Feedburner is Finally Back Up & Running

A lot of bloggers noticed that Feedburner went down recently and set all the counters to zero, this combined with the earlier announcement that Google was closing the Feedburner API mean that hundreds of thousands of people were convinced Google had shut Feedburner down.

Although it took Google SEVEN WHOLE DAYS they finally got off their butts and fixed the problem and the counters are now displaying correctly again, the whole blogging world sighed with relief – for now.

By staying silent, and taking a full week to fix the problem, Google has shot itself in the foot because thousands of people ditched Feedburner and moved to a more stable service like FeedBlitz.

I am still firmly in the camp that says that Google is not going to shut Feedburner down, it is simply planning to give it a long-needed makeover. I just don’t think even Google could be stupid enough to shut down a service that is vastly popular.

I think they will announce some kind of integration with Google+ which many people have been speculating about for a number of months. I also think they might set up a paid version of the service.

What do you think the future holds for Feedburner?

About Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.

16 thoughts on “Feedburner is Finally Back Up & Running

  1. David

    Most people I know shifted from FeedBurner to its competitors like MediaFed, MailChimp and FeedBlitz. There were a lot of posts on Twitter about signing off from FeedBurner and moving on. I think it is going to be tough for Google to get back all those lost people as they have moved on to stable services. Their only chance is if they give FeedBurner a makeover, add some new features and launch it on a more stable footing.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      This is EXACTLY what I am expecting them to do, maybe it is the optimist in me but I can’t see them closing a popular service that they forked out $100m+ for only a few years ago. πŸ™‚

  2. Mike Reeson

    Dean and David – Thank you for the ideas on which competitors to use. I’m new to all of this, and wasn’t sure which direction to go! Despite FeedBurner being back up and running, I’ve been wanting to switch anyway. Thank you!

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      The companies that David has mentioned are very good and very stable but I believe that all three of them charge a monthly fee but the fee is quite reasonable for peace of mind of a reliable service. πŸ™‚

      Actually I think Mediafed might be an advertising network, I only had a quick glance at it. πŸ™‚

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      I think a lot of people went into panic mode, a mode which will come again on October 21st when the API is being turned off and none of the third party Feedburner plugins will function.

  3. Thomas

    I was so sure about this, it had to happen. Google could not have just made it chargeable or put it off like that. When this issue was in the media, since that time I had a clear idea of feedburner getting back into action once again the same way and yes now the problem has been sorted.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      Bit surprising that it took them a full seven days to fix the situation though, I can only assume the majority of their staff were on holiday. πŸ˜›

  4. Garrett

    I hope they don’t tie it into Google+ but I know I am very likely wrong. It seems EVERYTHING has to be tied into social media these days and even though I hate that and would love to fight it, I know it’s a battle I am going to lose. I might just have to get with the times and accept the inevitable…

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      I too would rather it stayed as it is, but I am thinking along the same line as you and fully expect it to be integrated into Google+. It will be interesting to see how we will be displaying our feed count when they shut the API down on the 21st as all the plugins we use will no longer work.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      I’ve found that my count swings wildly from one day to another and I don’t attract that many subscribers. Maybe October 21st will bring news of a more stable version?

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