Digg announced on Monday that its RSS reader will start rolling out by next week in phases—everyone should have full access by June 26. Google’s own RSS service is set to be killed off on July 1, so the timing is particularly noteworthy. Many people were in an uproar following Google’s announcement to ax Reader earlier this year, and Digg was one of the first parties to come forward announcing an alternative.
The social news site explained that when Digg Reader launches, it’ll focus squarely on the power user by being clean, simple, functional and fast. Of course, the new service can be imported over from Google Reader, and will offer Digg’s clean reading experience that puts emphasis on the content. Features will include things such as key actions for subscribing, sharing, saving and organizing, and there will be mobile apps capable of syncing with the upcoming Web experience, too.
Once the new service does launch next week, Digg says version one will only be the beginning. Upcoming plans include an Android app, speed improvements, integration with third party services, notifications and better users tools to make the experience more personal. Digg also says that ultimately users will dictate the experience, as it will use customer feedback when building out the service.
Even though the demise of Google Reader is nigh, Digg is stepping up to fill a big void. The service will likely be rough around the edges at launch, but lets remember that it wasn’t all that long ago when Digg started building out its own alternative. We’ll be excited to test it out once it launches for everyone on June 26.