With Google Reader set to shutdown on July 1st, the race is on to create the next best replacement. Digg announced shortly afterwards it was set to re-prioritize its goals to create a Reader replacement. The company has shared today what it plans to do after hearing feedback from the community:
After combing through all 800 comments, here are 4 points that seemed to recur, and loudly:
- Keep it simple, stupid*
- Make it fast (like, really fast)
- Synchronize across devices
- Make it easy to import from existing Google Reader accounts
Digg says it plans to “experiment and add value” to information we find hard to surface and organize in typical reader apps, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, LinkedIn, or Hacker News. The company says version 1.0 won’t have everything they want due to time constraints, but as a small team they are confident they will have a Google Reader replacement before the latter disappears.
Right now it looks like Feedly has the lead as the next best replacement, as more than 500,000 users joined their community just over 48 hours after the Google Reader announcement. The company told TechCrunch they have been working on a huge iOS update with a new title view, set to be released in the App Store after Apple approves it.
What’s your Google Reader replacement of choice in the meantime?