Betaworks has finally spread the good news: the Digg RSS reader is now live for the public on the Web and iOS versions. This news comes just before the weekend on which Google Reader is supposed to shut down.
After being in beta, Digg Reader is ready for public release. The service, which has been in development for three months and beta for about a week, has a minimalist aesthetic, focusing on delivering content and then getting out the way. You’ll need a Google account to sign up, and you can then pull in your RSS subscriptions from Google Reader.
Signing up is a simple process. A Google account will be required to sign up for Digg Reader, and RSS subscriptions can be pulled in with ease. Once subscriptions are set up, uses can Digg and save stories as they like, or share links to Facebook and Twitter — and that’s about it at this point.
Digg says it plans to add a “View unread items only” option, “Mark as unread” button and the always crucial “accurate” unread counts for feeds and folders in the near future. On the other hand, Betaworks seems to be committed on the project, and has promised integration with Evernote and IFTTT, search, and notifications will show up in future iterations. And eventually, a paid version of the reader will be introduced as well.
At this point, the company has clearly stated in the official blog post that the product development is still in progress. I would say that’s completely true as the Digg reader lacks basic RSS service features as stated in the above paragraph. In fact, I think the service should have still stayed in beta: settings don’t stick and there’s no way to find unread feed count at all.
On the other hand, the Digg Reader has got it right in some areas as well. It’s easy enough to search for new feeds to add, but they get added outside of any folders and then need to be dragged where you want it. Scrolling feeds is quicker than Feedly. Apart from these two counts, this service doesn’t quite match up to its existing competitors.