Google Reader is less than a week away from being torn from our lives forever. Many of us have already begun the hunt for a new RSS feed service. But, nothing will make up for the loss we will feel when all of those cool RSS reader apps we bought become completely useless because they were connected to our Google Reader account.
If you are still looking for a new way to manage your blog subscriptions, Digg may be your savior. Today, the company has launched an iOS app to work alongside users’ online feeds. The app features RSS support and makes it possible for you to dump all of your current Google Reader subscriptions in before the doors close on July 1.
According to the company’s blog, Digg reader for iPhone and iPad is still in beta but as of now, you can download the app, sign into your Google account, and move all of your RSS subscriptions over.
The import works seamlessly and takes only a few seconds (maybe more if you have a lot of blogs on your list).
Users don’t have to use a Google Reader account. You can also start your own RSS feed by browsing recommended blogs or searching for a specific website.
The app features:
- Speedily migrate your feeds and folders from Google Reader
- Use keyboard shortcuts, just like in Google Reader: j and k to move between articles, s to save, d to digg, and v to view URL
- Read using either List or Expanded View
- Jump to a view of your most popular unread items (as calculated by the rapidly-evolving algorithms of our data scientist) by clicking Popular
- Save to Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability
- Share to Twitter and Facebook
- Digg posts you like, Save posts for later, and set those actions as either private or public
- Share your Diggs or Saved feed (if public) with friends by grabbing its unique URL in Settings
- Browse through 25 categories of publishers and sources recommended by Digg’s editors, by clicking on “Add”
- Search for feeds by clicking “Add” and typing the source name
You may notice that there are still a few important features that are not listed above. That’s because the developers at Digg are still working on the service. Over the next few months, they will be adding a bunch of features that will make your experience even better.
- Android app (before end of July)
- Additional options like “View Only Unread” and “Mark As Unread”
- Useful ways to rank and sort your posts and stories, such as (1) by popularity within your social networks, (2) by interestingness to you, and (3) by article length
- Better tools for organizing feeds and folders, as well as support for tagging
- More options for sharing and sending (e.g., to LinkedIn, Google+, WordPress, Tumblr, Squarespace, Evernote, Dropbox, Buffer), and integration of IFTTT functions
- Browser extension and/or bookmarklet
- Ability to import and export your data
- Uber for cronuts
You can download the Digg app from the App Store for free right now. Get to it before you loose your Google Reader feed forever.