Dead Man's Snitch

How to get your server to email you when it goes down



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Spencer TothMaker@spncr2 · Product Development, Marketing
Thanks everyone! Last week we launched the ability to check-in your snitches via email (like the server success example). This is the result of more and more requests to trigger an alert when an email hasn’t sent when it should have. We’re excited to see all of the different use-cases (setup instructions are at Questions and feedback welcome! Also, use promo code PRODHUNT this week for one month free when you sign up to any paid plan.
Maia BittnerHunter@maiab · Co-founder
This is awesome. You can set cron jobs, daily backups, etc. to ping this service every time they successfully run. Then, you tell Dead Man's Snitch how often to expect a ping. If they ever don't receive one, they alert you. I always have the problem where if *I* get "successfully completed" emails, they just pile up over time and I ignore them... and then I don't notice when one day, I don't get one. This is a good way to check up on my many scheduled tasks.
Daniel Woelfel@danielwoelfel · Founder @PrecursorApp
I've used this for the past few months to monitor the cron job that backs up our database. Having a 3rd party verify that tasks complete is really important. If you're monitoring your own tasks, then the bug or network event that stops your task from running might also stop your alert from sending.
Tim Jahn@timjahn · Founder, Donald (
Love DMS! Great way to be notified if your crons don't run.
Andy Beaumont@drcongo · CTO
Upvoting this for two reasons: 1) it's useful, 2) the name is inspired. I've used for site upness for a few years and love it.