#GetItDone Day: Use IFTTT to Automate Connections Between Online Services
In honor of #GetItDone Day, here’s a way to save time between work, school, and life by automating small but necessary online tasks.
If you spend a lot of time using online services, you probably spend a lot of time bridging the gaps between them. You post all your Instagram photos to Facebook, your YouTube favorites to Tumblr, and maybe even save articles from your desktop to your smartphone with Pocket.
The simple connections are typically built into the most popular apps. But how does a non-developer get Facebook to automatically send photos you’re tagged in to Dropbox or learn how to automatically save email attachments to your cloud storage? Well, there’s a service for that.
If This Then That, or simply IFTTT, takes online automation to a whole new level by allowing users to create, remix, and share service connections, called “recipes.”
The platform also allows you to utilize phone calls and SMS for reminders, allowing you to receive morning weather reports or text a simple message to activate an automated phone call in order to escape an uncomfortable social situation. The possibilities with IFTTT are endless.
Its mobile app is currently only available for iPhone, but Android or Windows Phone users can still take advantage of IFTTT’s web app to create connections.
Need more recipes? Be sure to also read “5 Creative Ways to Use IFTTT as a College Student.” Let us know some your favorites in the comments below.