Digg updated it’s Google Reader replacement today, responding to the top user requests posted on the site’s online forum. RSS addicts using the online service will see two new features starting this morning: the option to view only unread posts, and the ability to mark an article as unread. Both updates are currently available on desktop browsers, but won’t be available on the iPhone or iPad until the next version of the iOS app is released.
What looked like a crowded field of RSS feed services looking to swoop in when Google Reader shuttered its doors has proven a disappointment to many, as most replacement options are seriously lacking when compared to Google’s now-extinct service and none have measured up completely so far. The latest update to Digg Reader, however, shows that the company is serious about creating a great product and willing to work with its users while taking their criticism and suggestions seriously.
Of course, Digg’s service still has a ways to go before it reaches Google Reader levels, but it quickly became my RSS patch at the beginning of July and I’ve found the transition to be pretty smooth with few complaints if any. There’s still plenty of room for improvement though.
The same Digg forum requesting suggestions lists a number of worthy updates, including auto refresh, font and text size options, social media and email sharing, an alternative dark color theme that’s easier on the eyes, and a notification that would go off when an RSS feed you follow is terminated. With so much room for improvement, hopefully Digg Reader keeps rolling out new updates for both desktop and mobile at a steady pace.