Digg for RSS — huh. That was my first thought when a Slack friend floated the idea recently while explaining his home screen screenshot. That Digg did RSS wasn't unknown to me, but the idea that an otherwise cogent person might actually dare to use it for RSS, well that was unexpected; for one, RSS isn't really Digg's claim to fame, and by extension, because there are clearly several superior iOS feed readers. Unread, Reeder, Fiery Feeds — all are terrific options, but boredom, a desire for simplicity, and yes, ever-nagging aesthetic concerns, especially as they relate to my own home screen, had left me vulnerable to the idea of something new.
As it turns out, Digg was already on my phone. In fact, I turn to Digg quite a bit when bored for its reliably interesting feed of stories and videos curated from around the internet, while basically ignoring the app's Reader functionality. Now ready to address the oversight, I first had to get my feeds in — this can be done manually, but awkwardly, feed by feed. I have about 50 or so feeds I subscribe to so I wasn't exactly keen on this option, and so instead, I ended up going to Digg's website where an import of an OPML export from Feed Wrangler was largely straight forward (perhaps it's there, but for the life of me I couldn't find an OPML import option inside the app).
Once setup, what you you're offered in Digg Reader is no-frills, but still well thought out:
- 3D Touch Quick Actions for Home, Video, and Reader allow you to jump right into unread feeds and Peek and Pop are available throughout the app.
- There's no edge swiping to the next article, but left and right navigation arrows are nearly as effective.
- Share sheet menus are easily accessible.
- Landscape view is supported and the app is universal for iPad users.
- Digg ships with a dark theme for night reading — though it has to be manually enabled.
What Digg is missing is Safari View Controller for web views, but Digg says that is "coming soon." Otherwise I have really no complaints — even if visually I think Digg's typography and iconography could be improved. These aren't beautiful pixels, but they function just fine.
As with Readability, I'm not here to offer a glowing recommendation of Digg for those looking for a really nice RSS reader — there is a better reading experience in Unread, and a more functional experience in Fiery Feeds, it's just those options weren't solving certain problems unique to me at this moment. The beauty of the App Store is that there are no right or wrong decisions, only individual choices. So by all means use what works for you — thus far, Digg is working just fine for me.