Twitter Archives And IFTTT


Twitter, Google Drive and IFTTT made my day about a week ago. I found out that a new Google Drive channel had been added to IFTTT that enabled me to archive tweets via a spreadsheet – I was specifically looking for something that replaced the service Twapperkeeper used to provide. This was a perfect and straight forward solution for me. Fantastic! Then a few days later I found out that all the Twitter triggers in IFTTT (those that enable the archiving to work) have to be removed to comply with Twitter’s terms of service. This is a Twitter decision, not an IFTTT decision. This includes any method of archiving, not just via Google Drive spreadsheets. It’s pretty disappointing that Twitter have taken this stance, as it seems as if they’re happy with people providing content for their network, but aren’t keen to freely et the content go anywhere else once it’s been passed onto them. And before anyone tells me to stop complaining about a free service – I understand that Twitter is a free service. I appreciate that and I also appreciate that Twitter is a service that’s very useful to me, but at the same time if users hadn’t provided the content they do provide, then Twitter would not be as successful as it is. In fact, without free content from the users it would have flopped, in the same way that other microblogging services flopped. It’s ironic that part of its success – its open attitude in the early days that allowed data to be pulled out of the service easily, as well as sent to it – is being gradually closed down. Now it seems as if the traffic is all one way. Wouldn’t it be good if Twitter provided the service that suited its users and content creators and not just itself. In fact, I’d even be happy to pay for that service.