If This Then That – IFTTT

You will have heard about IFTTT before, if not here then on another technophile blog. I started using it quite some time ago, then forgot about, then came back to it about a year ago when I realised I was posting stuff online for which I didn’t have an offline backup. For those things IFTTT is perfectly suited.

So, now I have 15 active recipes that hook together my blogs, Google Reader starred items, my Instagram photos, Evernote, Pocket, Diigo, Tumblr, Facebook pages, SoundCloud, and other services to dish up all kinds of recipes.

IFTTT recipes if-this-then-that

For instance, I follow quite a few people on SoundCloud so I use IFTTT to grab their new sounds and put the file into a DropBox folder for easy listening later.

Whenever I “star” and item in Google Reader IFTTT sends it to the Sciencebase Facebook page as well as adding a link to the Sciencebase Tumblr. It also sends the same item to BufferApp.com from where it can be posted later to my twitter stream.

I use Pocket like “starring” stuff in Google Reader but is for the stuff I don’t want to post publicly and also for grabbing interesting pages that aren’t necessarily in a newsfeed. Items from both starred Google Reader get sent to my Evernote folders too…nothing like a bit of link redundancy.

I also use IFTTT to grab podcast updates and send those to a DropBox folder, this helps specifically with the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast, which I successfully requested be added to the DoubleTwist podcast directory for the Android app, but which doesn’t yet update for some reason.

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Photographer and musician.