This is one of the most useful tools on the web that links disparate conversation on Twitter and connects it to your blog.
I discovered Chat Catcher in January; since then, itâ€™s been an integral part of my blog that enables anyone to see what anyone else is saying on Twitter about anything written here.
In his email on May 5, Shannon talks about the increasing volume of data that needs to be processed by Chat Catcher and not having the resources to keep up with it any longer.
[â€¦] Thank you to everyone who pitched in last week when I requested donations to keep Chat Catcher running. Unfortunately, it just isn’t enough and the server costs are quickly mounting. Within the next few days I will turn off Chat Catcher completely. All donations will be returned.
If you are running the WordPress plugin or the PHP script, you will not need to take any action. You will still have the comments that were posted to your blog. If you happen to be displaying the RSS feed on your site, you will want to remove it.
Chat Catcher represents a huge investment of my time and money. I am not taking this action lightly. I am also sorry to disappoint the many people who were happily using the service.
The service is still running. But it would be such a pity if Shannon had to shut down Chat Catcher for the reasons he mentions.
Isnâ€™t there a white knight out there who might be willing to get involved with someone whoâ€™s developed a practical tool that has huge potential in connecting content across the web?