IFTTT: The Personal Assistant You're Looking For

IFTTT: The Personal Assistant You're Looking For



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Check it out: IFTTT.com

One of my favorite online tools is the feature for this week’s Savvy Tuesday. IFTTT stands for “if this then that” and is a fantastic automation website. It brings together your favorite social networks, cloud storage apps, wearable technology, email, text messaging and so much more to automate various tasks that are not a good use of your time. The perfect personal assistant.

Here are some of the ways IFTTT assists me every day automatically:

Daily wake up call at the same time everyday reading a motivational message I’ve programmed.
All videos across my YouTube channels are automatically shared on my Tumblr page.
All new blog posts across all of my websites are auto tweeted to my personal Twitter account.
All of my Instagram photos are copied to my cloud sharing service, Google Drive.
Text IFTTT and they will call me immediately to help me get out of awkward situations.
Call IFTTT and the voicemail will become an mp3 sent to my email and will auto dictated as well.
All events on my calendar will generate a text to my phone 30 minutes in advance.
Daily text message every morning with the current weather.
Other great recipes to try:

Archived articles from Pocket automatically sent to Buffer app. (Activate here!)
When a new book is added to Kindle Top 100 Free eBooks, send me an email (Activate here!)
Get an email when tomorrow’s forecast calls for rain (Activate here!)
When Facebook profile picture changes, update Twitter profile picture (Activate here!)
Definitely check out the Browse section of IFTTT to see what other people’s recipes are doing. It will definitely help you come up with some great ideas that will help your every day work load.

And remember, RSS feeds are a great thing to know if you want to be able to accomplish more than what the channels allow you to do. Especially if you have multiple accounts of different channels because you can only activate one of each. Almost everything has an RSS feed. If you can find it, you can make a lot of great things happen.

What do you love about IFTTT?

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44 thoughts on “IFTTT: The Personal Assistant You're Looking For”

  1. I love IFTTT. My favourite recipe is one I have set up to upload my Instagram and Camera+ photos to Twitter's picture service so that the photos open inline in Twitter's native apps rather than in an external browser, because you know, Instagram and Twitter aren't friends with each other.

  2. Only if Google+… 🙂 i find this recipe ifttt.com/recipes/10447 "Share #Foursquare checkins as #Tumblr photo posts with a map as the image", but i change to Facebook

  3. LOL… Damn… I just watched a video in German about ifttt and now yours in English and you got the point… It`s made with so much more passion… Thumb up! 😀

  4. Thanks for uploading. I'm an old fart and was wondering if IFTTT was for me. Since I'm not into social media (except youtube and pinterest) I don't think I'll get much use out of IFTTT but I'm going to take your advice and check out the channels page.  Thanks again for your time.

  5. As always, great class – love the new website
    David – great class – love IFTTT – am in process of automating things and since my husband has had some recent health problems, am including some of your suggestions from the class on how to use this to help better care for him.  Again, thanks so much for this wonderful service!!

  6. Hi Amy,
    I know you did this video many moons ago, but if you can answer this -then that would be really helpful! I created a recipe for Instagram to post on my FB. Ok, it worked. Then I did a SECOND post on Instagram – and it became 1 with the other on FB. It got bundled together, which is no good. How do I make it so that each time I post on Insta, it creates a NEW post on FB, instead of adding to an older post? Please, if you know.

  7. I don't get IFTTT because I got to app for my Tablet and It dose nothing. I Set it up with auto post from youtube and soundcloud to facebook, twitter but it doesn't do it ever. Doesn't work and I don't know why. People like you keep saying how great it is but It dose not work and can't describe how increadibly irritated and frustrated at the app. Arggggggg Please help me Amy what am I doing wrong with the Android IFTTT app?

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