What does it do?: Set up ‘recipes’ to automatically run when something happens on the web.
Whilst our online accounts are offering more and more automatic integration with each other, there are still some functions we have to perform manually. Such as downloading photos from social media accounts so you can email or share them with friends.
IFTTT.com offers a simple way of plugging some of these holes.
Sound confusing? Here are some “recipes” to get you thinking…
- Send your new Instagram pics to a DropBox folder
- Star a Gmail, send it to Evernote
- Send tagged photos on Facebook, to Dropbox
- If an iPhone App goes from paid to free, it sends you an email
For instance, I am currently an Instagram addict. But Instagram pics are not that easy to use outside of Instagram. I know there are plugins out there for adding them to my blog posts, and I can make any one of them a profile pic, but if I want to use them in a design, it’s just not as easy as ‘right click’, ‘save’.
Cue IFTTT.com. I found a pre-mixed recipe which allows me to automatically save every new Instapic into a Dropbox folder. Using my pics is now as easy as opening the folder and saving them to my local drive. Problem solved.
The account is free to set up, and easy to use. I’ve been using it for about six months, and haven’t ventured further than the ready-made recipes created by other users.
If you think it sounds like overkill, just wait until the next time you find yourself wishing that you had all your Facebook pics in a folder to browse.
We recently bought an Apple TV. The screen saver is set to flip through a folder of family photos shared via PhotoStream. Although I take thousands of photos every few months, I very rarely sit down and look through them with family and friends. IFTTT.com has allowed me to easily collate images across accounts to share from one folder.
Go on over and take a look…
What is your most useful IFTTT recipe? Drop me a line via comments, I’d love to know.