How many of you are still looking for a good substitute for Google Reader? You might want to consider the one that has been created by Digg. They have announced that their Digg Reader version 1 will begin rolling out next week. Everyone will have access to it by June 26th, 2013. That’s a few days before Google kills off Google Reader (which is set to die on July 1, 2013).
Digg says that their engineering team, that has been building the Digg Reader since March of this year, consists of 5 people. They asked people what they wanted to see in a Reader and the response indicated that people want it to be fast and simple, and that they wanted the Digg Reader to let them import their feeds and folders from Google Reader.
Here’s what the beta release of the Digg Reader will include:
* 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.
The Digg Blog also notes that the Digg Reader will be a “freemium” product. All of the features that are being introduced next week will be part of the free experience.
Correction: When I first posted this blog, I wrote that Google Reader was shutting down on June 1, 2013. That was incorrect. Today, June 19, 2013, I changed it to the correct information. Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1, 2013.
Those of you who are lamenting the upcoming loss of Google Reader are not alone – not by far. There are a lot of people right now who are seeking an alternative to replace it (with varying degrees of success, depending upon each person’s needs). Digg has a different way of solving this problem. They are going to build a new one.
Digg announced this news on their blog, in a post titled: “We’re Building a Reader”. It turns out that they had been planning on building their own version of an RSS reader anyway. The news about the demise of Google Reader caused them to push this project to the head of the line. Their blog said:
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.
The “bad news” is that the RSS reader that Digg is designing isn’t ready for you to use right now. It’s still being created. However, the “good news” is that they are seeking input about what, exactly, you would like to see in their RSS reader. Leave them a comment on their blog, and there is potential that they will incorporate it. The other “good news” is that when they are finished, there will be another viable alternative to Google Reader.
Yahoo! continues to condense the Yahoo! Giant. This time, it’s Yahoo! Buzz – the Digg-like site that aggregates news articles. In a statement made on the website, it says:
Yahoo! Buzz will be discontinued as of April 21, 2011. As of this date, you will be unable to access the Yahoo! Buzz site. This was a hard decision. However this will help us focus on our core strengths and new innovations.
We appreciate your patronage.
The Yahoo! Buzz Team
In the last 6 months, Yahoo! has continued to close down properties. Yahoo! 360, MyBlogLog, AllTheWeb and more. All put in mothballs.
Some properties continue to thrive – for now. Delicious almost saw demise, but Yahoo! corrected by stating the bookmarking site is actually “For Sale” (unless it did get sold. Last time I heard, the sale was unofficial news). Other sites we saw for sale were Yahoo! HotJobs (sold to Monster) and it’s search engine (to Microsoft).
No word why Buzz isn’t getting sold. Maybe they tested the market waters and no one wanted it.
Do You have the Buzz Widget on your Website?
One thing to note – if you installed the Buzz widget on your site, you might want to take it off.
No, not the Google Buzz widget. That’s still around.
Yahoo! Buzz launched Feb 26, 2008 to tepid fanfare. They launched to counter Digg. Earlier this year when content farms got hit with a new Google algorithm, Digg had to restructure. I guess Yahoo just wanted to be done with it.