Before Google Reader is executed on July 1, Digg will launch its own RSS reader—in beta form, mind you—this June. The revived social news platform announced its intentions to offer an alternative back in March, almost immediately following Google’s announcement that Reader would be shut down. And it’s great to hear the company’s hard work will turn out a working product before July.
When Digg said it was building a replacement, the company opened itself up to suggestions for what features were most important to users and developers. According to an informal survey posted to Digg’s blog on Tuesday, some interesting results have turned up. It seems that even though Reader was a free service, 40 percent of people said they’d happily pay for a solid replacement, highlighting just how beloved Google’s outgoing RSS reader service is.
Other results from the survey found which services people like to use most for sharing—email is still king, followed closely by Facebook and Twitter—and what type of “Read Later” services are most popular. Surprisingly, many respondents said they don’t use a read later service at all (Pocket was the most popular) so perhaps Digg will add a home-bred functionality to its own platform.
With Reader’s final closure date almost here, the many alternatives are sounding better every day. But Digg’s option could wind up being the winner. The company managed to scrape itself back from obscurity and redesigned a pretty solid new website, so it seems the upcoming RSS service is in good hands.