As grim things go, the slow demise of Twitterfeed isn’t quite horror-movie proportions, but it’s a sad and dark tale for the many people out there who have relied on it over these last few years. It grew rapidly as people realised they could automate a good chunk of their marketing messages by posting from one source and syndicating to other social sources. It became so popular that link-shortening giants bit.ly acquired Twitterfeed mid stream.
It’s a classic case of survival of the fittest though and cleverer, easier, and generally app-ier things came along. It’s a harsh world but obviously someone, somewhere decided that Twitterfeed’s premium option wasn’t bringing in enough money to keep the service going. The announcement 12 days ago that October 31st was the last day of Twitterfeed caught many by surprise.
(1/2): Attention: Twitterfeed will be shutting its doors on Oct. 31st and will no longer be providing support.
— Twfeed (@twfeed) October 14, 2016
It teaches any users what a potential house of cards we can build at time. As developers, we’re always keen to point out in any proposals that external / third parties can do this. Stop services, be acquired, be unreliable, of even start charging. It’s a frustrating sign of a world full of choice, and sometimes a case of which horse to back.
Probably the biggest loss will be that at the time of writing there seems no viable (and free to use) alternative to post any feed content to a LinkedIn page. That will hurt some. Maybe it is a gruesome Halloween thing after all?
PS – For any readers out there in need of help, there are loads of other services, but who knows when they might close their doors? We’re currently still fans of IFTTT, Zapier, and DLVR.it. There’s a quick help guide here on our knowledgebase about how to feed your jobs to Twitter / Facebook on dlvr.it but good luck if you’re looking for something to post to