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Digg Announces Plans to Build Google Reader Replacement

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With Google Reader set to disappear on July 1st, the race is on create the next best RSS reader replacement. Digg has announced its plans to do just that, in the next 108 days:

We’ve heard people say that RSS is a thing of the past, and perhaps in its current incarnation it is, but as daily (hourly) users of Google Reader, we’re convinced that it’s a product worth saving. So we’re going to give it our best shot. We’ve been planning to build a reader in the second half of 2013, one that, like Digg, makes the Internet a more approachable and digestible place. After Google’s announcement, we’re moving the project to the top of our priority list. We’re going to build a reader, starting today.

Digg says it hopes to implement the best of Google Reader’s features including its API, but also looks to ramp it up to work with what’s required to be on the internet in 2013, most importantly social sharing. They continue to say it’s a pretty big undertaking but they are confident they can “cook up a worthy successor.” The company is also asking the public for feedback in what you’d like to see in a new Reader replacement.

Prior to Reddit reigning supreme, Digg was the place to be on the internet. Last August the site revamped itself and also released an iPhone app.

We can’t wait to see what Digg comes up with. In the meantime, you can transfer your existing Google Reader feeds over to Feedly or Flipboard immediately.

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  • Coluch

    I’m holding a lot of hope for Digg to come through. None of the current alternatives are nearly as good as the read, organize, and save-anywhere features of the Goog. The biggest hurdle currently is how to export starred post from Google. It’s Takeout exporting only gives the previous three months, where many people have saved items going back to 2007.

    It’s a dark day, and a massive loss of trust for Google.