If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve likely noticed that my blog posts are automatically tweeted for me. There are multiple services you can use to do this, like Zapier and IFTTT. I use both services for various automations. Each has built-in actions for listening to an RSS feed and then tweeting new items as they appear. Sadly, neither service has a built-in action for Mastodon. However, we can achieve the same results with a generic webhook action on both platforms.
Squires’ post inspired me to check on how my posts are automatically published to Mastodon in a way I do not pay for. It turns out I have a Zapier action set up but, at some point, the company began charging for new uses of the webhook action. Using webhooks on IFTTT remains free. Unfortunately, I have not worked out how to make the links prettier, and I dare not touch the Zapier action in case it gets paywalled.