For well over a decade, tens of thousands of DansDeals readers have received a daily email digest from Google’s Feedburner, with all of the deals that were posted during the previous 24 hours.
It wasn’t without its issues. Just about every day, some readers would email back asking why a deal was dead, when they just received the email about the deal. That’s because we didn’t have any control over which deals it sent out, it just included everything posted. And Feedburner had a mind of its own, so it would send out automated emails on Shabbos even when we would request time slots that avoided that, leading to people asking why we were online on Shabbos.
Of course there are several ways to get instant alerts of deals, but people stayed subscribed to and opened the daily emails.
Alas, Google has now killed off the daily Feedburner emails. It’s a good reminder that Google’s free services all seem to have a lifespan, the only question is how long that lifespan will be.
If you know of any good solutions for the more than 32,000 DansDeals readers who were subscribed to daily emails, I’m all ears. Feel free to comment or pitch me a solution at firstname.lastname@example.org.