Just moments ago we sent out the first batch of invites to the survey participants who powered our development process. Over the next few hours, we’ll open Digg Reader to the rest of the users who have signed up for early access. Our goal is to make sure the experience remains speedy and stable.
If you want to jump into the queue, you can sign up here: digg.com/reader. As we scale up over the next day or so, we’ll be adding users in increasingly larger batches.
This beta version is aimed first and foremost at Google Reader users looking for a new home in advance of its imminent shutdown. Once you connect your Google Account, you’ll find all of your feeds and folders set up and ready to go. And even if you’re not a Google Reader refugee, come on in! You can build up your list of sources by browsing recommended publishers or searching for feeds via the “Add” button.
Once you’re in, you’ll be able to:
- 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
But wait, there’s more!
Digg Reader for iPhone and iPad will be live in the Apple App Store tomorrow.
Before we get too impressed with ourselves, we want to reiterate that this is very much a beta release. Our focus over the past 3 months has been to build a simple, clean, fast, uncluttered reading experience. We will be working intensively in the coming months to build out all the remaining features and capabilities on our to-do list. And of course, we’ll be paying close attention to feedback from users.
Things we’ll be rolling out in the next few months include:
- 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
We’re excited for you to try out this first version of Digg Reader! Please send your feedback, suggestions, and feature requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and definitely let us know if you find any bugs. We will smite them.