Honestly, the way I handled RSS so far was neglectful. I apologize for that. Haven’t had an idea that there were 450 of you, who were consuming Alpha Efficiency with your RSS readers.
Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of thought on how to handle RSS, and I came to a couple of non-Google solutions for the problem. There were two that came to my attention. One is FeedBlitz, and the other one is URI.LV.
Why I’ve chosen URI.LV
Haven’t really tried neither of these services thoroughly, but I’ve decided to go with URI.LV as it didn’t ask for credit card confirmation as FeedBlitz did. Being a firm believer of “try before you buy” model.
When I migrated my main feed, I’ve installed neat little WordPress plugin, and it worked like a charm. Then I encountered a nifty little problem. I’ve specified that I want my RSS to remain “default” instead of looking like it’s from another website.
Then when I wanted to double check, it remained the default, and I thought something was wrong. Then after a while, I’ve started harassing their customer support team, and their founder himself started addressing the issue with me. Also over the course of correspondence with him, I’ve found that he is one man show.
It took me a while where I’ve messed up, but in the meanwhile, I’ve expressed some of my issues and concerns, regarding iTunes podcasting, and the fact that the former RSS burner, was Feedburner. And I shared some good links on how to do maintenance with your iTunes account. In the process, I found out straight from him, that URI.LV will have support for iTunes meta tags. This is especially important if you want to publish some podcasts.
Why I’ve decided to stay with URI.LV
The number of emails in a 45 minute time span I’ve exchanged with the founder of the app was staggering. These guys are “all in” when it comes down to the development of their application. You can see the passion right through, and that means something.
Another reason is the App.net integration, and the inclusion of other social networking platforms, like Facebook and Twitter. This is a big plus for people who want to automatically update their social networks, and avoid the filters that people with Tweetbot, Netbot and Felix have in terms of blocking IFTTT and Buffer app. You avoid their filter, and you allow yourself to go through into their streams.
The main reason why I’ll stick with the URI.LV is the fact that I can keep my original URL, as the default source for the feed, and still keep the benefits of statistics tracking from them. This was not the case with the Feedburner. In case this doesn’t satisfy you, you can pinpoint your DNS settings towards URI.LV and
Perhaps I will initially get fewer statistics, but over time, I see the value added benefits.
The transition is going smoothly. I won’t miss Feedburner much, but I am happy that I am loving you, as my faithful RSS reader, away from Google’s Feedburner, and cutting them down on yet another information pipe about you.