When categories are expanded Feedly only shows the site names with unread articles each with a count of unread articles. Sites with no new articles (unread) are hidden. At the bottom of each category is an option to show the other sites and a count of how many sites are hidden. Digg isn’t there yet. All sites are shown. Those with unread articles are not even in bold. This noticeably slows me down. Feedly is more efficient in this regard.
In both Digg and Feedly when a ‘category’ of sites is selected the right section of the page displays all the unread articles from all the category’s sites. In Digg and Feedly one column in the section, in list display mode, lists the site title ahead of the article title. That is nice. Once you move out of ‘LIST’ display mode the readers handle listing the articles source site differently. Feedly’s is way fancier. Digg’s is probably easier and faster to read.
You can make your list of sites followed public or private. I’m not sure where the public list appears. The reader provides a link in Settings to let you see what others will see and for you to share your list. No friending or anything, just share or not.
There is a section titled Read Later in Settings that I don’t understand. There are three sign-ins for Pocket, Readability, and Instapaper. These are services that allow you to cue up things to be read later. This feature was built into Google Reader. So, that has me wondering about how Digg Reader is handling saved pages. I’m also not clear on why an outside service is needed. I’ll have to do some experimenting with Digg Reader.
You can also link your Digg Reader Account to Facebook and Twitter. I have no idea what it is going to put on those sites or pull from them.
And there is a delete account option in Settings.
You also have an option to get an email listing the most interesting, I take that to be popular or most read, articles on Digg.
Not all my sites from Feedly are readable via Digg. I am not sure what is up with that. I’m checking it out. Of all the sites to not work, Myst Online forum is one. 🙁 There are a few sites Digg seems to be having a problem with.
The main site at Digg has greatly improved. While Drudge Report has all the hottest political news Digg has the hottest popular information. Drudge is drudgy looking. I’ve wondered if that is intentional. Digg is nice looking and a fun site to use, a combination of eye and mind candy. Drudge is an acquired taste for the politically informed.
I am thinking Digg Reader is eventually going to be the same. As the Digg Reader is now, it is a useable no frills reader. I expect it to move toward the style of the Digg home page and add eye candy and more features.
The Digg Reader blog promises search. Google Reader had a search that could be pointed at any site in your list. You could search single sites or all the sites. I found this a WAY handy tool. When Digg Reader gets search I may have to abandon Feedly. But, until then Feedly will remain my favorite reader.
I will be using Digg on and off over the next few weeks. If anything fun or interesting happens I’ll probably blog it.