Digg Reader Is Shutting Down… RIP RSS
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Digg Reader is shutting down on March 26. And while users are being assured they can export their feeds after Digg Reader has gone, this is still the end of another RSS feed reader. The options for RSS fans What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? Read More are dwindling by the day. So, is this RIP RSS?

In March 2013, Google decided to shutter Google Reader. This was THE biggest and best RSS feed reader available at the time, and people rightfully mourned its death. Thankfully, there were some replacements waiting in the wings. And some newcomers too.

The Beginning and End of Digg Reader

One of these newcomers was Digg Reader, which promised to do everything Google Reader did plus more. It succeeded too, offering the standard elements essential in any RSS feed reader, plus extra elements such as the option to browse popular sources.

Unfortunately, now, almost five years after it was launched, Digg Reader is being shut down. And users such as myself logging into Digg Reader have been hit with the following message informing us of its impending demise:

“Digg Reader is shutting down on March 26, 2018. Bummer, we know. Export and download your feeds and folders from digg.com/settings and you can add those to another reader product. Don’t worry! You can grab your feeds after Reader is gone. Digg will still exist, and you can contact us at support@digg.com if you have any trouble. We love you.”

Beyond that there’s just a simple post on Digg’s support pages titled “Goodbye to Digg Reader“. This is all about helping Digg Reader users to export their feeds to another RSS reader, with Digg suggesting alternatives including Feedly, Panda, and NewsBlur.

Exporting your feeds from Digg Reader is simple enough. Just go to Digg.com/settings, scroll down to Export, and then download the list of feeds you’re subscribed to. Select where you want to save the OPML XML file, and you’re then all set to switch.

RSS Isn’t Dead, But the End Is Nigh

The problem is that the number of RSS feed readers is dwindling. AOL Reader shut down at the beginning of the year, and more are bound to follow as RSS becomes even less popular than it is now. Which is unfortunate for those of us who still use it on a daily basis.

RSS isn’t quite dead yet, but it’s close to needing life support to keep it breathing. Still, some of the alternatives to Google Reader we recommended in 2013 Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More are still in business, so you might as well make the most of them while you still can.

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  1. Jeff Edsell
    March 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Seeing this "RIP RSS" headline in my Feedly gave me a chuckle.

  2. Vladimir Shabanov
    March 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Try BazQux Reader. It's neither free nor planning to close ;)

  3. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    March 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Google Reader has been the best and everyone's fave RSS feed reader until Google killed it. After that, most of us have jumped to Feedly. I don't think RSS will die or go anywhere anytime soon. #LongLiveRSS #RSSForever #RSS4ever

  4. Serge Courrier
    March 15, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Is this some kind of trolling journalism? Are you really serious? RIP RSS :-)? Digg Reader didn't evolved for years, when Inoreader, Feedly, Newsblur, Newsbin, Netvibes, Tiny Tiny RSS, Liferea and much continue to be creative.
    RSS is dying when 30% of world's websites are build on WordPress wich offers RSS by default?
    RSS is dying when Websub (ex-Pubshubbubub) is becoming a W3C stabdard?
    Come on!

  5. Tommy Crosby
    March 15, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I never heard of Digg Reader. That's probably why it's dead.
    After Google, people jumped to Feedly and I rarely ever seen another worthy RSS reader getting traction besides Inoreader that might also be a good one.

    • Thant Zin
      March 15, 2018 at 2:14 am

      I'm a paid user of InoReader. I would recommend it anytime.

      • Delta
        March 15, 2018 at 6:51 am

        I agree with Zin. After Google Reader dumped us out in the cold I tried all the then available feed readers and settled on Inoreader and haven't looked back since. It is fast, reliable and very easy to use with great support.

  6. Brandon Roth
    March 14, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Where is your RSS feed? Between that missing and now the dumb prompt to disable my adblocker, I am rethinking even reading your site. I know you have an RSS feed as I use it with your site but I can't seem to find the actual link on your site anymore.

    • Scott
      March 15, 2018 at 4:26 am
      • James Bruce
        March 15, 2018 at 9:22 am

        Yeh - it's in the page meta. We don't add a button for it because the technology is largely invisible. Just add the website to your feed reader, it will automatically find the feed from the meta.

    • Bill S.
      March 15, 2018 at 6:55 am

      I don't know about other RSS readers but if you use Inoreader you just paste the address of a site into the "Search or Subscribe" box and it will locate any available RSS feed for that site and let you easily subscribe and organize the feed.