|The ZERO subscriber count phenomena!|
Feedburner user? I bet you, among other gazillion users like me, went through a massive panic attack yesterday when you saw your subscriber count went zilch, nada, ZERO! You're also probably still reeling with a bit of anxiety since the subscriber count is still zero as of today, just like mine. Not to say, the exaggerated confusion caused by misinterpretation of feedburner API shutting down on October 20th that's going abuzz
I went digging and here's the REAL deal. AS REAL AS IT CAN BE.
- Feedburner is just being its normal GLITCHY self. Yes, it's having major glitch right now and it's NOT because it was shut down. According to their blog, it is a data issue they're currently resolving.
- Feedburner API is shutting down NOT the service. Yes, the API, which stands for Application Programming Interface. In non-geeky term, it's the access offered to geeks so they can create a program "to interact with FeedBurner feeds, services and stored analytics". A third-party application. In short, shutting or deprecating THE ACCESS to feedburner API simply means developers can no longer make use of the API but the service itself is left intact.
- Google will LET YOU KNOW if it will shut down a product or service. Yes they do! It happened when they had to retire BLOGGERS in DRAFT. Kind of killed by their own product. Ironic. But, they do prior announcement because they know they'll cause major heart attacks (if not hate-attacks) if they just kill-off a service without telling their gazillion users!
See? The rumors are NOT true! (Happy dance?) So stop the stressing and rest easy. Sleep well tonight (I know, I will!) knowing this is all but a glitch and who knows, your subscriber count and mine will magically appear tomorrow! Cross your fingers. Or, here's a suggestion, start looking into other similar services if you NO LONGER WANT THIS HEADACHE and this love-hate relationship with Feedburner. I heard Feedblitz is great during a conference. Only caveat, IT'S NOT FREE. So, your choice.
Me? Le sigh!
UPDATE: I did more digging and found this!