by: Kyle Jones
Would it be nice if you could automate your web experience? Imagine having a list of all of your Facebook posts immediately posted to one of your Evernote notebooks. Imagine IF you could do THIS THEN THAT would happen. This is what IFTTT.COM does and much, much more. Or, in their own words, they put the internet to work for you. As of today users of the service who own iOS devices can rejoice…there’s an app for that!
I discovered IFTTT.com a few months ago and I’ll be honest and say that I’ve not explored all the things it can do. Why haven’t I? It wasn’t because of time restraints but because of all the different options available.
The service, according to Wikipedia.org, was developed by Linden Tibbets and launched in 2010. It has grown in popularity and overall usage since that time. Bottom line – if you use a computer and/or are involved in social media – you should give IFTTT a try!
The Mixing Bowl that is IFTTT
What are the social media ingredients?
How does it work?
What can it do?
Well, let’s start at the beginning to get an overall answer.
Accounts – A free account is required.
Channels – A channel is a social network and/or service authorized by the user to connect with IFTTT. As of 07/11/2013, there are now sixty-seven channels! These inlcude: Blogger, Buffer, Feedly, Evernote, Dropbox, ESPN, Facebook, Hootsuite, Instagram, iOS Photos, Twitter, Phone, Google Talk & Calendar, Stocks, Text and many more.
Triggers – A trigger is the THIS. An example of a trigger might be “I post a photo on Instagram.”
Actions – An action is the THAT. An example of an action might be “the photo is posted on Flickr.”
Ingredients – Ingredients are the user’s customizations. Examples could include subjects, tags, location, etc.
Recipe – A recipe is the combination of a Trigger and an Action plus any of the added ingredients. These can be private or shared publicly leaving the option available for the user to change the privacy option at any time.
The examples in the list above are based upon information from the About section of the IFTTT site.
I did have one complaint about the service that hindered my use and, most likely, caused some of the delay examining all the different options. Maybe it was my laziness but I wanted an app to use.
Today erased the complaint.
I happily discovered that there finally IS an app for that! and I’ve just downloaded it. It’s free and can be found in the Apple Apps store. To visit the App Store, click the button:
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Have you used IFTTT? What are some of your success stories using the IFTTT recipes? Are there any recipes which caught your eye and quickly became a favorite?
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