Put The Internet To Work For You With IFTTT

IFTT stands for ‘If This Then That’ and as the name suggests it allows you to create a particular action based on a certain trigger. For example - ‘If I send a tweet then post it on Facebook’. The premise of this concept is very simple yet extremely powerful.

There are numerous ‘Channels’ that are supported in IFTTT, 52 it total and growing actually. Some of them are Dropbox, Gmail, SMS, Email, Evernote, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and many more. You can even set IFTTT to carry out actions on a date & time bases. For example, on 25th December at 00:01 send a tweet and Facebook update to say Merry Christmas, or send me a text on 12th August to remind me that it’s my girlfriends birthday next week.

I could sit here and write all day about you can do with IFTTT but the best way of finding out is to sign up for an account. Oh I almost forgot to mention – IFTTT is also free! Here are some examples of the IFTTT ‘recipes’ that I have setup:

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  • If someone follows me on Twitter then tweet them back saying thanks.
  • When I tweet then post it on Facebook and vice versa.
  • If I star and email in Gmail then send it to Evernote.
  • Send an e-mail to myself using the hashtag #lostphone in the subject or body and ifttt will call your phone.
  • If someone tags a photo of me in Facebook then add it to Dropbox.
  • If there is a new post on my blog then send the article title and links to Facebook & Twitter.
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There are many more than I have and that you can setup, all you need to do is create an account and browse the mahoosive list of recipes that you can use. Unfortunately there is no Google+ integration yet but I really don’t think it will be long before that comes along.

Have you come up with some recipes? Why not explain them in the comments section…

Put The Internet To Work For You With IFTTT
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