FeedBurner’s “-blogger_feel_good” option


Ah! Check this out.

That is a bug that I am not unhappy with for once: suddenly my FeedBurner FeedCount has grown 900% to a TechCrunch-like subscriber number.

(Gee! Mike is at 62K subscribers now. Sounds like this whole re-design brouhaha did not have much impact after all, did it ?)

So I know it is a wrong number, but many thanks to my FeedBurner friends for introducing this “”-blogger_feel_good“ command line option,  or to one of the many RSS readers out therefore for reporting an (obviously outreagously) inflated number .

Update: it is now clear from the FeedBurner subscribers statistics page that ”the issue“ is NetVibes, which is reporting 51,328 users reading my feed.

Tags: ,

  • http://www.mashable.com Pete Cashmore

    Actually, Mike is at 113K due to this glitch. Who said the 53651 didn’t matter? :)

  • http://www.zoliblog.com/blog/_archives/2006/6/1/1998957.html Zoli’s Blog

    Growing Faster than TechCrunch – Thank You, Netvibes

    Don’t worry, dear reader, TechCrunch is still doing OK – thei…

  • http://www.feedburner.com Christopher Frye

    Hi we figured out why you and some others are getting such large subscriber numbers. It looks like one of the aggregators that poll your feed yesterday polled on behalf 50k subscribers when it usually polls for 450. That is one of the ways we calculate subscribers is by adding up the number of subscribers aggregators say they are polling on behalf of.
    It is pretty obvious who it is if you look at your Subscribers history at http://www.feedburner.com for your feed. We are contacting them about the issue and it should be resolved going forward.
    I hope that helps explain. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • http://www.feedburner.com Steve Olechowski

    Hey Jeff – we’re talking to Netvibes about this – they seem to be temporarily reporting 50866 for all feeds today. I knew Netvibes was doing really well but this surprised me as well!
    Seriously, though, i’m sure we’ll get it smoothed with them really soon.

  • http://plod.popoever.com/archives/000937.html Plod


      就在这两天,好些个热门的技术门户和个人blog的Feedburner FeedCount图标都显示了5万多的订阅数,Techcrunch更是一度离谱到113K,经过一系列的调查,终于又细心的blogger发现这问题可能由正在升级的AJAX个人门户页服务NetVibes引起,虽然很早以前注册了NetVibes,但是所用甚少,昨天跑去看看,对她的模块(module)自定义、开发、发布、共享的模式越用越喜欢:)……

  • http://www.itechtips.com/ colbert

    sometimes we need crazy numbers to keep our blogging motivation up to speed.