RSS Feeds, some stats. Care to share yours?
Following on from my previous article RSS Feeds, full or excerpt… How do you eat yours? I thought I would share some of my personal and site feed data and ask a few more RSS related questions in hopes of trying to understand how people are using RSS.
While it is well known that I am a bit of a stat whore it’s really not the total numbers that interest me, it’s how people go about using my sites and their content. Mint is an invaluable tool for peering into the ways visitors use and browse your site, with a vast array of great Pepper (plugins) you can keep an eye on just about everything your visitors are doing live as and when they do it in a very big-brother like fashion. I am watching you!
FeedBurner provides a very good service for keeping track of your Feed subscriber data, everything from seeing how many subscribers you have to where they are coming from, what they are using and a host of other features. While it isn’t perfect it does provide great data.
The Top 10 Feed Readers and Aggregators for my RSS Feed
- Google Reader
- Mac OS X RSS Reader
- Firefox Live Bookmarks
Interestingly people are using a nice mixture of both desktop applications and web based services to subscribe to my site, it’s no surprise to see the dominance of Google Reader at the top there.
How much RSS can you handle?
I am subscribed to 170 RSS Feeds, this is probably the highest it has ever been. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t read every single article on every single site, I skim through them all over breakfast and open up the full articles of those that interest me most where I can then divulge their goodness at my leisure.
I check my feeds first thing in the morning then again late on in the afternoon. I don’t leave this window open all day, I have to get some work done!
These are the Favicons from all of the sites I am subscribed to, I find these to be a vital tool in helping me differentiate between different authors and sites with a little visual cue. I am a huge fan of using and creating unique favicons at the best of times but find that their true use doesn’t come in the form of seeing it in the browsers address bar but in my feed reader.
What say you?
Here are a couple of quick questions for you regarding RSS if you have a second:
- Do you read in a Desktop or Web based feed reader?
- How many feeds are you subscribed to?
- How often do you check your feed reader?
- Are your feeds easily identifiable?
- Do you track your own feed data? (Via Feedburner or similar.)