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Feedburner Sucks. It sucks as...

Feedburner Sucks. It sucks as hard as possible when it comes to linkblog feeds.

Why does it suck so hard? Feedburner redirects the permalink (or for linkblogs and del.icio.us syndication, the main link) through feedburner.com, obscuring the destination URL.

Why is this bad? Well, in today's web of tertiary link text and the same things getting linked over and over in the linkblogs you read, It is impossible to figure out what people are linking to by hovering over the link and glancing at the browser's status bar. It breaks the way browsers display recently-clicked links in a different color.

It absolutely borks any kind of feed-crawling search engine. Technorati sucks enough as it is, don't make feed searching worse.

Ostensibly it would make your feed a marketer's wet dream, you get exact clickthrough stats from Feedburner. Don't do this. It isn't worth breaking the web and pissing off your readers.

I'll just continue to suscribe to your del.icio.us/merlinmann feed, you'll inevitably link to your own posts through there. But I won't be suscribing to your new, broken, Feedburner feed. No way.




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