Digg was one of the first companies to come out with plans to build a brand new Google Reader
replacement when Google announced that Reader would be retired in July
. Many existing apps like Feedly and Pulse said they would be transitioning to standalone apps, but Digg wanted to build something from scratch, and has been surveying users for the most important features. Now, Digg says its Reader will be available for beta testing in June.
According to Digg's survey, a solid 40% of the 8600 respondents were willing to pay for a Google Reader replacement. Even more surprising, the survey showed that very few people cared about the old social features that nearly caused an Internet riot when Google removed them from Reader. However, close to two-thirds of users like having read-later functionality, which should work out well since Digg's parent company Betaworks just agreed to purchase Instapaper
Digg says that its Reader may not have a ton of social features at launch, but it will have options to share stories via e-mail and various social networks. The beta version will be out in June, which should put Digg on track to have a full version ready for when Reader finally rides off into the sunset.