Chat Catcher is a simple Blog Plug-in Application that scans Twitter and FriendFeed for references to your blog posts. When someone links to your blog, their post will be published to your blog’s comments.
What stood out Chat Catcher the most in my eyes is the sheer ability to scan all URL Shortners instead of just one URL Shortner like Dan Zarrella’s Tweetsuite which only scans Tinyurl. Another great feature was the amazing filter option where others lacked in only filtering one username.
Also Chat Catcher was more efficient and faster than the other competition because Chat Catcher posted the Twitter comments directly to your Blog comments section. Feedback from the Tweetsuite was that it sometimes was a bit laggy.
- TweetBacks – Yoast’s Plugin
- Tweetsuite – Dan Zarella’s Plugin
I actually have used Chat Catcher just for a short while but as you can see in my previous posts it works amazingly and increases post comment count
The Bad News…
Just as quickly as Chat Catcher was released and became increasingly popular, Shannon Whitley the creator has announced the shut down of Chat Catcher.
Via Twitter – Shannon has admitted that the cost of running Chat Catcher was a burden.
Having only 3 donations…..
Expensive costs of $10 dollars a day
This is indeed sad news especially with the release of a Drupal plugin. It has however sparked some interest if the funding was there the plugin might stay. Fellow competitor Dan Zarella seems to be engaging in conversation with the idea and who knows maybe Chat Catcher will be revived down the road…
Below is the actual E-mail sent out
“As Twitter has grown, so has the volume of data that needs to be processed by Chat Catcher. I don’t have the resources to keep up with it any longer.
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