I was astonished to see a dip in the amount of feed readers in the last days and decided to investigate the matter. It has happened in the past that Feedburner did have some problems to accumulate the stats correctly or that another service, like Google, did not report the amount of subscribers correctly. This time though it seems to be Netvibes who is the source of the problem.
I went to Feedburner which tracks the Ghacks feed and displays the amount of subscribers and which services they use to read my feed. Last Friday was the last normal day with 588 readers who have been using Netvibes to read my feed. Then on Saturday that figure took a first dive to 410 readers and to 1 on Sunday. Monday continued that trend with another single Netvibes reader on that day and I'm waiting for today's statistics to see if they have changed.
This time however the issue is not with Feedburner but with Netvibes. They are currently - or have - migrated their system to new servers and a blog post by Tariq Krim at Netvibes sheds some light into the darkness:
During the upgrade, you may encounter feedburner stats issues, but everything should be fixed shortly when the migration is completed.
So, Netvibes stats have not been reported correctly to Feedburner during the last three days and the cause for this has been the Netvibes server migration.
Stats should however return to normal once the migration completes.
Update: And the stats are back to their previous levels.
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