There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth this morning as Google announced it was axing Google Reader on July 1st. What are the options? Well, Digg… yes, Digg… announced they’ll be working on an RSS reader that will be everything Google Reader was and more.
The company’s vision involves identifying and rebuilding the best features of Reader while simultaneously making it “fit the Internet of 2013.” From the sound of things, that’ll include plenty of ways to hook your RSS into the social web, as the company explicitly mentioned sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Reddit as “powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting.”
The company had actually planned on doing this in the second half of 2013, but following Google’s announcement, the company says its RSS reader project has moved to the top of its priority list. To help pull this new project off, Digg is currently asking for suggestions and feature requests from potential users. Ideally, since Digg plans to use the Google Reader API, the new service will sync with existing clients.