Digg Reader, one of the more anticipated Google Reader replacements, is finally available to the public on the Web. The release slots in beside Digg’s iOS app, which was recently updated to integrated the new Reader service. It was a little later than the reborn social news site promised, but it’s still hitting before Google finally says goodbye to its own RSS service on July 1.
Digg’s replacement has only been in development for a few months, and the company has admitted it’ll be fairly barebones from the outset. It’ll certainly be an adjustment for those used to Google Reader, but that just means Digg’s new service has plenty of room for growth in the coming months—I’m hoping the Mac app Reeder can integrate it soon. I used the Web version of Digg’s new service briefly last night, and it’s definitely minimal.
Signing up couldn’t have been easier. I simply entered my Google credentials and it pulled in all my feeds without a problem. It seems at this point all you can really do with Digg Reader is save and share stories to Facebook and Twitter, but not much else. Again, this is very early, and more features were promised down the road in a blog post announcing the arrival of Digg Reader. The website said an Android app will be available in a few weeks, for what it’s worth.
There are plenty of Google Reader alternatives out there, with Feedly becoming the most well-known over the past month or so. Still, if you’re already mourning the death of GReader, and want something minimal and fast, there’s always Digg’s new option, which is free for now; the company said a paid alternative might come down the road.