You might have heard of If This Then That. I had, but hadn’t gotten to using it. Then a client asked about plugins for publishing new post links to Facebook and I realised I wasn’t happy with the plugin I was using for posting links to Facebook and Twitter. Enter IFTTT!
The basic idea of IFTTT is that when it detects “this” (whatever trigger you specify), it does “that” (an action that you specify). You can read more about it on the IFTTT about page. It can connect with Google, Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, Facebook… currently 49 services in total.
It is so easy to use! It’s great for just broadcasting your blog and social media posts, but it can do so much more than that too. You can receive alerts via SMS, email and Pushover for whatever trigger you create, you can use it as a bookmark tool (I just activated a recipe to save my favourite tweets in an Evernote note), or a backup tool (the example in the recipe at the top of this post saves Instagram images to Dropbox), and loads of other ways, I’m sure.
I wanted to make a recipe to automatically add events from Facebook to Google Calendar, but Facebook events are not an accepted trigger yet: I hope this one will be included in the future!
Get on it and connect up your internet life!
If you’re already on it, what recipes are you using? Let me know in the comments!