Digg Reader to launch before Google Reader shuts down

The new Digg Reader on iOS. Digg

Digg will start rolling out its new RSS service next week with all users having access by June 26, the site announced in a blog post on Monday.

The first version of the reader -- which lets users import feeds and folders straight from the soon-to-be defunct Google Reader -- will have basic functions, along with a tool that allows users to push what they think are the most important stories to the top. Digg promises to add more over the next few months.

Google announced in March that it would sunset its RSS reader on July 1.

Digg said it surveyed over 18,000 people to gather feedback during the reader's development. As a result, Digg promises the new reader -- called Digg Reader -- will have a "clean reading experience," mobile apps that sync with the Web version, and support for subscribing, sharing, saving and organizing.

"Given the compressed time frame for this sprint, we decided early on that we needed to focus on one type of user. We asked ourselves who had most to lose from the shutdown of Google Reader, and the answer was fairly obvious: the power user, the people who depend on the availability, stability and speed of Reader every day," reads the Digg blog. "The good news is that these users are also the most eager to contribute to the development process."

Digg said it will add even more features in the two months following the launch, including an Android app and integration with other services like Buffer, Evernote and IFTTT. It also plans to add tools to sort, filter, and rank reading lists and feeds based on your network, interests, and likes. Digg will also improve the reader's speed and keep collecting user feedback. After those are complete, the next features on Digg's list are search and notifications.

This post originally appeared on CNET under the headline "Digg Reader launching June 26."

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    Donna Tam is a staff writer for CNET News and a native of San Francisco. She enjoys feasting, merrymaking, checking her Gmail, and reading on her Kindle. Before landing at CNET, she wrote for daily newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune, The Spokesman-Review, and the Eureka Times-Standard.

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