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Medium’s API Stops Working

Write.as (Hacker News):

Sometime in the past few weeks, Medium abruptly deleted third-party access to their publishing API. There was no warning before, or notice after, this happened — apps just stopped working (including ours).

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We trusted that Medium might not do what many VC-funded platforms have done before: open an API, attract developers and users, grow, then shut it all down. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they did. And unlike their previous pivots, they didn’t even give the courtesy of a small heads-up.

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Update 11:33am EST: we received a response from Medium, though it’s still confusing:

We recently experienced an interruption with API, and the ability to generate new oAuth-based applications has been restricted. I have reenabled that feature.

This doesn’t really explain why our 2-year-old integration suddenly stopped working (we didn’t need to generate a new application).

Michael Love:

My general rule of thumb is that unless you’re a) paying for it and also b) those payments represent a significant source of revenue for the company offering it, it’s never worth investing significant effort to rely on a third-party API.

Previously:

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