If you were on the web the other day and heard a loud cry of pain echoing through the tubes, it was the sound of many people lamenting the news that Google was going to be shutting down Google Reader.
Yesterday you would have thought that the world was coming to an end (or at least the blogger's world) when Google announced that they were going to be shutting down Google Reader due to a decreasing number of users.
While most people may not know (or understand) what RSS/RSS reader is, which is what Google Reader was, for a very large number of people Reader was their lifeblood. It was how they got their news, stay on top of important events, or just consumed their daily dose of LOLcats. For others, like myself and probably a number of the writers here at VR-Zone, it is also the way that we stay on top of breaking stories so that we can bring attention to our readers the most current news in the tech world.
(One man's trash is another man's treasure.)
In the wake of the announcement, there were also a large number of posts written and tweets posted with alternatives that were available (myself I've switched over to using Feedly), and one of those came from a surprising source – Digg.
Anyone who has been on the web for a while now will remember Digg as being one of the first social news sites that popularized mass sharing and voting up or down of news, but also went through some really trying times before being sold and rebooted to its current incarnation. Following the Google announcement, Digg had one of their own – they were going to build a better Google Reader replacement.
In fact, they apparently had been planning on developing a Google Reader replacement (for some time now) for a launch in the second half of 2013, but Google's closure of Reader has prompted them to speed up development.
We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting. Don’t get us wrong: we don’t expect this to be a trivial undertaking. But we’re confident we can cook up a worthy successor.
If you are interested in their project, they have a page up with a countdown timer until Reader is no more, as well as an email sign-up to keep interested parties up to date with their Reader-replacement project.