RSS feeds are my crack cocaine – I spend hours a day on my feeds consuming news, information and everything in between. So the quality of my RSS reader is supremely important to me, and I’m really fussy about my reading experience.
When I read the Google Blog announcement that Google Reader would be discontinued in 2013, I remember feeling an acute sense of panic. I loved Google Reader for its simplicity, even if I had to suffer the Gmail-like interface (which I detest), and it was really convenient to run through a large number of feeds in short time. Other RSS readers like Newsblur, The Old Reader and Feedly were either too clunky or too undercooked at the time.
So Digg’s announcement about the launch of its Reader came as a big relief to me. It was perfect – simple, quick, easy to work with, and didn’t require you to make sense of the main Digg site which still feels like a pointless waste of time. Anyway, Digg became the perfect sequel to Google Reader.
I switched from Digg Reader to Feedbin a year ago, because Feedbin has amazing feed management tools, and is even simpler and cleaner than Digg. But every once in a while, my brain will still decide to fart and instruct my fingers to type out the URL for Digg Reader instead of Feedbin – the result of a habit of accessing Digg Reader 30 times a day for three years.
So it was sad to read about the closure of Digg Reader. You will be missed. I hope that being the subject of my first long blog post in more than five years is a sufficient tribute!