IFTTT: IF This, Then That

A Way to Put the Internet to Work for You

Have you ever had a thought that you just had to share with everyone? You probably opened your Twitter app and wrote it out 140 characters or less and then switched over to the Facebook app or site and posted it as your status and then even maybe posted it up on your Tumblr blog so all of your followers could also see it as well.

Or maybe it was one of those great pictures you took that you wanted to show everyone. You would probably post on instagram and then use some of instagrams features to post it to twitter. Then to share it to your flickr followers you would also post the same picture on your flickr page. And then upload it to your facebook photos section and create a tumblr photo post to make sure all your followers on all of your different social networks got the opportunity to see it.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Enter IFTTT.

Internet Recipes

IFTTT stands for If This, Then That which pretty much explains the whole idea behind the amazing service. IFTTT allows you to create recipes where if one thing happens on one of your social networks, another thing happens on another of yours. Let me better explain with an example recipe that I use all the time.

I take a ton of photos and one of my more favorite photo taking and photo sharing apps is Instagram. Its fun and easy and a great way to add neat effects to my iPhone photos. I want to share those photos, though, with all of my Flickr followers, Facebook friends, & Twitter friends.

So lets take a look at how you’d create the first part of that automation with IFTTT.

Cooking up an IFTTT Recipe

IFTTT Recipe for posting from Instagram to Twitter

Creating a Recipe is insanely easy, you just have to follow a couple of simple steps:

  1. From the Dashboard Page, click on the giant, “Create a Task” button.
  2. Click on the blue “this” button & select a social network or channel to start with. We will select on Instagram.
  3. Choose a trigger for that network. For our example we will just choose the first one that says “any new photo by you” & then select the big create trigger option.
  4. Now to create the action we will choose another social network from the “that” button. We will choose Twitter.
  5. And just like the trigger, we will choose an action and for us posting a new tweet with an image sounds perfect.
  6. You can then customize the new tweet using both the addins it has to the right, or just plain text and ast choose create action.
  7. Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the automation.

Almost too easy right? And the combinations are endless, especially with the constant additions of API’s to IFTTT supported list. It’s truly one of those web apps that actually helps make the web and social networks easier & and more seamless to use.