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Digg... Digg Reader...

"Ahh! Sorry, what!"

That's exactly how people responded to when we asked them if they knew about Digg Reader, an alternative feed service recently launched by the social networking site. Rest assured we didn't get the blues, it was an anticipated reaction.

Much to my despair, since I STILL happen to be a dedicated Digg-er, the "Are you a crackpot" expression one gets is heartening. Being a site with 3.8 million unique visitors and ranked as a competitive social networking platform once, Digg is now in a sorry state. Last July, the company was in the throes of a acquisition battle and split off in three parts to be sold.

Well don't fault me to take that lamenting tone. However, I am happy that the spirits in the Digg camp are still alive. Efforts to stay afloat are on. In this view, Digg too joined the bandwagon to provide users an alternate to the phased out Google Reader.

According to the official statement on Digg's official blog, the Digg Reader went live a week ago. That's the amount of time that has elapsed and there's no buzz.

"After a week of testing and scaling, adding batches of users and improving our infrastructure, we’re happy to fully open Digg Reader to the public! To give you a sense of scale, last night we were crawling over 3.3 million feeds. We’re now up to 4.5 million. That’s a lot of data – and it’s growing quickly – but (at the risk of tempting the cruel and unforgiving Fates), the site has remained speedy and stable."

Here is a 5-step easy tutorial for those looking for alternatives to Google Reader. It's not the best or out-of-the box option, but an option to import all your data at a safe spot at the moment nonetheless.

1. Go to Google Takeout (https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader)

2. Select "Create Achive" to gather all your exportable data in a compact folder/file.

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3. Choose the "Download" function to enable a smooth import function.

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4. Log into Digg.com/reader and directly upload the Google Takeout zipped file.

5. For those with a Digg account already, you can directly navigate to the Settings to upload the imported file. Digg Reader accepts files in OPML, XML and other commonly used formats.

In addition, users can also use the Digg app, available on iOS for reading, sharing and publishing articles they find interesting.

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