (as soon as the error message is gone).
  • Once that’s done, if you want to add the other sources to your library (and from there to your feeds), import the file again. However, this time select all the feeds and click on “Import sources only.”
  • After the processing is done, go to the Sources Library to find the extra sources and add them to your feeds. They are even organized into RSS folders. We do not duplicate sources in your library so importing sources only again is safe.
View RSS folders in Cronycle
View of an RSS folder imported via OPML

However, if you import a feed with the same name, we’ll make a new one and append a number at the end of its name.

Maximum amount of RSS sources per Cronycle feed

We have set a maximum of 1,000 RSS sources allowed per Cronycle feed and RSS folder. If you have more sources in any of your imported folders from another RSS aggregator, we’ll show you the following error message in the emailed report, mentioning “Feeds can’t contain more than 1000 sources” or “Folders can’t contain more than 1000 sources.” But don’t worry: you can add several Cronycle feeds, and reorganize your RSS feeds using the sources library after importing.

In the report, these messages appear on the line of the corresponding feed (if you were re-creating feeds), and also on the line of the corresponding sources which were not imported (scroll down). This gives you a list to work with to complete the import. Our advice in this case is to take the following steps:

  • Edit the OPML in a text editor to keep only the sources not imported in their original folders. Remove other folders and other sources. Save the OPML with a new name.
  • Import the new OPML, with the option to create feeds.
  • Result: new feeds are created with almost the same name (number added at the end), containing the sources beyond the maximum in the first import. If you chose not to create new feeds in the previous step, you’ll be able to find the newly added sources in the sources library, organized in folders. From there, you can add to existing or new feeds (again, without going above the 1,000 limit).

Alternatively, if only a few sources were missing after the first import, you can also add them manually in Cronycle.

Missing Twitter sources

Unfortunately, Twitter accounts are not compatible with the OPML standard, which is dedicated to collecting RSS links. To add Twitter accounts in Cronycle, you have two options:

  • Connect your Twitter account in the sources library to synchronize the accounts you follow in Cronycle. This is the best option if you already follow many relevant accounts.
  • Add Twitter account manually when creating or modifying a feed. This is best if you only have a few accounts to add.

Other errors

  • “This doesn’t appear to be a valid feed.” This means the RSS link is probably broken, either modified or deactivated from its source. In that case, you will need to go to the source domain and get the new RSS. To do that, you can use the RSS grabber of our Content Clipper, or read this other post with advice to get RSS links.
  • “Maximum number of RSS sources reached.” Most accounts are virtually unlimited with a maximum of 99,999, so this is only happening with older plans with a lower limit.
  • In the unfortunate case that your RSS aggregator did not encode the OPML file in the right way, you will see an error message about the format. This means your OPML may need to be edited. If you run into this situation, or any other you are unable to solve, please contact us through the in-app chat, or at [email protected].

Reduce blindspots with Cronycle Topics

It takes time to discover good sources, and we all have our blindspots. Fortunately, you can use Cronycle Topics in your feeds as a first line of defense against blindspots!

A Cronycle Topic is a smart aggregation of information combining artificial Intelligence and human expertise. We analyze content from millions of online sources that have been identified by our expertise network of 4.6 million entities, identify semantics, and surface information relevant to each Topic – high-quality content that appears in your feed if you add the Topic.

So if you are used to RSS, how do you switch to Cronycle Topics? Cronycle can help you identify related Cronycle Topics based on the RSS sources you add. You can do that at any moment in a feed’s life.

  • When you create a feed: From “Feeds,” click on “Create a feed,” then search for an RSS you know and like (using the name or URL). Click on the + for the corresponding result in the RSS section, and check the bottom right. This is where suggested Topics appear, as shown below:
switch from an RSS aggregator and RSS to Cronycle with Topics suggestions - in create a feed
  • From a feed you’ve already created: When you look at an existing Cronycle feed with RSS sources only, you can see suggested topics also to the right:
switch from an RSS aggregator and RSS to Cronycle with Topics suggestions - in existing feed using RSS source(s)

The same logic also works with Twitter sources.

We do not always have enough information about RSS and Twitter sources to suggest Topics (for example if you add Google Alerts). In this case, the areas for suggestions remain empty.

How to transition from Feedly boards to Cronycle

We’ve worked with several customers to take the somewhat cumbersome step of transitioning Feedly board content to Cronycle. Feedly offers no option to export board content and offers little data portability. We have found two options that worked for our customers:

  • Publish the Feedly board content as an Atom feed. Unfortunately, only the latest content appears in the feed, making this option useless.
  • Send newsletters from the Feedly board. While this is time-consuming, it seems the only option to get your content out of Feedly boards. Here is how:

In Feedly, prepare a newsletter issue for each board you want in Cronycle. This can contain main links, and our experience working with customers is that they did not hit any limits. You can break this up in several issues per board, but do not add content that should go to different boards on the same issue (you’ll understand why below). One piece of advice: remove any superfluous links (for example to share on social media, subscribe, etc.) and keep only the content.

Once an issue is ready, send it to your Cronycle newsletter feeds. You can find its email address from the feed settings in Cronycle (or from Create a feed, top right).

Next, in Cronycle, check the issue you received in the newsletter feed. From there, you’ll need to pin (save) the content onto boards. You have two options:

Option 1 – Pin all links individually

Pin each link individually by clicking and selecting “Pin to board” from the little pop-up. This works only if you have a few links to save (or a lot of patience).

pin each link in a feedly newsletter to Cronycle boards
Pin links individually from a newsletter to a board

Option 2 – Pin all links

Click on the button “Pin all links to board” at the top of the newsletter issue in the reader. This works best if you have many links to save.

pin all links from Feedly newsletter to Cronycle boards
Click on “Pin all links to board” from the newsletter in the dedicated feed

Choose the board to save to. Once that’s done, you’ll see a window in the bottom right corner, indicating the number of links found.

process of saving links from Feedly board to Cronycle board has started
The process of saving links has started

From now on, tiles appear progressively on the board (you can safely navigate to the board; it will not stop the processing). It takes about one to two minutes for a newsletter of 20 links. 

However, note that even the links to share on social media, (un)subscribe, etc. will be added to your board. As a result, you will inevitably need to clean up the board. Such links often appear as URLs on yellow notes on your board. A few are extracted like real content (white article tiles). For that reason, we recommend doing a test on an empty board first, processing one issue at a time, and cleaning up after each newsletter.

Links from newsletter saved onto Cronycle board
Links are added to the board, some fail, real content succeeds

Sometimes, “real” links to actual content are duplicated on a newsletter. That happens when there is an option to click on the title and another on the image. In such a case, Cronycle’s automatic deduplication takes care of eliminating duplicates.

Stay tuned!

We regularly update Cronycle to make it the best content curation platform available. For example, we provide unique ways to filter, curate (and send!) newsletters, extract insights, and collaborate in teams. Our commitment to constant platform improvement is one major benefit of switching from your RSS aggregator to Cronycle, without losing the benefits of the open RSS technology. Cronycle can help you build a more powerful, effective, and efficient content curation program.

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