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Follow-up on Feedburner

Well, that was short and sweet. I’ve already exited FeedBurner’s service.

Feedburner has no “exit strategy” and once you get people signing up to your blog’s feeds via a Feedburner link, you’re pretty much stuck with Feedburner forever (unless you’re paying for a premium service that will forward feeds forever for you).

Now I’m waiting for Measure Map (as mentioned by Jeffrey Veen at WE05) to become available so I can check that out properly.

Again, if you have any problems, let me know. It’s possible, if you subscribed to the actual Feedburner feed on the single day or so when that was all that was available, that you may need to re-subscribe. My apologies. 😐

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3 Responses to “Follow-up on Feedburner”

  1. Ben Buchanan Says:

    Heya. I used a PHP trick to get around feed control issues, admittedly on a low-risk feed 🙂 If you have PHP this might be useful (whack this into a file like feed.php):

    $filename = "http://www.website.com/sourcefeed.xml&quot;; // Enter the URL of the source feed
    header("Content-type: application/xml"); // Set the MIME type to application/xml
    readfile($filename); // Read in the source file and send it out to the user

    Basically what happens is you get people to subscribe to the PHP file’s location; it pulls in your feed from wherever it’s currently living and pretends to be an XML file. OK so long as the load doesn’t get too high. You can also get PHP to write the file out to a local XML file; but then you need a cron job to periodically trigger the script.

    Of course if your server doesn’t have PHP, feel free to ignore me 😉

  2. Rick Klau Says:

    Looks like we need to do a better job explaining our exit strategy. We *do* redirect any user’s feeds for them once they decide to stop using our service, details are here: http://www.burningdoor.com/feedburner/archives/001251.html.

    Sorry you didn’t like the service, please let us know how we could have done a better job. In the meantime, if you need help setting up that redirect to get subscribers back to your domain’s feed, let us know!



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    VP, Business Development
    FeedBurner – http://www.feedburner.com
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  3. Vicki Says:

    Ben: thanks for the tip! Good one! Yes I use PHP. 🙂

    Rick: great to get the input. I admire a company that actively seeks out feedback like mine and deals with it as you have done. I’d be happy to discuss my perceptions with you via IM. I’ll just clarify here that I was very happy with FeedBurner’s service but I just got concerned about exiting.