Google's Feedfetcher

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Posted on October 01, 2005 4:19 PM in Blogging
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While skimming through my web access log today I noticed a UA string I hadn't ever seen before:

Feedfetcher-Google; (+http://www.google.com/feedfetcher.html)

I went to the link provided and learned that "Feedfetcher retrieves feeds only at the request of users who have added the feeds to their Google homepage."

So apparently, this means someone out there has added one of my feeds (in this case it was my new music releases feed) to their personalized Google home page (or maybe to their list of "web clips" in Google Desktop?).

Now I know what Google's Feedfetcher is, and hopefully when I get the next version of AWStats installed, I'll have an even better idea of what services people are using to keep up on my feeds.

Update: Apparently the UA string I saw only applies to personalized Google home pages. I just saw the following in my referrer log:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Google Desktop)

You learn something every day.

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