I joined Twitter in October 2008 (after noticing everyone else was using it during a Networking Field Day event), and eventually figured out how to automate posting the links to my blog posts in case someone uses Twitter as their primary source of news – an IFTTT applet that read my RSS feed and posted links to new entries to Twitter.
This week, I got a nice email from IFTTT telling me they had to disable the post-to-Twitter applet. Twitter started charging for the API, and I was using their free service – obviously the math didn’t work out.
That left me with three options:
- Pay for the post-to-Twitter service (IFTTT Pro). It’s peanuts, but using a gazillion $1.99/month services eventually adds up.
- Post the links manually. That’s a hassle, and as I’m getting older I’m trying to save my mental energy for stuff that matters.
- Stop cross-posting to Twitter.
Next step: check whether I’m getting any significant traffic from Twitter. The results are dismal – Twitter referrals are not even 0.1% of the traffic, and I’m getting approximately as many referrals from Wikipedia (for unknown reasons; I never posted anything there).
The final decision was easy: stop cross-posting to Twitter. The bird button at the end of each blog post will remain there, and you can use it to post stuff to Twitter if you wish. I will keep posting to LinkedIn (so you can follow me there), or you could decide to try out the ancient technology called RSS.
Last but definitely not least: it would be a fun summer project to write a script that would email you the short summaries of last week’s posts each Saturday, but I have no idea whether anyone would be interested in that. Please write a comment (or send me an email) and let me know whether that’s something you’d be interested in.