So first it started with an IFTTT email just under three weeks ago:
We have been busy bringing improvements to the IFTTT platform. Because of these technical updates, some Channels will no longer be supported.
On March 23rd, the following Channels and their Recipes will be removed from IFTTT: App.net, BuzzFeed, Campfire, Diigo, Etsy, ffffound, Last.fm, Readability, Yahoo Fantasy Sports, and Yammer.
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve added over 30 Channels and encourage you come check out what’s new and noteworthy on IFTTT!
—The IFTTT Team
Now this list includes a mix of former digital titans like last.fm and Yahoo!. But some of the others listed there are business that still have a lot of heat behind them like Buzzfeed.
Then Sunday I get this:
We’re working on a new IFTTT platform for developers that makes building Channels and Recipes a breeze.
Recently, we’ve worked with our partners to migrate to the improved platform, but some have chosen not to do so. Unfortunately, the Pinboard Channel did not migrate to the new platform and will be removed on April 4th.
Pinboard is one of our favorite services and we’re all sad to see it go. We hope down the road it may be back.
Stay tuned to the latest Channels launching on IFTTT!
— The IFTTT Team
Ok, pinboard.in isn’t a service that huge amounts of people rely on. But for those of us that do rely on it, its as important as Evernote or email. It’s user base tends to be tech-forward kind of people.
But it begs a wider question, why the short notice and how come IFTTT can’t bring services along with them that have tech forward users? Pinboard have posted their version of what happened on their blog and it makes for disturbing reading. The link is at the bottom of this post, I recommend that you take some time to check it out.
A quick look on Google News shows that this loss of services from IFTTT hasn’t been covered, and there is nothing on the IFTTT blog that I could see.
I have rebuilt my recipes that use pinboard.in in a services called Botize. It costs €4.99 a month or €49.99 a year and only accepts payments by PayPal. If I come across better services I will share them on here.
My Heroic and Lazy Stand Against IFTTT | Pinboard blog – disturbing guide to IFTTT’s designs on your data and business model.