Early last year I stumbled upon an awesomely exciting Twitter app put together by a geezer named Tim Fargo.
Now, I have been using this service ( as a free user ) for many months now and I have to say – it really did rock ( notice the past-tense tone in there? ).
Anyway, this really was an simple yet effective way to post your tweets and engage with your audience.
As you can tell from the title of this post – things ain’t exactly what you’d call ‘plain sailing’ with this particular app at the moment…and I’m not 100% sure why!
But let’s first take a look at the Twitter service when it was in full swing…when it was in it’s prime!
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Tim Fargo actually developed this Tweet Jukebox for his own business use and wasn’t planning on sharing it or marketing it, but it has worked so well that he just couldn’t keep it to himself as other people were asking him about what he was doing and how he was doing it.
But he eventually rolled out his secret and let the whole internet marketing community use this awesome creation for FREE!
Seriously…he didn’t want a penny for it at first!
This was a pretty awesome marketing idea – let the whole world try it in it’s unlimited format for free before rolling out a paid monthly version.
He would keep the free version running of course – but it would be drastically scaled down ( we are all here to make money at the end of the day right? ).
Anyway, true to his word he kept the free option running and launched the product fully a few months ago now ( can’t remember exactly what month it was…sorry! ).
How it Works
Well it pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin!
You place individual tweets into a ‘jukebox’ and then set the frequency of posting on each jukebox.
The jukebox will then spit out various tweets in random completely automated – a great concept and a great idea!
Okay…all good things must come to an end right?
About a week ago I received an email from Tim himself labeled as important information on the app – I quickly opened it to find out what was inside.
I was completely bowled over to find out that he was limiting the free users accounts to no more than 5 tweets a day…with immediate effect!
No warning, no in-depth explanation…NO NOTHING!
I’ve now got about 300 tweets sitting in my jukebox with only 5 being posted a day!
Any serious marketer out there will tell you that 5 tweets a day ain’t gonna earn you a peanut – period!
The service was suddenly turned into a farce due to a handful of free members ‘misusing’ the platform.
What that means is anyone’s guess?
The problem I have with all this is that 1000’s of free members are now being punished so that the paid members can use the platform freely.
Apparently Tim has had words with the big Twitter chiefs and the only way they can get the app working again is to perform this cull.
So…get rid of the free members…or force them into paying for a monthly subscription!
Can you see how this is starting to look?
Up in The Air!
It’s really hard to get a grip on what this lot are thinking at the moment – up until this point Tim has been SUPER GENEROUS in offering his creation to the world.
I’ve read interviews he’s taken, watched videos he’s narrated and read many emails he’s sent…
He seems one heck of a stand up guy!
Hopefully he’s just had a bad month and decided to throw his toys out of the pram – I sincerely hope so as I love his product ( but I will not be forced to upgrade by ANYONE! ).
My future with this once mighty app seems VERY bleak…I hope I’m wrong!
If you have any further inside knowledge on what is happening at Tweet Jukebox please set the record straight by using the comment section below.