It is no secret that I am a big fan of Uncle Google. But this is heights. Its been almost 2 years now since Google acquired Feedburner and the customers have been facing one issue after another since then. This is contrary to what many had assumed when Google bought Feedburner.

Feedburner Issue – Subscriber count suddenly drops


Feedburner has been facing some glitches but the most important one of them all is the sudden drop in subscriber count. Earlier only the widgets were having this issue, and I had even suggested a simple work-around to save from the embarrassment. But then, the issue has gone from bad to worse.

Now, not just the widgets/API, the actual count goes down every other day. Have a look at the screenshot below (taken from Technically Personal Feedburner account)


Notice the (dirty) red arrows in the image above. My RSS feed subscriber count dropped from 1300+ to 400+. I know that I am not the only one facing this issue. Over the past 6 months or so, many eminent blogs/bloggers have written about this and amazingly enough Google has not done anything but asking everyone to move from Feedburner to Google. Absolutely nothing has changed post-movement of feeds. Some of the articles about Feedburner issue

1. Feedburner Needs To Get It Together – TechCrunch
2. FeedBurner Subscriber Stats Having Major Issues – SeroundTable
3. The FeedBurner Subscriber Count Drop Issue – Blogsessive
4. Google, Can You Please Fix Feedburner? – DailyBlogTips

Ironically, Feedburner Status blog had written this post sometime back acknowledging the issue and finally closing it saying its resolved.

5. Reduced subscribers reported by Google Feedfetcher

But the fact is, nothing has been fixed, nothing has been resolved, nothing has been done.

As per my observation, this issue looks like not including those users who have subscribed by eMail. It doesn’t look like a tough thing to fix, does it? But Google seems to be adamant in ignoring this till now.

Image credits: Google blog

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Raju is the founder-editor of Technology Personalized. A proud geek and an Internet freak, who is also a social networking enthusiast. You can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. Mail Raju PP. Follow rajupp


21 thoughts on “When Will you Fix FeedBurner Mr. Google?

  1. @Raju
    I am not amused you write this post on feed burner as I see your frustration through tweets in twitter mentioning showing less subscriber count,this is really annoying for any blogger.Feed burner service should be reliable,it’s not this single time it happened showing dip in subscriber count in the past also.This should be considered seriously by Google, hoping Google will fix this issue soon.

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  2. i hope google will fix this problem very soon.I noticed few bloggers complaining that.I noticed feed counts dropping frequently since past 2weeks.

  3. This is the most common issue that every blogger is facing.
    Specially when I don’t update my blog for a day..I can see a significant decrease in subscription count..

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  4. 1300+ to 400+? That sux.. I haven’t had any problems so far with my feedburner subscribers. It’s increasing slowly but steadily to 300 now

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  5. This feedburner issue is too annoying and now I’ve stopped looking at it. I hope Google will fix it soon…

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  6. No problem, google will buy some company to get feedburner fixed or maybe will buy other company to subtitute feedburner and tell us to move to the new company, who knows! πŸ™‚

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  7. This is too annoying. You will have 500 subscribers today, and about 70 tomorrow! :S

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  8. Hi Raju, This post is almost an year old now. Do you find any troubles now. Because It’s my turn now. My feedburner count dropped from around 500 to 150!!! WTF!!

    How much time it did it took for things to get back to normal in your case. Is their something I can do about it? Thanks in advance Raju πŸ™‚

    • Nothing much has changed. It is still as bad as before. Today my count dropped from 6700 to 6031!! And I guess this time, it is some issue of excluding Friendfeed subscribers from the actual count. Anyway I have stopped worrying about Feedburner now.

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