I don’t check my feed stats on my WordPress.com blog very often. In general, they aren’t very interesting. So imagine my shock when I drop in and find that the number of feeds accessing this site had dropped over 75%!
Well, I’m not alone. Have you checked lately? Everyone should have gotten a hit.
Your feed stats may have dropped significantly today. They may also have been very erratic over the past few weeks. You should find them more stable now. Let me explain.
When a large service such as Netvibes requests your feed, their request includes the number subscribers they are servicing for your feed. They do this by including something like “30 subscribers” in the request. Your feed stats are the sum of all of these.
In the months since we launched Feed Stats, aggregators have experienced explosive growth. When a service like Netvibes gets very large they start needing lots of machines to do the work, so these requests may start arriving from different machines. There may be as many as ten machines each reporting “30 subscribers” which makes it seem as though there were 300 subscribers. This was making your feed stats report a falsly high number of subscribers.
…A few minutes ago I updated the code to try to weed out the duplicates while respecting enterprise aggregators. Your feed stats may drop as a result. They may even crash. Unfortunately we cannot apply this change retroactively. On the bright side, this change means your feed stats will be more stable and accurate from now on.
It may take a few days to recover from the shock that I’m not as popular as I thought with feed readers. * Sniff Sniff * 😀
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