As announced, today, June 26th, Digg is beginning to roll out their new Digg Reader in beta.
The first invites have already gone out to their survey participants that gave them guidance on what kind of reader to build over the last few months. Now, Digg is sending out invites to those who have signed up for a peek at the beta.
(If you’ve yet to do so, you can do it here)
Digg reiterates that their new reader is primarily targeted at Google Reader refugees:
“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,” they say.
Digg Reader beta launches with keyboard shortcuts, social media sharing, saving features, and recommendations for feeds to follow. In the future, Digg says they will add search, “mark as unread” feature, more sharing options, and data exporting.
And we’re getting an app – tomorrow, they say. Well, iOS users are. Android users are going to have to wait. That’s one of Digg’s promises for the future, which they say will be completed by the end of next month.
Once we have a chance to take a look, we’ll be back with a full walkthrough. For not, Digg joins a crowded list of RSS readers looking to replace the beloved (but not beloved enough) Google Reader – including AOL, who just launched their product earlier this week.