Burned by Feedburner

Feedburner is a Google service that “provides custom RSS feeds and management tools to bloggers, podcasters, and other web-based content publishers.” Wikipedia It is highly recommended by many of the bloggers and podcasters that I follow and interact with. For example, in setting my podcast “Estate Planning Demystified” I “burned” the feed generated by my podcast host Libsyn creating a new feed, managed by Feedburner. It that new feed that I submitted to iTunes, the BlackBerry Podcast Store and other places.

A great idea — until I tried to log into to manage my Feedburner feeds and they were gone. That is right: completely vanished. I have been searching for days through Google help, customer support, Twitter friends with no luck in finding the feeds. Google Apps customer support told me that it was not apps issue even though the account which held the feeds was tied to my Google Apps account. The galling thing is that the feeds are active: when I added a new podcast to Libsyn it went out through the Feedburner and updated in iTunes!

Its like a carnival barker in the dunking game at the state fair, he continues to yell at you while you throw the 5 balls for ten dollars at a 3 inch by 3 inch spot. Frustrating.

Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Shawn J. Roberts, P.C. in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with my wife Amy and my two children, Sam (19) and David (11). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."