Feedburner down? (and what is feedburner?)
August 24, 2007
Looks like feedburner is down. I just went to check my readership figures and it showed Zero subscribers. In all humility, I accept that I don’t have too many readers, but I feel happy for every click I get (don’t the others?) and so keep checking the figures ever so often. Anyway, this is what feedburner shows me:
Definitely something fishy! Google, what are you doing? First the confusion in the Gmail Logo and now this?
Anyway, for those who don’t know what feedburner is: Feedburner is a service that lets you redirect all your readership through a single access point. Think of it as a gate through which the feeds would pass. Hence, you can do a bunch of stuff with your feeds:
- Add stuff to your feeds, like advertisements, or burn amazon associates id to every book review you post
- Make several changes to your feed format to make it standards compliant and provide other frills. It would also provide better uptime if you have a self-hosted blog
- Clip your blog posts so that people reading it in a reader are forced to come to your blog and increase hits (*wicked curled lips*)
- Publicize it better, with those cool-looking “617k subscribers” (not mine :P) type logos
- Provide extra services like ‘Subscribe by email’
- Of course, track you readership
- One benefit which I love but is often glossed over is to be able to change your blog URL and still have people get updates on the same feed. You can essentially tell people to go to a different room at the gate, to lift the paradigm of my earlier example
Feedburner has a page on its site where it gives reasons for using it. It’s good a video too (though I haven’t watched it!)
Feedburner was recently acquired by Google. Google also added a new feed-redirection feature to their blogger service which lets people redirect their blogger feed. I wish wordpress.com provided that (you can do it in self-hosted wordpress though)
If you are serious about blogging, feedburner (or a similar service) is a must have. Provided they fix the aforementioned problem, that is.