10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life

Craig Snyder 05-11-2011

ifttt recipesWe’ve already introduced you to ifttt in a previous post If This Then That: Connect & Automate Any Two Of Your Favorite Web Apps Connect any two of your favorite web apps in creative ways. A sort of "digital duct tape" according to Linden Tibbets, the app's creator, If This Then That (ifttt) lets you find new uses for... Read More 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):

Receive An SMS Message Every Time Facebook Makes A Change

If your friends list is anything like mine, you will have noticed a huge response to the recent changes to Facebook How To Enable Facebook's New "Timeline" Profile Right Now Before Anyone Else Gets It Yesterday Facebook announced a host of new features in what was described by industry observers as the biggest shakeup in Facebook's history. Most of these changes are obviously due to the emerging and growing threat... Read More . 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 Facebook For iPad Is Finally Here Along With Some Other New Features [News] Facebook have finally released an update for their Facebook app and it is now officially iPad compatible. Facebook app for iOS has been around for ages, but strangely enough, it was never adjusted for the... Read More .

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.

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Receive An SMS Message When Rain Or Snow Is Coming

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.


Send Facebook Photos That You Are Tagged In To Dropbox

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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.

Send Starred Google Reader Entries To Read It Later

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 Manage Your Bookmarks & Reading List with Instapaper Read More 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.


Receive an Email when New ifttt Channels are Announced

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.

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Send Your Instagram Photos To A Facebook Album

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.

Post Your “Loved” Tracks To Twitter

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 song page and image of the album cover will be posted.


Create An Evernote Archive Of Your Tweets

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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.

Monitor New Craigslist Posts To 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.

Receive An SMS For Every Amazon Gold Box Deal

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.


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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!

Related topics: Computer Automation, IFTTT.

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  1. Will Radie
    November 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Love ifttt.. Using it to push links to FB from my blogs has never been easier.. WIsh it as instant and not on a 15 minute window, but I'm still plenty happy

  2. lerniversum
    November 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Even we are using it for our workshop organization by starting different triggers for each customer registration with I'm just still strugling with how to combine auto forwarded email with customized text and standard text. any recommendations here?

  3. Achraf52
    November 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Hi, just I posted as idea not looking for as I create everything I need, but as Twitter users were looking for how to receive their DM to SMS this would be really helpful .

  4. Achraf52
    November 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Receive SMS for every Twitter message private which has been waiting for .