Faithful Google Reader users have spent the last day asking themselves what they'll do when the RSS service shuts down on July 1st, and one of the more unlikely options might be coming from Digg. The company just announced in a blog post that it plans to build its own version of Google Reader that "makes the Internet a more approachable and digestible place." The company's vision involves identifying and rebuilding the best features of Reader while simultaneously making it "fit the Internet of 2013." From the sound of things, that'll include plenty of ways to hook your RSS into the social web, as the company explicitly mentioned sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Reddit as "powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what's interesting."
The company had actually planned on doing this in the second half of 2013, but following Google's announcement, the company says its RSS reader project has moved to the top of its priority list. To help pull this new project off, Digg is currently asking for suggestions and feature requests from potential users. Ideally, since Digg plans to use the Google Reader API, the new service will sync with existing clients. It's too soon to say whether or not this will be a seamless substitute for Google Reader, but it should give RSS junkies a little bit of hope.