Three Ways to Use IFTTT: If This Then That

Hey loves! Have you heard about this free service called IFTTT? If not, IFTTT, which stands for “If This Then That”, is an online service that automates various functions to help you improve your digital life. They use conditional statements, called ‘recipes’ to trigger changes on other web services like Facebook and Instagram. A lot of bloggers use IFTTT because it helps them share content in various platforms minus the hassle. Now, there are about 20 million ways (I'm just guessing, lol) to use IFTTT, but I’m only going to share three recipes that have worked for me.

1. Save links from your favorite tweets to Pocket

A few months ago, my Favorite tab on Twitter used to be an abyss of funny tweets and links I’d like to read for later. Finding the latter is like finding a needle in a haystack. But through IFTTT's sorcery, any starred tweet that contains a link will go straight to my Pocket, a web and mobile-based app that save interesting articles, videos, images and more. Once an article is saved to Pocket, the content is available on any device — even offline.

2. Share ‘starred’ Pocket entries through Buffer

If you've been following me on Twitter, you'd know that I love sharing articles that I deemed useful and inspirational. However, I prefer to share these at peak times where most of my followers can see the tweet. IFTTT makes it possible to me to share starred articles from Pocket then tweet it using Buffer, a web-based scheduler app.

3. Post Instagram photos as Twitter Photos

A few years ago, Twitter (or was it Instagram?) removed the ability to automatically show Instagram photos in their streams. Sucks, right? But IFTTT found a way to share Instagram photos without the extra clicks. Posting the same image on different social media accounts may be an overkill, but it saves time for you readers, who are struggling to connect to their 3G signal, to view your photos.

And that's how you put the Internet to work for you! *badum-tss* IFTTT supports a lot of online platforms and apps, including cloud storages such as Dropbox and Box, and I'm sure you'll discover at least one recipe to improve your productivity or workflow. Best of all, IFTTT is free!

Have you tried IFTTT before? What's your favorite recipe?