Eventbrite change makes event discovery just a little bit harder
Until recently, we were using Eventbrite’s Search API to track 100s of events in the area. Lots of groups were benefiting from our automated listings without having to lift a finger. Unfortunately, EB removed this facility last month with just a weeks notice.
APIs (application programming interfaces) are little backdoors into a company’s data; useful ways to explore their information and reuse it on other websites. Businesses provide them to open up their info and encourage sharing. We use them to help us gather events for local groups and organisations in an automated way.
Whilst there are other Evenbrite APIs available, they typically require that you are the owner of the event. There’s nothing useful in place for simply listing events as an interested third party.
Whatever the reason for EB removing the Search API, it’s a shame they are denying hundreds of event organisers the opportunity to have their activities freely and effortlessly promoted by sites like NowCroydon. If you think it’s a lost opportunity, do let them know.
We spent some time over the holiday on a workaround and are once again tracking Eventbrite events. It’s clunky. It’s cumbersome. But it works. Thankfully, only a small proportion of our listings are affected but nevertheless, we think it’s worthwhile to support local event organisers in promoting their activities.
With over 600,000 website visitors last year and almost 2 million page views, we trust you’ll agree!
Posted by Tim on Friday 3 January 2020
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