Between emails, status updates, tweets, news articles and more, there is a lot of information coming at you all at once on the Internet. The trouble is actually finding a way to harness all of that information and make it work for you. For a few months now, I have been using an amazing tools that can help make the most of your internet experience. It’s called ifttt.
ifttt sounds pretty boring, but it stands for “if this then that.” Programmers out there will recognize this as a phrase that comes up in their code. So what does this have to do with you, and your online activities? What you do on ifttt is pick a trigger, then select an action to happen when the former happens. Some true geeks out there may recognize this as a socially focused version of Yahoo Pipes with a more intuitive user interface.
A few Examples of how I am currently using it are:
- When I post a “Public” post on my Google+ profile, I have a trigger that monitors that RSS feed (using a service called http://plu.sr) to simultaneously post to my Twitter and Facebook profile.
- When I check into a location in Foursquare, I have a trigger that will create a Google Calendar entry of that check in. Thus, providing me an activity log of where I’ve historically been. Surprisingly useful.
- When the weather calls for rain the next day, I have a trigger send me a push notification on my iPhone using Boxcar so I can pre-plan my ability to ride my motorcycle to the office the next day.
To give some more examples, you could tell it to send you an email every time a stock hits below a certain number. Or, if you want to get out of a bad conversation? Send a text to a certain number, and you’ll get a phone call a few minutes later.
They have a growing list of 35 services that can be used as triggers or actions. Within those services are a number of individual triggers or actions. The combinations are endless. In fact, they have recently launched a section of the site called “Recipes” where you can browse and use triggers that other people have dreamed up. This has quickly become one of my new favorite internet services.
Please post in the comments if you come up with a fun Recipe you want to share!