Digg: We’re Building an RSS Reader, But Not For Free!

By on May 2, 2013

Digg, one of the world’s largest social news website, is set to establish a Digg RSS Reader throughout the second half of 2013—leaving the internet community itching to experience an all-new reading utility.

A Soon-to-be Google Reader Alternative

According to the company’s blog, the Digg RSS Reader is armed to become a direct alternative to Google reader, which is set to leave the World Wide Web by July 2013.

With this, it is also expected that the said RSS reader would be comprised of features that are quite similar to its so-called predecessor from Google.

Value Added Features

Digg however implied that there would be more to the Digg RSS Reader than just a Google Reader-predecessor. The online company has made a promise that they would see to it that their RSS reader would be suitable to the internet of 2013 and of the other years forward.

On their blog, the company has particularly mentioned that they would be trying to develop a link sharing feature for their RSS reader. This link sharing feature would allow people to share RSS feeds with their friends through popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The possibility of adding a “share via email” feature is also expected.

The reader may also be compatible with read-it-later services such as Readability, Evernote, Instapaper, and Pocket–allowing people to easily keep track of the web contents that they diligently follow.

The Beta Version

The Beta version of the Digg RSS reader is expected to be released by June 2013, approximately a month ahead of the closing of Google Reader.

The Beta version would then allow people to review the web product as it is being established. Digg itself has even announced that they would be more than willing to hear suggestion, comments, and feedbacks from users and prospective customers through the process.

A Product That May Not Be Free

The actual Digg RSS reader could however be a paid product. Digg has particularly announced through their blog that they may need to charge a reasonable fee to the users of the said RSS reader.

Digg emphasized that they do worry about the plummeting fatesof free RSS readers in the internet. More often than not, the said RSS readers fail to maintain themselves throughout time.

The company has also added that they would rather choose to make customers than products out of people and subscribers.

Particularly, they are thinking that it would be a lot better to rely on direct revenues than earnings from certain vague and ambiguous schemes.

The possibility of paying for the Digg RSS reader is nonetheless indefinite as the creation of the product still progresses. The company has not yet announced any particular mode of payment for the use of theproduct.

At the time being, they are still gauging the need for a fee by reaching their customers through surveys. The latest review reveals the 40% of the people who have responded to these so-called surveys have claimed that they would be ready to pay for the RSS reader.

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