So, you guys know that I’m a fan of doing as little work as possible. So naturally when I hear about a service that could do some of my menial labor for me – such as syndicating the content of my blog posts – I’m all in. Enter a new service called “If this, then that” or “IFTTT” for short.
Quite simply the service enables you set up triggers between multiple services in a dead simple fashion. Currently it supports a handful of services, including Twitter, Facebook, WordPress (Hosted and Self-deployed), Flickr, Craigslist, and more. As you can see in the screenshot above I’ve set mine up to auto-syndicate my blog posts to my Twitter and Facebook accounts. (This blog post will actually be the first to test these new triggers.)
Setting up new triggers in IFTTT is done in a Wizard format that guides you through the process of setting up your triggers and actions.
Overall, I’m pretty excited about this. I wish they had a few more services (such as Gravatar), but overall it is a pretty promising selection. They are still in “beta” status, so I expect that everything I’m missing will come in a future release. If you’ve got some time to check it out, then please give it a spin and let me know what you think. I expect a majority of my readers will have already heard about IFTTT, but I’m sure there are a few who come here from links on my Facebook feed who haven’t yet.
You can get to IFTTT by pointing your web browser to ifttt.com (or clicking that handy link). I’m just now scratching the surface of what I can do with this little gem of internet automation, so I’ll be sure to keep you guys apprised of anything cool that I come up with in later blog posts. As always, I’d love some comment love with your thoughts on it. Does IFTTT sound like something you would use? Or, are you already using it?