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Google remembers they own Feedburner

Google sent out an email today to Feedburner users with the ominous subject, “Upcoming changes to Feedburner”.

It’s Google so my first thought was that they were about to shut it down. No, it’s not quite that bad, but they are shutting down parts of the service.

Starting in July, we are transitioning FeedBurner onto a more stable, modern infrastructure. This will keep the product up and running for all users, but it also means that we will be turning down most non-core feed management features, including email subscriptions, at that time.

This blog and my photoblog each have email subscribers through Feedburner. If you are reading this through one of those emails come visit the site and scroll to the end of the page. There’s a “Subscribe via Email” form you can use to join the 9,145 others who read whatever it is I post here. (How is that number so large? Is that accurate? Reply here please if you are one of them. It’s WordPress stuff you’re looking for isn’t it? Sorry, I haven’t been posting much about that in a long time!)

If you’re reading this through a Feedburner URL and I know there are a few of you out there it might be safer to use https://odd.blog/feed/ instead. You know, just in case Google kills it off. I know it’s unlike them to do that but you never know.

Google Takeout doesn’t include a “Feedburner” directory either. I must export the Feedburner stats and take a look at them. Here’s the tiny graph they show you. Look at that in 2010. Whoah! It’s all been downhill since then. If you’re still reading this blog since then, thank you. I really appreciate your attention since you now have Twitter and Facebook to distract you.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

4 replies on “Google remembers they own Feedburner”

It must be approaching 15 years since I’ve had your blog in my feed reader, I don’t blog much myself anymore, but I appreciate those that do 🙂

Keep it up, I’m still reading!

I got out of the habit of reading feeds over the last few years but I did start using a few mobile readers. I’ll add your blog back to one of them. I remember reading your Adobe post a while back. I still haven’t managed to extricate myself from Lightroom!

D’oh. lost my reply with a ‘your wordpress login as expired’..

I was saying that I’ve been happily using Feedly ever since Google retired their reader. Bought a lifetime subscription to it when they needed a cash injection, and still read my feeds every morning 🙂

I’ve been wanting to get back into the writing habit, so will definitely try to be a bit more active. I also used to write quite a bit of poetry many years ago and have been wanting to pick that up.

Also still happily using Capture One and not missing Lightroom. It helped that they had a lower cost version for Sony cameras. I’m not really taking as many photos as before though. Trying to do more things that get me away from the computer, and whilst photography is good when out taking photos, I don’t really want to end up back in front of the computer processing them. Perhaps some day 🙂

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