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 an abbreviation for “if this then 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 to the Evernote and many many other. Now ifttt integrated with mostly everything you can imagine including smart lamps and other smart devices and gadgets. A user can combine triggers and actions – if this then 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 are 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 starting this blog I thought: 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 wanted to. It can something, but cannot save a post in a PDF or some other formats and store result in Dropbox.
So, ifttt, unfortunately, is still useless for me.
How Ifttt Thinks I Can Use It
Ironically, recently ifttt sent me a promo email with a 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 your 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!