Google started this year with aggressively reviewing its product portfolio. A number of services were announced to be shut down recently. That’s fine, times are tough. And even if they were not – I still admire the decisiveness of any large product company to occasionally merge similar things and kill the ones that haven’t gained traction. I’ve had to make a few of those decisions myself and they are never easy.
So when logging in to FeedBurner a week ago they proposed they merge my feeds into my Google account, it really wasn’t a surprise. After all FeedBurner had been already acquired by Google last June and something had to happen some day.
These sort of transitions are bound to introduce glitches, too. So I didn’t feel like bitching at once, but give it some time. Now, a week after the transition this is becoming a textbook example of how not to merge products if you are not ready.
This is what I as a long time user am struggling with still today, 7 days after:
- I used to be a paid customer for premium stats services of FeedBurner. It seems for the part they now killed because of the overlap with Google Analytics – makes sense. However, nowhere in the process have I learned what happened to my credit relationship, will I continue to be charged or not. Not even a note in the lines of “thanks for your business, now we’re free”, if that is the case.
- The RSS subscribers count for this blog, for example, fell from 271 to 128. It was supposed to “get adjusted in a week”, which it has not. And guess what seems to be the issue – the RSS reader type that seems to have vanished from the stats is… Google Reader…
- I have been splicing public bookmarks into my feed via del.icio.us. This does not work any more. When I go to feedburner.google.com settings, the configuration data is still there, but re-saving it displays an error message of “username stent doesn’t exist on del.icio.us”. Which is not true, of course.
- Splicing photos from my Flickr feed does not work either, automatically that is. I get a one time effect of images import by going to settings and re-saving the Flickr configuration. But the next time I upload something to Flickr, no automatic feedburner splicing occurs.
- I often peek at blog stats from my iPhone. iPhone does not support Flash. Thus FeedBurner used to be a well-suited alternative to full Google Analytics to understand how things are trending, which referrals actively generate traffic, etc. Now, not only is GA Flash-centric enough that you can’t even select a report date without it (and I’m yet to see a decent iPhone app for this), they have moved the new FeedBurner to partial Flash too…
- Even if it was a geeky and technical service, I’ve always loved FeedBurner’s philosophy, brand and language they talk to me in. So I sort of feel I owe them some and have spent a few evening hours trying to get the above feedback back to them. No such luck, virtually responseless Google Feedburner help group is all there is.
Apologies to all subscribers who are missing content or – I really don’t know – are seeing any other technical difficulties with this feed.
[15:44:41] Villu Arak: Räägin lähiajal korporatiivblogimise vallas ringikompavatele inimestele blogimise rõõmudest. Tahaks pisut tsiteerida tarku inimesi oma jutu kõrvale – olgu siis nimeliselt või anonüümselt. Kuna sa oled aktiivne blogiserverite bittidega täitja, mõtsin uurida, millised on nt. sinu 3 tipmist blogimisräkitiga seotud põhimõtet või käsku, mida sa ise kirjutades teadlikult või alateadlikult järgid.
Esimese hooga tulid sellised mõtted:
- Internetist ei saa midagi kustutada.
- Blogis ei saa öelda midagi, mida ei oleks valmis ka Päevalehe või New York Timesi esikaanel ütlema.
- Anonüümsust ei ole tegelikult olemas, seetõttu teen elu lihtsamaks ja kirjutangi oma nime all.
Ja siis on veel üks fundamentaalne teema, mida kirjutades teadvustan, aga ei oska päris nii kompaktse reeglinimekirjana sõnastada. Blogisid on põhimõtteliselt kahte sorti: need mis räägivad kirjutajast ja need, mis lugejatest. Minu jaoks on see teine zhanr olulisem, kuidagi mõjutada ümbritsevat maailma, ühiskonda. Jagada kogemusi ja ideid või diskuteerida teiste omade üle. Panna lugejaid nende endi elule teisiti vaatama, õnnelikumal juhul ka seda kuidagi paremaks või lihtsamaks muutes. Seega, kui ma siin blogis ka kirjutan endast, siis ainult sellise nurga alt, millest teise eesmärgi jaoks mingit kasu võiks olla. “Sügasin kassi. Siis käsin poes. Tõnu helistas ka. Õlu oli soe.” ei kvalifitseeru. Mõni veider mobiilne olustikupilt argielust ehk küll, aga need kolisin flickr‘isse ära.
She has taken the time to take a bunch of photos from my photoset and put together a storyline around it. Great reading if you’re interested to understand the process better, especially as she has added keyword links to explanatory pages at CrushNet‘s EnoWiki too.
It is obviously the back-to-school-and-work season now.
First: I’m receiving complaints that this blog has seen just 2 posts in last 2 months… In July nor August nobody cared, including myself. If you were one of those worried about silence – I now know that you have not subscribed to the feed. My Flickr feed you receive as an automagically embedded freebie when subscribing to this blog, has actually had a full trail of mobile snapshots of what has happened over the summer. And I have twittered.
Secondly, the travel season has started. Looking at the calendar, in the month of September I will drop by Tartu (spoke at Baltic Dynamics there last week), Pärnu (attending From Visions to Solutions), London (a wedding + Seedcamp), Athens (Skype Beta Days), Luxembourg, San Francisco / San Jose.
Hope this is enough chances to see you in person. And if not – I’ll try to be a better boy when it comes to dropping a line here on the way. Thanks, your pings to see if I survived the slow season are heartwarming.
Ühtpidi oli see ajakirjaniku töökohus, täita väljamõõdetud pind kindlaks kellaajaks. Ja samas olla kohal, tajuda maailma ja ühiskonda ja astuda siis sammuke lugejast ettepoole ja öelda midagi, mille peale lugeja veel tulnud pole.
Kohtustuse-osa kõrvale jättes, võiks kehtida ka hea bloggeri kohta?
I would like to thank all of you 8332 unique visitors (yes, you too Teller) coming from 106 countries for finding this blog in 2007 and for reading through those 29372 pages.
The fact that over half of you have come back more than once is great. The 239 of you who have over 200 visits per year under your belt – really, I wish I managed to post that often… Make your life easier and subscribe to the feed, like 171 loyal readers have already done.
A year ago there were zero hits and no feeds here. Your time spent means a lot to me. Especially as I know you are not numbers, but real people.
Have a great 2008 and talk to you soon!