Monday, March 4, 2019


I've had a very on-and-off relationship with IFTTT and alerts, especially for things like sports alerts.

I was prepared to set up simple sports scores alerts for local teams, and I noticed the ESPN channel is no longer there. Turns out ESPN discontinued its API a few months ago, so those alerts are no more.

If you already have the data from STATS, and the API is already in place, I understand if ESPN is in cost-cutting mode, but how much does it save to cut off many more users of your product?

If ESPN is thinking it can push more people to its app, this is faulty thinking. Narrowing the number of available options to access your product does not broaden its appeal. It makes them more like competitor apps and less likely to stand out.

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