As Google Reader is set to die in a fire at the end of the month, the race is on to become the next RSS reader of choice. Digg has released an update on its attempt with ‘Digg Reader’, which will be coming via an update to its iOS app.
Digg notes all five members of its engineering team “has been heads-down” building their take on the RSS reader over the past 90 days. Digg Reader, version 1 will be rolling out in phases over the next week and everyone will have access by June 26th.
The beta version will focus on the following:
- Easy migration and on boarding 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.
Two months after the launch, the app will focus on increasing speed, adding third party services (such as Buffer, Evernote, IFTTT), better tools to sort/rank feeds and continuing to collect and respond to user feedback.
Below are some first images of Digg Reader:
The secret to success in creating the ‘next’ Google Reader? There is no secret. Just copy exactly what Google Reader was great at–allowing power users to sift through 1000s of RSS reeds quickly and easily. Personally I don’t need another ‘magazine’ type RSS reader. There’s already apps like Flipboard, Zite and Google Currents for stuff like that. Just copy Google Reader and call it a day.
What are you looking for in a Google Reader replacement?