The official announcement from Digg was a short one: “Digg Reader is planning to shut down on March 26, 2018. Sign in to export your data. It’s been fun.” And so, popular RSS reader, Digg Reader, might be going away by end of March 2018.
Note that Digg itself isn’t being shut down; just the RSS reader service. Digg Reader itself became popular with the death of Google Reader, and now users must find an alternative to switch to.
RSS readers have survived till date because they offer a convenient means of aggregating news from multiple sources. Instead of opening each individual website for updates, using an RSS reader let’s you get a quick overview from them all and then you can click on the items that interest you to read the full content.
Convenience is the word.
What Is RSS?
RSS is an abbreviation of the phrase, Rich Site Summary, originally called RDF Site Summary, and also often called, Really Simple Syndication. Whatever you call it, RSS lets you access web updates from multiple sources in one place.
I have not been a huge user of feed readers. I used Google Reader and FlipBoard sparingly at some time. Perhaps it is time for me to give it another shot. Many people just use social media as a means of getting their updates today.
The downside of social media is that you can easily miss out on some updates if you have a busy time-line.
Digg Reader Alternatives
Feed readers come in a wide range of packages. At the end of the day, personal preference will dictate what you use. Here are some alternatives to Digg Reader that you can explore:
- Tiny Tiny RSS
- Feedreader Online
- The Old Reader
Give them a spin to see which serves your purposes the best. There are also many others out there that you can explore.
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