Ian from Internet Business made a comment in the Showing Some Community Love post that my RSS readership went from 2000+ to 3000+ virtually overnight. This is highly unusually because RSS readership normally goes down during the weekend. I know the reason why it went up but I forgot to write about it until the The Daily Kimchi reminded me.
The increased RSS subscriber count is due to Google Reader and Google Personalized Homepage reporting feed counts – they never did this before. The announcement was made yesterday but did not take effect until today.
Publishers have been asking us to report the number of users that are subscribed to their feeds in Google Reader. This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while, but with all the products that use feeds at Google, corralling the data in one place was like herding cats. So herd we did, and as of today, our crawler reports the number of Google users subscribed to the feed. The count includes subscribers from Google Reader and the Google Personalized Homepage, and in the future may include other Google products that support feeds.
Judging by the increased RSS number, it looks like Google Reader accounts for 1/3 of all my RSS subscribers. That’s a pretty significant chunk! The number should be really impressive on Tuesday or Wednesday. That’s when Feedburner numbers hit their weekly peak.