Recently, I discovered a nifty little tool called IFTTT (“If This Then That”). Their tagline is, “Put the internet to work for you.“
In essence, this tool allows you to make custom, easy-to-build connections (“recipes”) between your favourite everyday services & devices – to simplify activities such as cross-posting, or just simply auto-archiving your created & curated content.
Here are my first 2 Recipes – simple, yet powerfully time-saving!
For the longest time (since Instagram pulled their support for Twitter cards), I had wanted to streamline my Instagram to Twitter posting to include a pic.twitter.com photo attachment (so that the photo would show up in-stream on Twitter feeds). The standard Twitter sharing option within Instagram only posts a link to the photo, without displaying the actual photo in-stream on Twitter. Prior to using IFTTT to create this recipe, I had to manually compose a tweet each time I wanted to cross-post any new Instagram photo – with an upload of the Instagram photo, a copy-pasted Instagram URL for the photo, & and whatever caption I had used on my Instagram photo.
Now my IFTTT recipe does it all automatically for me!
Danielle K (@whythisbox) January 15, 2014
Let me know if you create any neat recipes; I would love to try them out!