Ifttt.com is Cool. But How I Can Use It?
Years ago I read about service called ifttt.com. If this name sounds strange, it is actually abbreviation for “if this than that”.
The idea of the service is clear – there are many triggers – new post in a blog, new tween, new mail, new this and new that… really a lot of things. And there are actions – post a tweet, save something in dropbox, add event and many many other. Now ifttt integrated with mostly everything you can imagine including smart lamps and other smart devices and gadgets. User can combine triggers and actions – if this than that! And definitely, there is an app for your smartphone.
I like to delegate boring tasks to a computer. Therefore when I read about ifttt first time I was very optimistic. I registered there and quickly found that there is no ways this service could help me. Probably, I used Internet services some very special way and all people did something completely different – I did not know.
Following “use it smart” approach I did not use services which brought no value to me just because somebody said that this was a service to use.
Since that time, I regularly meet articles named like “<X> best ifttt receipts for <Y>”, where X is a number, usually between 5 and 20 and Y is some popular service or tool. As mostly all other “list” articles, these are just a list collected to wrote a post. Authors mostly do not use these receipts them-selfs.
Sometimes I check these articles and find, again and again, that this “best”, “must use” etc receipts are not for me.
After staring this blog I though: it would be great to have a collection of all post from the blog in the way they were published. The next idea was, definitely ifttt.com should be able to help. Something like if <new post on useitsmart.com> then <save it to my dropbox>. Finally, iftt.com could be useful for me! I logged in, gave ifttt access to my dropbox (you need first give it access and only then you see what it can do!) and found that ifttt cannot do what I want to. It can something, but cannot save a post in a PDF or some other formats and store result in drobox.
So, ifttt, unfortunately, is still useless for me.
How Ifttt Thinks I Can Use It
Ironically, recently ifttt sent me a promo mail with set of “12 Applets for healthy habits. Here they are:
These are 12 best ways ifttt belies they can help me with healthy habits:
- “Automatically log a meal in your Jawbone Up when you check in at a restaurant on Foursquare”!
- “Tweet to friends when the surf is over 2 feet high — surf’s up!”
I have better “healthy habit” receipt for you: simply block time in you calendar for “workout”! Requires neither gadget nor special services.
Meanwhile, if you really use ifttt.com and it brings you a value – share your experience in comments!