IFTTT allows the user to connect different online platforms and applications by establishing conditional relationships between them. IFTTT stands for “IF This Then That” and it nicely sums up how one connects two applications together. Changes in one application or platform will trigger an action in another. These simple chains or strings of commands are referred to as “recipes” and they can be shared to other IFTTT users looking to do the same thing with their own respective applications.
IFTTT does a great job in walking new users through the process of creating their own recipe. Currently, IFTTT can connect to about 180 different online applications or “channels” that support productivity, social media, home automation and wearable technologies. As a result, one can create some unique recipes that can combine and automate applications that would otherwise work independently from each other.
Examples of some possible recipes include:
- Save and document all of your Twitter posts to a Google spreadsheet
- Save your Instagram photos to DropBox
- Automatically save Gmail attachments to either Dropbox, Box or OneDrive
- Receive a SMS text message if any new post appears on your Tumblr blog
- Download SoundCloud tracks to your Google Drive
IFTTT is also available as an app for iOS and Android. The developers at IFTTT have just released their DO applications that allow you to connect action items to their DO Button, DO Camera or DO Note apps. If you are looking to automate and coordinate your favourite applications, you will want to check out IFTTT.
– K. Takahashi