- the transfer of your Feedburner feeds to your Google account before they shut down at the end of February
- criticisms of the Feedburner service by Michael Arrington at TechCrunch
Techcrunch lambasts Google and Feedburner
Google acquired Feedburner on June 1, 2007 for $100M in Cash. Last Thursday, Michael Arrington at TechCrunch made some very serious criticisms of Feedburner - see Feedburner Needs To Get It Together. In 2008, Arrington was identified by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world so it pays to listen to what he has to say!
In essence his criticism is that Google is treating Feedburner as a vehicle for distributing its ads and is just not demonstrating any interest in proving a decent service for all the various web 2.0 activities which rely on feeds. He says:
- complaints about Feedburner continue
- the service is becoming unreliable
- Feedburner problems plague website owners far more than they should
- Google has taken far too long since acquisition to absorb Feedburner and sort it out
- Distribution of blog content has slowed down - a killer in the 'breaking news' business
- Google are far more focused on providing a blog for their AdSense ads than they are in providing a blog which supports Feedburner and addressing questions of performance. The "Burning Questions" Feedburner blog was closed down on 23rd December 2008. (If Michael had looked a little harder he would have noticed a 7 month gap with no posts at all!)
they have to focus on the quality of the service, too, or the ecosystem won’t work. The message they’re sending to everyone is that the service doesn’t deserve a blog, just the advertising they bolt onto it. Imagine if they did the same thing with search.
Feedburner Needs To Get It Together
- Google Groups posts known issues and workarounds for Feedburner
- and yet broken stats and implementation problems associated with the transfer of feeds are sitting around for days and not being resolved.
Transfer of Feedburner Feeds
Google started transferring the feed files recently and having sorted most of the people with adsense accounts they're now moving on to the likes of me (and you!).
Note we all MUST transfer by the end of February. The most important bit of this message is you don't have an option. You need to get your feedburner feeds transferred to a Google account before the end of February.
I transferred mine yesterday - and the transfer of feeds for multiple blogs took about 30 seconds.
There was a warning that your subscriber numbers can go a little bit haywire to start with. My subscriber numbers are fine - but my reach numbers have bombed and gone to zero. However like a lot of other people I did watch my subscriber numbers go haywire temporarily last week on the old feedburner site!
Note that you lose your the stats for site items - you will therefore now need Google Analytics for that. (see Making A Mark Guide - Installing Google Analytics on your Blog which is listed on the website page for Making A Mark Publications.)
You will no longer be able to sign in to feedburner.com. From now on, you may now view and manage your feeds by visiting: http://feedburner.google.comYou can also find the link to Feedburner in your Google Account "My Account" page. If you have any questions, please visit their Transfer FAQ.
Your old FeedBurner feeds (at feeds.feedburner.com) will automatically redirect traffic to their new addresses on the feeds2.feedburner.com domain. All of your feeds have been moved into your Google Account, along with your traffic stats. If you see “0” for the most recent day, don’t panic! It may take up to a week for a feed’s full dose of stats to appear in your Google Account.
When you've got your feeds transferred and start wondering about the new chart it pays to read Los colores bonitos, or how I learned to stop worrying and compare multiple feed metrics from the new blog which explains what the green and blue lines are in the chart.
UPDATE (after comments) If you find feeds confusing try reading my Subscriptions 101 guide and see if that helps
- A Making A Mark Guide: Subscriptions 101 (Feedburner) (August 2008)