Sadness. Google May Have Just Killed TwitterFeed (And Bit.ly Too)

Filed as News on December 15, 2009 6:26 pm

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Update: Corrected Title.

Love them or hate them, whenever the Google Gorilla jumps into the web pond, they are bound to make waves (drowning out rivals big and small).

Not too long ago, Google announced that FeedBurner (a service they bought a few years ago) has launched the ability for bloggers to tweet their feed links directly to Twitter using Google’s new URL shortener, goo.gl (hat tip: TechCrunch)

(Google AdSense for Feeds) Many of our publishers who have tried our Google Analytics feed item link integration have already noticed that their most popular feed items have been shared many times on Twitter.

We’re now taking our distribution and analytics a step further by enabling the ability to automatically publish the feed items that meet your criteria to Twitter, using the Google URL shortener at goo.gl.

Despite being a Google fanboy, I am saddened by this move as it certainly means the death of Twitterfeed, one of my favorite tools outside of world known as Google.

While Twitterfeed is awesome at tweeting your blog links in a timely fashion (at least within 15 minutes), with the release of Pubsubhubbub (or as I like to call it, “real time RSS”) by Google, Twitterfeed has now been put on the endangered species list.

The same also might be true for Bit.ly as well (a service I have also come to love), although the small startup is not going down without a fight (hat tip: TechCrunch again).

(Bit.ly Blog) Today we’re pleased to announce a new service: bit.ly Pro. The Pro service provides custom short URLs powered by bit.ly. Publishers and bloggers will be able to use their own short domain names to point to pages on their sites. [...]

When you see a short URL like nyti.ms, you know the destination web site before clicking on the link.  The service includes all the bit.ly features users and publishers have come to expect.  Placing a simple “+” at the end of any bit.ly link (including these white-label, bit.ly-powered links) takes you to real-time information about that page and how it is being shared: how many people clicked on that particular link, where they came from, and more.  For publishers, the new service allows them to keep their brand visible while maintaining access to bit.ly statistics.

While this premium option may help Bit.ly to become profitable, the real time data feature may make it invaluable compared to Google’s “day old” Analytics (which last I checked does not offer live stats).

Betaworks (who has invested in Bit.ly, Twitterfeed and Twitter) is hopefully cooking up a strategy to confront the Google Borg (and save both Twitterfeed and Bit.ly), but as for right now it looks like our new Google Overlords may have just squished another company in their conquest for web domination.

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  1. By Guillermo posted on December 15, 2009 at 7:44 pm
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    I really have not found any reason to move from twitterfeed to feedburner yet. And have read none either…

    Why do we all have to go wherever Google wants us to?

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  2. By Oğuşlar SSangyong posted on December 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm
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    Google wants us to rss feed news and live web site :)

    url(www.oguslargroup.com/ssangyong)

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  3. By Sarge | BeginnerBlogger.com posted on December 16, 2009 at 2:26 am
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    Not necessarily the end of twitter feed. I use twitter feed with a combination of yahoo pipes and ping.fm to send selected twitter updates to my facebook fan page. Something I’m not sure this new google feedburner method does.

    Sarge | BeginnerBlogger.com

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  4. By Rahman Mehraby posted on December 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm
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    Feedburner is usually used for its initial purpose. I think it’s not user-friendly to be used for other purposes. RSS is still a pain in the neck for the bloggers as tehy have to explain to their readers how to use it.

    Social real-time search is so important Google is going to the heaven and earth to provide its’ results at its SERPs, which of course, has managed! Let the social world grow!

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  5. By Darnell Clayton posted on December 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm
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    The one advantage Twitterfeed has over Feedburner is that it can send your blog link to more than one Twitter account plus Facebook too!

    While I suspect that Google will remedy the “one tweet per blog” rule, the connection with Facebook may be the key to their survival.

    However I don’t see how Twitterfeed will be able to stay cash positive with Google jumping in like this. Bit.ly I can see (via premium accounts) but Twitterfeed I’m not too sure about (although I hope they do).

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  6. By rajamanickam posted on January 5, 2010 at 11:29 am
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    Today twitterfeed was down for the whole day. Most of the people will start using Google feedburner
    http://qualitypoint.blogspot.com/2010/01/we-can-use-google-feedburner-itself-for.html

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  7. By Dress Pants posted on December 13, 2010 at 5:39 am
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    i always syndicate feeds on my subcribers and of course feedburner is definitely a great help ~;*

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