This little experiment started with me having a software problem, as most good projects do. There isn’t a good way to have Facebook status updates get copied to twitter but not the other way around.
I’ve found out that open source software works, however open source services do not. I cannot believe the number of people demanding I fix or improve things on the project.
Also, it was costing me real money. I had to host a server to ping Facebook for status updates of the 500+ users and update twitter every 5 minutes. It’s only $120 / year but I couldn’t get anyone to step up and sponsor it (Twitter, hello?)
But I think the biggest factor is I don’t really update my status on Facebook anymore. I use twitter daily, but that’s because I have a core group of people there that expect me to “bother” them with the little ideas that pop into my head 120 characters at a time.
So, in the end I was maintaining a code base and a web service that I wasn’t even a customer for anymore. Time to shut it down.
Of course, the code to fb2twit is up on github (it always has been.) All any of the lechers have to do is pay to host it and put it up there.