British newspaper RSS subscriptions in Google Reader
Last week I published a list of the Top 100 British newspaper RSS feeds - well, according to the subscription numbers given by Google Reader, anyway. It is a flawed metric, but in the absence of any kind of audited figures from the papers themselves, it is one of the few public indications of the relative audiences for RSS feeds.
In order to get the list of 100, I had to look at the figures for a lot more than 100 feeds, as there were plenty of stray newspaper blog feeds credited with only 6 or 7 subscribers. Anyway I've added up a cumulative total for each of the newspapers, including all the feeds that fell outside the top 100. It worked out to over a quarter of a million subscriptions in total
The main thing to note here is the utter dominance of The Guardian, and I suspect their final figure would have been even higher if I had researched subscriber figures for the nearly 2,000 individual author RSS feeds they publish on their Comment Is Free platform.
Next up is the Financial Times, with massive figures not just for their main indexes, but also for specialist feeds. After that The Times just pips The Telegraph on my figures, but given that I may have missed the odd feed here and there, it seems fairer to call them third equal.
It is also interesting to note The Scotsman out-performing national papers like the Mail, Express and Mirror. However, the low figures for the middle-brow British press I've unearthed rather suggests that their target audience may not be a good fit for the profile of the average RSS user.
All in all I spotted 16 newspapers with subscribers in Google Reader, and one rather prominent major newspaper which didn't seem to have any.
|1.||The Guardian||111,949||Guardian RSS feeds|
|2.||Financial Times||65,145||Financial Times RSS feeds|
|=3.||The Times||24,472||The Times RSS feeds|
|=3.||The Telegraph||24,045||The Telegraph RSS feeds|
|5.||The Sun||13,016||The Sun RSS feeds|
|6.||The Independent||6,041||The Independent RSS feeds|
|7.||Metro||4,865||Metro RSS feeds|
|8.||The Scotsman||2,042||The Scotsman RSS feeds|
|9.||Daily Mail||1,350||Daily Mail RSS feeds|
|10.||Daily Mirror||590||Mirror RSS feeds|
|11.||This Is London||568||This Is London RSS feeds|
|12.||The London Paper||40||The London Paper RSS feeds|
|13.||The Herald||24||The Herald RSS feeds|
|14.||Scotland On Sunday||3||Scotland On Sunday RSS feeds|
|15=||Daily Record||2||Daily Record RSS feeds|
|15=||Daily Star||2||Daily Star RSS feeds|
|17.||Daily Express||0||Daily Express RSS feeds|
This pie-chart illustrating the share of RSS subscriptions within Google Reader enjoyed by each newspaper makes the extent of The Guardian and The Financial Times' dominance of this media clear - at least by the contentious Google Reader metric anyway.