I haven't yet merged my account and all of sudden my counts dropped 1,400 subscribers. I can't imagine that 1,400 people unsubscribed in a day? I've noticed this from Feedburner on and off for the last few months. At e-metrics, someone told me it had to do with them dropping counts from different news readers.
At least my drop was was big as Tech Crunch.
Stephen Downes prefers to use his own stats log:
So, there's something funky before the merge!
Last week I started looking into alternatives to Feedburner to track RSS subscribers because Chris Baskind's post, "Is It Time To Let Feedburner Burn?" made me pause and wonder whether Feedburner is still the best option for tracking subscriber growth overtime.
Chris's post gives a condensed history of Feedburner and how the need for its services has changed given the social media landscape over the past 5 years. In the early days, it was a small company focused on making it easier for publishers to manage their RSS feeds, and for people to use them. He summarizes the Google acquisition in February, 2007 and how the service has evolved slowly since that time.
Chris notes that FeedBurner is now Google AdSense for Feeds, and says "users is slowly being converted to the new identity. But all is not well. Users have been impatient and frustrated with Google’s lack of urgency in handling what used to be a mobile, customer-focused service." He points to this post by Duncan Riley from December, 2008 wondering how the backend might change. He goes on to critique problems with the quality of Feedburner's functionality. This one point caught my eye:
His conclusion states:
I took a look at some of the "A-List" bloggers with large followings who are still using Feedburner, so wondering whether Chris's post is predicting the future or not.
I tracked Chris down on Twitter (@lighterfootstep) and asked him if there were other free feed management tools available. No, but there are fee-based services. Here's the thread. He suggested MINT which has a module called "BirdFeeder" which tracks your RSS subscribers. It isn't a hosted service though and not free, but not overly expensive.
- Are you experiencing problems with Feedburner?
- Are you using something different?
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