You’re an early adopter. You sign up for all the latest and greatest social networks and tools and web apps and you link up all your accounts, and then you forget about them and never go back to them. I’m guilty of this more than anyone.
Luckily, Lifehacker‘s Editor-In-Chief Whitson Gordon recently mentioned a web-based application in one of their newsletters called If This Then That that helps with not only utilizing your social tools to their fullest, but also some other really cool little tricks like texting you the weather report every morning.
In a nutshell, IFTTT utilizes your activated social tools, or “channels” (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Evernote, YouTube, Vimeo, SMS, etc.) to perform automated actions, known as “recipes.”
Here’s a few examples of what I’m now able to do with the help of IFTTT recipes:
- If I update my Facebook profile picture, automatically update my Twitter avatar
- If I favorite a song on SoundCloud, automatically download it to my Dropbox
- If I post a photo on Instagram, automatically post it to Evernote
- If Netflix adds a new movie to Netflix Streaming, send me an email
- If I add an item to Pocket (formerly Read It Later) automatically add a copy of it to Evernote
- Send me a text message every morning with the weather forecast for my Zip Code
- If I favorite a video on YouTube, post it to my Tumblr
Currently, there are over 60 different channels with even more pre-sorted recipes that you can activate. Go to IFTTT.com to get started.