A serious problem – I have 2800 “Zombies” that haven’t been fed for 11 days – they like eating my brains.. or the product of my brain, yet can’t get their daily dose.
This could turn into something of epidemic proportions and is not the first barren period they have had to face, as evident by the supporting data from Feedburner.
The red lines signify days that Friendfeed hasn’t been collecting my RSS feed. There could be other days that they haven’t collected other feeds as a fair amount of my online activity should be appearing in Friendfeed.
The problem isn’t even just with Friendfeed which historically has been pretty reliable – I have seen this happen at times with Facebook as well with imported notes from my RSS feed often appearing days after a blog post is first published.
On Friendfeed I have 2856 “subscribers” – of those I regard maybe only 56 as being active humans using the service.
This also isn’t an isolated case.
As an example we have a user reporting an issue twice on the Feedburner Google Group… as you might expect without any answer.
For once this probably isn’t anything to do with Feedburner… it is almost certainly Friendfeed.. or now parent company Facebook not collecting content, and thus at the same time not preporting subscription numbers.
Facebook doesn’t report subscriber numbers that I am aware of, but that may be dependent on how you add RSS content to your profile or pages.
If this is a sign of a final death knell for Friendfeed, and with Bloglines already disappearing at the end of this month, very soon 80% of feed subscribers (of those actually reported) will be in Google Reader for this blog.
When Friendfeed was added to Feedburner reporting, it wasn’t universally accepted but in some ways it did reflect a swing in attention.
The direction of that swing is very much towards Twitter and Facebook now.
Google Buzz doesn’t seem to be aggregated into the Feedburner numbers yet.
Why Do Zombies Eat Brains? (Return of the Living Dead – probably NSFW)
Update: Within a few hours of this being posted, Friendfeed was suddenly up to date – I don’t know whether they missed anything.