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Make The Internet Work For You With IFTTT

Posted April 7, 2013 by Melissa Foster in Features

Wanna get a text every time it’s going to rain? Would you like it if every time you uploaded a Facebook photo, it’s automatically saved to a your Dropbox? How great would it be to have photos you post to Instagram automatically emailed to your non-Facebook-using grandmother?

There is an internet service called IFTTT that can do all this and so much more.

IFTTT is a fun service that lets you create useful connections with one simple statement: If THIS, then THAT.


Let’s break this down for you!

What is a Trigger?

The “This” part of a recipe is the trigger. Some example triggers are “If I’m tagged in a facebook photo” or “If I check in on Foursquare.”

What is an Action?

The “That” part of a recipe is the action. Some example actions are “then send me a text message” or “then create a status message on Facebook.”

What is an Recipe?

A Trigger + an Action = A Recipe! You can check out popular recipes here. My personal favorite is here. And I found two additional articles (here and here) featuring some additional creative recipes!


Make magic things happen in your life with this brilliant service. And have fun playing around with it!


About the Author

Melissa Foster

A productivity consultant for startups founders and entrepreneurs, Melissa Foster is on a mission to help her clients and readers create flow in their lives... and get big things done. A certified life coach, Melissa's hyper-focused, energetic approach is coupled with wisdom, warmth, and wit. You can get more from Melissa by visiting her website.