Back in March, it was announced that Google would be shutting down its popular Reader service. The RSS reader was one of the most popular available, and many, including myself and many other members of the Today’s iPhone crew were upset at the thought of having to find a new service. One of the first companies to announce that they were going to build an alternative was Digg, the social news site.
Fortunately for us news junkies, we won’t have to wait long for Digg’s new service. According to Digg’s blog, the service will be ready to launch on June 26th, and will even have mobile apps ready! This is great news for those who haven’t found a good alternative to Google Reader yet, and will still launch before Google Reader is officially shut down on July 1st. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates, and for the launch of Digg Reader! Check out an excerpt of the blog post below, and click the source link for the full blog.
“Over the last 90 days, the Digg engineering team — all 5 of them — has been heads-down building an updated take on the RSS reader. For our first public release, in time to (just) beat the shutdown of Google Reader, our aim has been to nail the basics: a web and mobile reading experience that is clean, simple, functional, and fast. We’re also introducing a tool that allows users to elevate the most important stories to the top.
So with that in mind, this beta release centers on these core elements of the product:
- Easy migration and onboarding from Google Reader.
- A clean reading experience that gets out of the way and puts the focus squarely on the articles, posts, images, and videos themselves.
- Useful mobile apps that sync with the web experience.
- Support for key actions like subscribing, sharing, saving and organizing.”
Are you excited about Digg Reader? Do you think it will be better than other alternatives out there, or have you already committed to a new service, such as Feedly? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Via: Cult of Mac