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Relax recent policy changes to allow IFTTT triggers to continue functioning

    1. Petition by

      Donald Burr

      Carpinteria, CA

If This Then That (IFTTT) is a very powerful service used by many, that lets users connect various web services together in unique, interesting and useful ways. For example, you could create a "recipe" to automatically bookmark all favorited Tweets in a social bookmarking service such as Delicious; or send you an SMS message when one of your followers @reply's you. And so on.

Unfortunately, Twitter has recently announced policy changes that will effectively neuter this capability. According to Section 4A of the Twitter API Terms (https://dev.twitter.com/terms/api-terms), Twitter will begin strictly enforcing their Developer Display Requirements (https://dev.twitter.com/terms/display-requirements), "Exporting Twitter Content to a datastore as a service or other cloud based service, however, is not permitted." After these restrictions are in place, IFTTT "recipes" will still be allowed to post on their creators' behalf to Twitter; however "triggers" (which constitutes the bulk of what makes Twitter-IFTTT integration useful) will cease to function.

We feel that this is a needless restriction, and see it as a betrayal to those long-time Twitter users who helped popularize the service and make it grow and prosper. We humbly ask Twitter to reconsider this decision.

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    • Alexander Gagin MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
      • almost 2 years ago

      I need a tool to make sure I don't miss certain twitter posts

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    • Alex Byers WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 2 years ago

      IFTTT is awesome and is like APIs for dummies. It helps show people what it possible with programming

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    • Megan Taylor BRONX, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I use IFTTT to keep track of interesting links shared by people I follow.

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    • Cait Hurley STREATHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I see no reason why I should not be able to archive / handle the content I create, in the way I like. Twitter does not provide the kind of premium services to do with archive, search and so on that we've all been waving the flag about for years - IFTTT is a classically 'internetty' solution, built by geeks for useful fun.

      It pains me that Twitter should become that bit more corporate and restrictive in outlook, when it has always felt, as an early adopter, that Twitter was a place that valued me, my stuff, and its fluid relationship with other 'net and web entities which are nicely blurred around the edges. Argh! Be nice, you guys.

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    • Cait Hurley STREATHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      There are many personal tools to support long use of Twitter which Twitter itself either does not, or cannot provide. The information I have created within Twitter must remain my own data, which I should be able to export and archive should I choose to do so. IFTTT is an elegant and typically 'internet' solution to this gap, which does not harm the Twitter business model.

      Be nice, guys, come on! We love Twitter, don't just be like everyone else. You have other options.

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