Google Reader Subscribers

Google has just released a feature in Google Reader that allows you to see how many people have subscribed to a feed. I thought it would be interesting to check out some the RSS feeds at eclipse.org. As a reminder, these are just people using Google Reader so the actual number of subscribers is larger. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Eclipse Foundation news at 10,330. If you compare it to a list of top blogs, that puts the Foundation news feed in the top 40; not bad.

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3 Responses to Google Reader Subscribers

  1. marko says:

    The numbers reported by the Google Reader are highly questionable, as a lot of people already reported the last days. See e.g. http://mashable.com/2007/10/15/google-reader-stats-are-bullshit-with-proof/

  2. ianskerrett says:

    marko,

    Ya I saw this blog post but it was mainly talking about the default feeds that Google Reader include in their bundles. I don’t think Eclipse is in any of those bundles so I don’t think it would apply?

  3. marko says:

    Hi Ian,

    yes, you are right, I misread the article. It also mentions other problems (e.g. non-existing feeds) but these really only seem to affect feeds in the bundles – still these problems make me a little skeptical about the numbers. I also missed the followup-post on the Reader blog where the differences between the Reader and Feedburner numbers are explained: http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2007/10/subscriber-stats-summed-up.html

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