Automate your Life with IFTTT

This post originally appeared on the Promote Community blog.

When I discovered Zapier and IFTTT, my inner geek went “squee!”.  How did I NOT know about these?!?

Now, I’m using them to automate all sorts of things in my work and personal life.  I’m going to write another post dedicated to Zapier, so for now I’ll focus on IFTTT, since they announced today the release of their new iPhone app!

What is it

IFTTT basically connects two programs that don’t normally talk to each other.  For example, Instagram and Dropbox.  Or, weather updates and SMS text messages.  Or, your IOS photos and Dropbox/Google Drive.  Or, Twitter and Instagram.

Not only does it make them talk, it automates the talking.  You tell IFTTT what you want to happen (called “recipes”) and it will automatically make them happen.

How it helps me

Here are some examples of recipes I have setup right now:

  • If the low tomorrow in Houston is going to be below 31F, text me.  (Don’t laugh – I set this up for this coming winter, so I don’t kill MORE plants)
  • If the high tomorrow in Houston is going to be above 96F, text me.  Yeah, it’s been texting me almost everyday.  Houston = HOTston.
  • If it’s going to rain in Houston tomorrow, text me.  Then, I’ll know I probably can’t wear my everyday flip-flops.
  • Save any Instagrams I post tagged with #365DaysofVegan to my Dropbox folder of the same name.  This is for my other blog, VeryVeganish.com.  That way, I don’t have to go to Instagram and manually save the photos to my Dropbox for use on the blog or in newsletters on MailChimp.  Nifty, right???

I’ve just scratched the surface of what IFTTT can do.  They have 54 different programs you can use to trigger actions.  I’ve found that IFTTT seems to be more geared towards personal uses and Zapier towards business uses.

IFTTT’s new iPhone app

Here’s a rundown of their new iPhone app and what you can do with it:

Use IFTTT to automate your life. Really cool tool.

Use IFTTT to automate your life. Really cool tool.

Use IFTTT to automate your life. Really cool tool.

Use IFTTT to automate your life. Really cool tool.

Use IFTTT to automate your life. Really cool tool.

Use IFTTT to automate your life. Really cool tool.

 

Have you used IFTTT?  What recipes have you built?

One Response to Automate your Life with IFTTT

  1. […] I love IFTTT.  One of the presenters at the conference, Eric T. Tung, talked about it during his “Social Media Tools for Blogging Success” breakout session, which made me really happy.  It’s always nice to meet a fellow automation/tech/social media geek. […]

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