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Saturday, March 16, 2013

In light of Reader shutdown, rss2email sure gets around

I've been watching my access logs change as people find replacements for Google Reader. NewsBlur usage has shot way up. Google's own "FeedFetcher" still reports about the same number of subscribers, perhaps because people are leaving things intact until the bitter end.

Still, I find some of these logs interesting. Look what appears for the first time on Friday morning:

72.14.x.x - - [15/Mar/2013:07:33:56 -0700] "GET /w/atom.xml HTTP/1.1" 200 461363 "-" "rss2email/2.71 +http://www.allthingsrss.com/rss2email/" "rachelbythebay.com" "-"

Yes, that's a Google IP address. Someone there, probably on the corp network, set up rss2email for my feed, perhaps because Reader is going away.

It kept going into the afternoon, then disappeared. I hope they're not trying to run a cron job which accesses their home directory from their workstation. That can end badly.