A week ago I talked about some things I don’t like (and the reasons why) about some of the features of FeedBurner‘s feed service1.
Some folks thought I was trying to badmouth FeedBurner on some personal vendetta, and nothing could be further from the truth. I merely ran smack into some old concerns in a real life usage situation and decided to share my thoughts on the topic. As I noted in the comments, I’ve had nothing but positive impressions from my various interactions with the folks at FeedBurner.
Since I was pointing out some negatives in the prior post, it’s only fair that I point out some positives as well. While I don’t care to use FeedBurner to power my feed, they do offer a great (free) e-mail subscription service.
I know some folks love the “subscribe by e-mail” functionality, but managing those subscriptions is a bit of a pain. The nuts and bolts of the subscription management is something I’m happily willing to outsource to FeedBurner.
I’ve enabled this for my blog – you can find the subscription form at the bottom of the middle sidebar, below the feed links. If I wasn’t able to outsource this, I wouldn’t be offering it. Thanks FeedBurner!
- Yes, these features are optional but without them the data provided from FeedBurner is minimal. To fully utilize FeedBurner, you need to have these features enabled; as they note on their comparison page. [back]