Wednesday, July 03, 2013 by Tim Webb
With the demise of Google Reader, many RSS subscribers have switched to Feedly and I've received reports of a number of problems there. After a lot of digging I've determined that Feedly sucks, which is bad news for the 200+ of you already using RSS to keep up with the site.
The first problem is for people who use the direct RSS from the site. If you plug http://discchord.com/blog/atom.xml into Feedly it reports that the RSS is Dormant and hasn't been updated since June 26th. The RSS has been updating daily so I'm not sure why it stopped trying to read it, let alone decide that it was Dormant after less than a week of perceived inactivity.
I contacted Feedly to try to correct this yesterday, but they have not responded yet. In the meantime people have been using the Feedburner version of the RSS feed, which it does not think is dormant.
The second problem, and probably the reason Feedly stopped trying to read the main RSS, is that on June 27th YouTube changed the embed code that they automatically spit out for me when I click the Share - Embed option.
<iframe width="853" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nx22V3ZZ-Vw?list=UUzZTksM1YYWYPLNJe-wEk7g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
I'm not at all clear on why YouTube decided to change this, but now the protocol part of the URL is missing, where there should be the old familiar http:// at the beginning of the src tag. I've submitted a feedback ticket with YouTube to let them know this is breaking things, and they are usually quick to address those. In the mean time I have to manually enter the http: bit, or my RSS feed will helpfully try to fill in http://www.discchord.com at the front of that, which results in it trying to embed a 404 page instead.
Feedly readers today will notice that although most of the videos are fucked, the PixiTea one works just fine. This is because halfway through the morning's stories I realized I had been forgetting to add the http:, and at the same time that I realized the first video I posted was pulled by the owner. I replaced the post entirely with the PixiTea video with the corrected src tag. I then went through and corrected it on all of the articles. Right now everything on the RSS is correct, even on Feedburner. Unfortunately Feedly does not update its feed for corrections to items, or even updates like the new sale on PixiTracker which should appear in the image above.
So until YouTube fixes the embed code it generates, I'll have to keep trying to add the http:, and I will because I want my RSS readers to enjoy the site. However if I do that just a minute after the article gets published then Feedly will not show the correction. Feedly doesn't even try to read the SoundCloud embed on the Sunsine article, even though it shows up fine in Feedburner and doesn't have any of this protocol weirdness that YouTube is doing.
If Feedburner can keep things updated, but Feedly does not, I think it is safe to conclude that Feedly is a shit service and not the replacement to Google Reader you're looking for.