by Joe White
June 18, 2013
Google Reader's imminent closure has left users scrambling for a substitute service, and though a number of promising alternatives - such as Reeder's Feedbin and Rockmelt - have been edging towards the spotlight, Digg recently announced that it's set to crash the Google Reader replacement party from June 26, 2013. After launching first to 18,000 feedback providers, Digg Reader will become available for the general public on June 26, one week ahead of Google Reader's scheduled closure on July 1, 2013. In a blog post announcing the release date, Digg explained:
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.Core elements of the product are said to include:
From June 26, Digg Reader will be available as both a Web and iPhone application, and will offer additional features and compatibility over the course of "the next few months." We'll let you know once Digg Reader launches, so be sure to check back with us. In the meantime, see: Feedly Is Preparing For Life After Google Reader, Extra! Extra! RSS Apps For Your iPad Google Can't Kill, and Feedly Sends Out A New Update As They Say Hello To Google Reader Users.
- 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.