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Feedburner responds to questions raised!

Posted by geeknews at 11:28 AM on September 22, 2005

I have gotten a lot of private e-mail from people telling me they have to use feedburner they have no other choice. When I ask them which application they are using the respond in naming weblog applications that have RSS built in. Most have been pretty shocked. I am puzzled because most had to have known the correct URL to start with. I think when most geeks here the word RSS their noses get all bent out of shape and they ask a geek friend for help and the easiest solution is to sign them up with feedburner.

Anyway seeing I have trackbacks turned off because of this. I wanted to point back to a response Eric at feedburner put up on a weblog over this post. One thing that I will contest though in his response is that he says they check all 100,000 sites every 30 minutes looking for updates. Based on what we have seen over at TechPodcasts.com as Mambo does not have enclosure support we are not seeing them query the site every 30 minutes. We also ping them when we post so I am not so sure that works a 100% as advertised. I am sure your mileage will vary.

Good info non the less from the folks over there. My issue continues to this day though why hasn’t someone built tools that will do the same thing as their site but contained on our own server. My checkbook and or Visa card stand at the ready. [BurningDoor]

3 Comments

  1. From Eric Lunt at 12:13 pm on September 22, 2005

    Hi there. Actually, you’re absolutely right: we don’t poll all 100,000 feeds every 30 minutes. We only poll the source feed on demand: if we receive a request for the burned feed AND it has been more than 30 minutes since we last retrieved the source feed, then we’ll hit the source feed again. The upshot is that for feeds without many subscribers, you may see a polling period more than 30 minutes … but it’s only because no one has requested it. And if a burned feed has no subscribers, then we don’t poll the source feed at all. Kind of a tree falls in the forest thing.

    Thank you for letting me clarify that.

  2. From bogeydope at 2:56 pm on September 22, 2005

    Feedburner has had some major issues on our end this morning. The stats were all messed up. Upon speaking with FeedBurner, they told us that the problem existed because they were moving around/changing things on their end. Interesting.

  3. From applenews at 4:01 pm on September 22, 2005

    hehehe mentined my post on his blog….. Thing is i would love it if you guys made it more noticeable that it can be made private…… My question is why would i use your feed if i have my own anyways…. You have to have a pre-existing feed to use the service.