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We’ve already introduced you to ifttt in a previous post and there have been several improvements made and new channels added to the web application since then. Automation and synchronization are two points that have to be stressed if you’re very involved in social web and GTD. ifttt’s ability in allowing the user to automatically associate all interests and priorities to their relevant web-based services is a luxury that will save you a lot of both time and effort.
To save you even more time and effort, I’ve assembled a list of 10 of the best Recipes that are currently available. With more than 5,000 public Recipes to browse through, here are the gems (in no particular order):
If your friends list is anything like mine, you will have noticed a huge response to the recent changes to Facebook. This Recipe will monitor the official Facebook blog‘s RSS feed and text you whenever there is an update. I made this Recipe and I use it myself, and it worked rather well in immediately informing me of Facebook’s recent iPad release.
In the screenshot below, you’ll see (along with weather notifications also from ifttt) the SMS message sent at 4:44 PM EST. The blog post by Facebook was published at 1:31 PM PST, according to their servers. A brief delay like that (three minutes) means you can stay ahead of the curve and be the first to check out cool new Facebook features.
I wasn’t as conscious of Florida’s rainy weather until I activated this. Very simple and straightforward: whenever rainy conditions are forecasted for your ZIP code, you will receive an SMS alert that tells you of the conditions. You can choose between rain, snow, cloudy, and clear alert conditions.
As Facebook is a little more universal in comparison to Dropbox, this Recipe acts as nothing more than a great method of backup. When you are tagged in someone else’s photo on Facebook, they control the exposure. If it is deleted from their photos, it is deleted from any albums that you’ve placed it in via the tag. This Recipe ensures that any photos attached to your name will be saved and accessible to you through a folder in your Dropbox. Above is a screenshot of that, within Windows Explorer in Windows 7, where you can see that I’ve been tagged in a few app-generated images.
This is really great if you read your RSS feeds on the go. You’re able to read just an entry title or sentence, determine if it’s worth further involvement, star it, then keep it moving. There are a lot of RSS reader apps for desktops, tablets, and smartphones that support the Read It Later and Instapaper API functionality.
If you’re big on Google and Google Reader especially, you should know that there is a benefit to starring content. Google introduced a “sort by magic” algorithm within Reader that shows you the latest news most relevant to your most targeted interests. Being able to both star and send to Read It Later in a single action is a timesaver just as it is effective.
This is a must-have for any ifttt enthusiast. As the web app grows, additional Channels will be added for additional and deeper functionality. Most recently, Boxcar was added. Add this Recipe to your arsenal if you’re truly addicted to the ifttt platform and eager for updates.
Instagram is a great service for any photo junky, but the Facebook community is much more social and involved. This Recipe automates the process of sending your Instagram uploads right to a Facebook album so that your social circle can appreciate all of those photographs you snap.
Twitter is all about the right now, and this is a great way to automate the process of giving your favorite artists recognition on Twitter. Along with the track’s name, a link to the Last.fm song page and image of the album cover will be posted.
This is another great Recipe if you’re obsessed with backup like I am. Who knows when something horribly wrong is going to happen to your Twitter account? Aside from that, Evernote is a much more orderly storage container for all of your thoughts and happenings. Every tweet you send out on Twitter will be placed within a Note in Evernote.
This Recipe allows you to input any Craigslist URL (including parameters for certain search queries, etc.) that you’d like to watch for updates and Evernote will create an archive of everything new so that you don’t miss a thing. Images will be attached to each Note. Notes are automatically tagged so that things don’t get messy. Looking for a used iPhone on Craigslist? This can definitely help you.
Amazon’s Gold Box deals are the highest discounts you’ll see on a product on Amazon. Every day, a single Gold Box deal is released. You’ll receive one SMS per day by using this Recipe, and it’s worth it. If you’re more of the gamer type and don’t mind receiving up to 15 SMS messages per day, there is also a Recipe available to alert you when Steam games go on sale.
There are hundreds of useful ifttt Recipes that couldn’t make this list, but I’d love to hear your opinions and ideas for others in the comments!