FeedBurner Adds FriendFeed To RSS Count

Did you noticed a big increase in your RSS count recently? This may have more to do with FeedBurner adding FriendFeed to their RSS count than you suddenly getting a ton of new subscribers. In my case, my RSS increased by 1,168 because of the FriendFeed addition. That’s a nice number for sure but it represents a pretty small part of the 56K+ subscribers. However, the FriendFeed blog had their RSS jumped from 1,937 to 5,375!

So if you have 200 people subscribed to you on FriendFeed, and you’ve added your blog as a service on FriendFeed, now you can see those subscribers right alongside the subscriber counts from Google Reader, Bloglines, My Yahoo, and anyone else subscribed to your blog’s feed.

When you add your blog as a service on FriendFeed, you’re putting your words in front of a lot more people. But how many? Well, for me, it’s:


Keep in mind though, that even though this is the number of people who are subscribed to you, the number of people who actually see your posts within FriendFeed can be substantially higher, because whenever one of your subscribers ‘likes’ or comments on one of your items, that item gets shared with their friends as well!

I was curious as to how I got 1,168 subscribers on FriendFeed because I don’t have a FriendFeed account. Turns out there’s not one but FOUR John Chow accounts registered on FriendFeed. If the person who registered http://friendfeed.com/johnchow would like to turn it over to me, I would be really grateful.

*Updatehttp://friendfeed.com/johnchow has been turned over to me. Thanks to Josh Lam for holding my name until I was ready to get on FriendFeed.

53 thoughts on “FeedBurner Adds FriendFeed To RSS Count”

  1. Ben Pei says:

    Wow then I better start getting my hands onto Friend Feed.. Been delaying for quite a bit.. Don’t really know it exactly works too, any advice john?

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    1. John Chow says:

      Register for an account and add your Twitter and RSS feed to it. Then tell your friends to subscribe. That’s about it.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Got it John! Thanks.

      2. Its also important to subscribe to people and interact via liking and commenting on other peoples feeds 😉

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        1. Maybe everyone here should share their FriendFeed URL so we all can connect together!
          Or go to to
          share your FriendFeed URL.
          I think we all can connect together to increase RSS count

          1. Sorry I forget that tinychat don’t save chat log so Jonh Chow can you change it to another URL where we can connect together to increase RSS count.

          2. http://www.freeshoutbox.net/FriendFeed
            we can use it to share our FriendFeed URL. to connect together

  2. Cam Birch says:

    Impressive. Just goes to show how many people are “helpful” in setting up popular items. I wonder if the friend feed account will be handed over…

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  3. I’am using FriendFeed with 58 subscribers ^_^
    Thank John!

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  4. titan says:

    hoho..i like to try that. Who know i can grab something there.

  5. Cheers John. Will take another look at my Feedburner account…

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  6. WOW! you are LUCKY it wasn’t being held for ransom by some greedy person. 🙂 congrats on the snag.

    btw, would love it if your comments box auto filled like many blog commenting boxes do (prior to me punching in first letter) AND if it didn’t have Comments Here that I had to ERASE first before I could comment in a clean box.

    feedback right? you like that kind of thing? 🙂

    hope to see you tuesday.

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    1. John Chow says:

      I will see you Tuesday and you better buy me a drink!

  7. I did not know why I had 299 more on all of my feeds.-Thanks John Chow

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  8. Those are really significant numbers. Your one click and your post delivered to 56k + people. That is really amazing. I think these are your assets.

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  9. That mean friendfeed has lots of potentials. Good share.

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  10. YingHang says:

    Hey John,
    What is Friend Feed actually? I don’t really understand. Can you please explain?


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    1. FriendFeed is a conversation agent which you can import your feeds and interact with other people by commenting and liking their stuff. It’s pretty cool:

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  11. Thanks John for your reminder, I have been using FriendFeed for so long but did not know what to do with it, now that you mention how good it is I’m going to add all my service in… thanks for the information.

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  12. Another new things to play around. Thanks John, I’ll give it a try and register for a FriendFeed. Since I haven’t registerd before, it explains why my subscriber numbers remain the same lol

    Anyways, have a good weekend to you all

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    1. Just registered at http://friendfeed.com/michaelaulia. Maybe everyone here should share their FriendFeed URL so we all can connect together!

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      1. You can follow me over at http://www.friendfeed.com/profitbaron 😉

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        1. Maybe everyone here should share their FriendFeed URL so we all can connect together!

  13. Greg Ellison says:

    I was suprised with the RSS subscriber count yesterday. My RSS number is now 136. Thanks Greg Ellison

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  14. Well I didn’t notice until I read this article. I will go check how much of a boost I got.

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  15. EarningStep says:

    nothing happen wih my rss count . by the way , congrat john

  16. Thanks for the info, John

  17. Melody says:

    He was holding your name?….that’s kinda weird..lol

    You’re groupies are so loyal to you John! lol..I’m surprised he didn’t try to charge ya..

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  18. Everything that lets the users share their easily with their friends is an opportunity for all bloggers and webmasters. FriendFeed is one of them and helps the visitors contribute between the most popular networks.

    Facebook, Twitter and now FeedBurner are a few examples of this experience.

    I have had an account on FriendFeed for a while now and I really like it.

    Thanks John for sharing with us the information.



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  19. Robb Sutton says:

    I think that adding in the FriendFeed counts was a bad idea. It completely dilutes the validity of the count. Now you can launch a blog with one article on it and show a high subscriber count if you create a large following on FriendFeed (which can be done as easily as Twitter if you put your mind to it.)

    I went into more depth here:

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    1. You make an interesting point. Never looked at it from that view.

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  20. fas says:

    Haha John, if your not doing it someone does it for you. How popular you [email protected]

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  21. Robert Scoble has been talking up FriendFeed a lot lately, so I went ahead and started using it more a month or so ago, and I’m glad I did.

    When FriendFeed was added, my subscriber count went through the roof.

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  22. I REALLY REALLY do not understand why FeedBurner is adding in sooo much different services to inflate the RSS count.

    Chances are if a person subscribes to your REAL blog feed, they are also following you elsewhere. This just makes 1 RSS count into a few more, but it’s the same person…


  23. James Hartje says:

    Huge news, I do agree though its deflating the actual number which might make some advertisers reconsider whether or not it is a strong indicator anymore.

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  24. Diabetis says:

    As of now, I am not using feedburner for my site since it doesn’t have its own hosting account.

    All of my feedbuner will be seeing all of the blog post from my other blogs.

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  25. That’s one way to get more rss subscribers.

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  26. Asswass says:

    Looks like I’m about to get a FriendFeed account 🙂

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    1. Jacob Yap says:

      Same here. 👿

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      1. EarningStep says:

        i don’t get anything here , i have 13 subscribers at friendfeed and no one add as feedburner subscribers , can anyone tell me more detail about this

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  27. a great heads up on the feedfriend…thank John!

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  28. game-girl says:

    I didn’t think it is so important for, so was the result.

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  29. Vic says:

    Thanks John,

    I’m just using twitter and never had an idea about friend feed. Now I got to look what it can do to my blog. I’m glad you got your friendfeed account hand-over to you.

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  30. Monty says:

    Seems to have potential.

  31. My site’s numbers have gone truly insane from this — prior to the FriendFeed numbers the site was at 5,000-6,000 RSS subscribers, mostly from Google’s readers. Its now over TEN TIMES that number, at around 63,000 for the day!?! Not getting much increase on click-thru, so doesn’t get me much more than bragging rights that I now have more RSS subscribers than John Chow! >:)

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  32. Linda says:

    I’ve seen Friendfeed about but not really known much about it. I’m off to register. Thanks

  33. Josh Lam says:

    You’re Welcome John 🙂

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  34. Tyson says:

    As a new blogger, I have had challenges with feedburner. Now that I understand it’s impact I can go get it. thanks

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  35. I’ve never used FriendFeed before.

    When I think about it, one used to be able to say that the FeedBurner count doesn’t lie. Not anymore!

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  36. Maya says:

    Thanks John.
    Its certainly good to know all new what’s “up there” especially useful matters, as you always come up with.
    I’m actually new blogger, however I still unselfishly tweeted this news and made you even more famous…LOL!

    I just would like to offer something here myself. For all who are “lazy” to clean their monitor screen, here is help. It’s free, takes just seconds and your satisfaction is guaranteed.
    Don’t you need to see your increased count better?
    Holding hands in success!

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  37. tradeprofits says:

    I will go join them right away! Cant miss out on this one!

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