When Google Reader shut down last year, I told you why I thought Feedly was the best replacement. Soon after, Digg threw its hat in the ring, and while the Android app left a little to be desired, I was intrigued by the clean, uncluttered design and the no-frills simplicity. Take into account the fact that I'm a big fan of Betaworks, and it feels like I've just been waiting for the right time to make the switch.
What I was waiting for was third-party integration. Since I use Pinboard as my catch-all link bucket, it was crucial that I be able to send articles from Digg to Pinboard with little effort. With Feedly, that's easy- it comes with a slew of third-party integrations with services like Evernote, Pocket, Pinboard, et. al.
All these months later, Digg Reader still lacks sufficient third-party integration, so, if I wanted to switch, I needed to find a way. Here's my fix.
Digg Reader, just like Digg's homepage, includes the ability to "digg" articles. In and of itself, that feature doesn't do much, other than giving you the option to post those diggs to Facebook. If you make those diggs public, though, you can do a lot more with them.
Head into Digg's settings page and scroll down to the "privacy" section. There you'll see the option to make your diggs public. Flip the switch and you'll see a feed url appear. Copy that address.
Now, plug that copied address into this IFTTT recipe, and you're all set. Now, when you digg a story, it will automatically be sent to Pinboard as a public bookmark.
Note that you can also do this for saved items instead, but I chose diggs to save a bit of time. Digg Reader includes a built-in option to send saved stories to your read-it-later service of choice, so when that's set up in combination with the above method, tapping "d" on my keyboard sends stories to Pinboard, and tapping "s" sends them to Instapaper. Easy.
Of course, since we're using IFTTT, this method works for nearly any bookmarking service that IFTTT supports, so if you use Delicious or Zootool, you're covered.
One more thing: if you're switching from Feedly, you'll want to export your feeds for a smooth transition. Back in June, Feedly added the option to export your feeds as an OPML file (which can then be imported into Digg Reader), but they didn't make the option easy to find. It's under the "organize" section of Feedly- you'll have to scroll all the way to the bottom of that section to see it. Alternatively, you can just click here, assuming you're already logged into Feedly.
If you've been looking for a simpler, cleaner feed reader, it's hard to go wrong with Digg Reader, and with this method, you get the third-party integration you need.