Imagine if your sewer pipe started demanding that you make major changes in your diet.Now imagine that it got a lawyer and started asking you to sign things.You would feel surprised.This is the position I find myself in today with IFTTT, a form of Internet plumbing that has been connecting peaceably to my backend for the past five years, but which has recently started sending scary emails.
I’ve been following this on Twitter for the last few days1 and it really seems to be a dick move by IFTTT. Once a small, scrappy web service–it’s increasing popularity seems to have given it a misguided belief that it can now dictate terms to developers.
Terms, as Ceglowski points out, that appear to be grossly unfair.
Update: IFTTT have published a statement (which was also emailed to all of their users with the Pinboard channel activated) explaining that they’ll be continuing support for Pinboard and updating their Terms of Service for developers for the better.