Ifttt: If This Then That

The digital world has swamped us with an overload of information. Try and note down how many online services that we use on a daily basis, whether for work or for personal use. We access Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and much more. We universally agree that getting notified about a certain event say “a new post on your Facebook wall” or a “new blog post” is much better than constantly switching between applications and checking for updates. But getting notified of events is just one part of the puzzle. Once we receive an event, there are times that you want others to know about it by posting in your blog or tweeting about it. “If This Then That,” or ifttt, is just the digital duct tape that aims to solve this problem in an intuitive and non-programmer centric fashion.

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a web based automation service that lets you build up tasks from ‘channels’ that work a little like Lego blocks. You take a channel, and when something happens on it a defined action happens on another channel. For example, I’ve set up a task that watches a news feed (using the RSS Feed channel) and when a new article appears an action tweets about it using my Twitter account. There are channels for all manner of things, from the date and time to Flickr to Facebook to the weather. You could define a task that automatically updates your Facebook page when you upload a picture to Flickr, or says “Good morning” at a particular time every day, or … well, you get the idea. There’s stacks of potential.

What’s most compelling about ifttt is the power that it holds. What’s most impressive, though is how easy it really is to use. You can have a couple of tasks set up already and following the process is amazingly simple. You litterally click “this” in a statement of “if this happens”, then you click “that” in another statement. You can customize the variables to many of them, but what you’re left with is a hugely powerful system of automation.

Then, how can we exactly create a task? ifttt allows you to create tasks using channels, triggers, and actions. The task itself is the who shabang. You getting a text message because the temperature dropped would be an example of the task. This is the entire, “if this then that” statement. The trigger is the first part of our task — the “this” part. The trigger can be anything from posting a link on Facebook, to text messaging ifttt, to a time of the day, week, month, or year. This part of the task causes (or…triggers) the second part of the task- the action. Our action (the “that” part of the task) is whatever you want to happen once the trigger is activated. Again, this can be anything from sending a tweet, or texting, IMing, or calling you. Both the triggers and actions are based on the channels that ifttt has to offer. 本文轉載brothersoft,編輯僅做翻譯。詳細請查看原網站文章。

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