IF THIS THEN THAT
CONCEPT: Create your own automated app smashes with your very own personal assistant IFTTT!
DELIVERY: When technology tools are used efficiently they can make life so much easier! IFTTT is one such tool that was created to make the many tasks we do on a regular basis automatic with one simple yet incredibly powerful statement – If This Then That.
There are two key vocabulary terms you need to know before you begin. The first is recipes - these are the connections you will create between apps. The second one is channel - these are the different apps that you will need to activate so that you can create the connections between them.
By allowing you to create “recipes” you can create connections between apps that don’t exist. For example if you are almost home, create a recipe to turn your phone to vibrate when you reach the office or how about a recipe to back up all your contacts to a Google spreadsheet?
With the unpredictable weather we’ve been having in here in Southern California lately a personal favorite recipe of mine is if it rains send me a notification.
All right so how do you get started? Begin by downloading the app or visiting the site to create an account. Locate the “channels” tab in the settings and activate the apps you would like to create recipes with.
If you are wondering where to begin with creating recipes, look no further than the home screen where you will find featured recipes, ones that are trending and ones that have been recently added. All recipes are private by default and if you create some recipes of your own remember to share them!
LIMITATIONS: It takes a few moments to give IFTTT access to your accounts, you’ll need to login and give it permission. However once you’ve activated all the channels you’ll be all set to go!
CONCLUSION: All in all IFTTT is a great tool to automate tasks that you would otherwise have to do yourself. 5/5
If I get an email attachment then send it to the cloud (aka Dropbox)
If I have a new blog post then share it to social media sites
If I change my profile picture of Facebook then change it on Twitter too
If I want to archive my tweets then send them to Evernote
If I want to do anything then you can with IFTTT! :)