There’s talk of a few different companies building replacements to Google’s “dead-man-walking” service, Reader. Reader is set to go offline in around 9 days, so companies are starting to ramp up testing of each’s respective new services. Feedly has already launched a publicly available version of its new service, and Digg Reader is set to be launching next week and is currently in a private beta. Well, to join the pack in the race to build the next great Reader application, AOL has just launched “AOL Reader” in a private beta, and you can sign up for an invite right now. As expected, it will do basically what Google Reader does now, and what Digg and Feedly are implementing as well, however it’ll be run through AOL.
Of course, as time goes on, these services will most likely start implementing some proprietary features that separate one from the other, giving users more of a choice between Reader replacements. Right off the bat, I am leaning currently towards Digg’s Reader service. Looking at the previews of the private beta, the interface is very minimal and simple, however it also looks like it has everything I personally could want – even including easy migration from Google Reader. I like the minimal yet functional design, and for being developed so relatively quickly, it will only get better with time. Hopefully with the aid of some great mobile apps, Digg’s Reader will be successful. If not though, this proves there are going to be plenty of other options.
What do you think? Are you going to give AOL Reader a try? Or are you waiting for Digg/already using Feedly? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.