Funny Ways to Automate Facebook Posts With IFTTT
Have your Facebooks posts become so infrequent that your friends are wondering whether you’ve moved to Mars? Do you want to appear more active on the social network, without actually taking the time to write new posts?
You’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered some of best IFTTT recipes that post to your Facebook account automatically. All of these are practical. Some can even become hysterical.
What is IFTTT?
Before getting started, let’s summarize what IFTTT, or “If This Then That” can do. The free service allows everyday users to create chains of statements, called “recipes,” which are triggered based on changes to other Web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Available on the web and through apps, IFTTT works with many smart products including ones from Fitbit, Philips, Withings, and more.
How to Do It
In this post, you’ll be adding new and existing recipes to your IFTTT account. To get started, you’ll need to sign up for a free IFTTT account through the company’s website or via iTunes of Google Play the IF app for iOS and Android.
The ideal way to add or create an IFTTT recipe is by using the IF app. Most likely, the recipe you’re looking for has already been added. If not, creating a new recipe is relatively straightforward.
To find a recipe, go into the IF app and select the recipe icon at the top right of the screen. Next to “My Recipes” select the “+” button. This action brings up the “Suggested Services” screen. Find the service you’d like to use. If you haven’t yet connected a service to IFTTT, you’ll need to do so by clicking on the service’s link and then selecting Connect and follow any additional instructions. (You’re often asked to validate using your credentials for the smart product.)
Once connected, you’ll see a list of “Popular Recipes” that use the service you just added. You can also select recipes from the “Recommended” and “Collections” tabs, or by using the “Search” icon at the top right of the screen.
To create a new recipe, go into the IF app and select the recipe icon at the top right of the screen. Then next to “My Recipes” select the “+” button, which brings up the “Suggested Services” screen. Select Create a recipe at the bottom of the screen.
From here you’ll create an IF/Then statement. Click the “+” after “If” and then select a service.
For example, select Date & Time under “Suggested Services.” On the next screen, tap Create a recipe. Under “Choose a Trigger,” select “Every day at.” Pick 9 a.m, and then “Next.” Now, select “+” after “Then” and select a service. Choose Facebook. Under “Choose an Action,” select “Create a status message.”
On this next page, add text to the “status message” box and then select “Next.”
You’ll now see a summary for the recipe you’ve just created. In this case, you’ll see If every day at 9 a.m., then create a status message on (Your Name) timeline.” Schedule the recipe by hitting “Finish.”
Now it’s time to add some Facebook status recipes.
Get Fit or Laugh Trying
Are you tired of Facebook friends who boast about their latest 5K triumph? Do you need a little motivation to stick to your exercise or sleeping plan? The following IFTTT recipes will do the trick.
For Fitbit Users
With the recipe “Daily Step Goal Achieved,” your friends will know when it’s time to celebrate with you. Conversely, “If goal not achieved, tell your friends for motivation” may help you cross the finish line. This recipe alerts your friends when an individual goal isn’t reached by a particular time during the day.
Are you not a morning person? Try “If goal not achieved, tell your friends for motivation.” With this recipe, whenever you sleep for less than a certain number of hours, you can warn your friends that you’re going to be cranky today.
With these Fitbit-based recipes , you can add personalized messages to make them more unique.
For example, with “Daily Step Goal Achieve,” you could add “I’m the boss” or “I rule” to the message. When “If goal not achieved, tell your friends for motivation” occurs, you could add “It was a bad day” or “Don’t hate me” to the message. Add “I need caffeine” when you didn’t get enough sleep.
Be creative, the choice is yours.
Other Fitness Tracker Options
Do you use a Misfit tracker? Try the recipe “If you achieve your daily goal then post a celebratory message on Facebook.”
How about a Jawbone UP? Use “Post your Jawbone UP activity to Facebook in a graphical way. (target is 10,000 steps)” or “Tell my friends when I haven’t worked out for a week. Nothing like shame as a motivator!”
Thanks to your smartphone’s GPS capabilities, IFTTT always knows where you are. Use this information to send a status message automatically.
Here’s one of our favorites: “Let your friends know you’re back in town.” With this recipe, whenever you return to a precise location (within the limits of a city, perhaps), your friends will know.
Go to Starbucks often? “Share Dumb Starbucks Photo When You Connect to Starbucks WiFi” is a great recipe to have and a funny one too.
Do you want something even funnier? Create a Facebook recipe that alerts your friends each time you’ve arrived at your favorite bar or coffee house that includes the comment “I’ve decided on a liquid diet today.”
You can also make Facebook status messages that trigger at certain times of the day or year. For example, you could add “If it’s 6 AM in the morning! then create a Good morning greetings on Facebook!” to wish your friends a great new work day.
“Wish everyone a Happy New Year!” and “Celebrate the 4th of July with your Facebook friends” happen just once a year.
Odds and Ends
There are other Facebook-related recipes to try that don’t fit into a category. Among our favorites:
Whenever your Android phone battery jumps to below 15 percent, alert your friends with “If battery almost dead, post to Facebook.” Add a colorful message like “Oh my god my phone is about to die!? What do I do!??”
With “If new track added to a playlist, then post a status update to Facebook,” everyone will always know about the Spotify tunes that interest you. “Update your Facebook status with the songs you’re listening to on Echo” does the same for Amazon Echo users.
Love wintertime? “If snow is forecast tomorrow, create a status telling everyone that snow is forecast!” is the recipe for you.
Do you have a sweet tooth? With “Post a Facebook status message anytime someone reaches for the cookie jar” you can admit every time you broke down and ate a snack. This recipe works with a WeMo motion detector .
IFTTT is a great tool to post automatic messages to your Facebook account. These can take many forms, including those triggered by your exercise routine, the time of day, or your location. Each is simple to add. The biggest hurdle is deciding which ones to use.
What recipes do you like to use for Facebook?