Wednesday, March 24, 2021 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Shared Shortcuts URLs Broken

Matthew Cassinelli (tweet, Reddit, Federico Viticci):

Hello all – we’re currently experiencing a fairly major outage for iCloud links related to Shortcuts, and at the moment almost every shortcut that has been shared in the past cannot be installed.

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This is still developing and, while it does seem like it’s possible to resolve, I shared a thread where I highlighted how major issues like this are eroding the larger trust in Shortcuts, especially outside the current community – this is a crisis moment for Shortcuts.

I hope Apple is able to dedicate resources to fully overcoming the technical debt accrued inside the Shortcuts ecosystem, as well as restoring trust in the community – the people who are in this community and our ideas for how to use shortcuts are stronger than ever, but we’re constantly trying to stand on uneven ground.

Update (2021-07-02): Mike Rockwell:

It would be cool if you could still add .shortcut files instead of fully relying on iCloud links.

Federico Viticci:

I wrote this about Shortcuts and sharing in 2019. I’m just going to leave it here.

Nick Heer:

This has been all over my Twitter timeline for hours, but Apple’s iCloud status webpage is still all green — everything is apparently just fine with Shortcuts.

Juli Clover:

Apple has now fixed the problem, and links to Shortcuts on the web should be largely functional again.

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