Tuesday, January 10, 2012

6 Great IFTTT Recipes

Most of you probably know about IFTTT already and from the looks of it, many users have started implementing it in their daily life. For the uninitiated, IFTTT (If This Then That) is a free service that lets you integrate 2 different services to automate various tasks. For example, you can make IFTTT automatically add all the links on your Twitter timeline to Instapaper or Read it Later so that you don’t have to. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at 6 incredibly useful IFTTT combinations aka recipes.

While you can easily combine any two services on IFTTT and get your job done, there are quite a few ingenious combinations available ready-made. I’ve picked up some really good ones from for the purposes of this list.

1. Backup Facebook Photos to Dropbox

While you can update your photos on Facebook; it’s always nice to have a personal backup that you can look through even when you are offline. This is where Dropbox comes in. Using this particular recipe will ensure that any photo that you may have uploaded onto Facebook is automatically pushed to a pre-designated location on your Dropbox. 

If you are also looking to save your tagged photos on Facebook, this recipe will come in handy.

2. Favorite Tweet => Instapaper

While it’s difficult to follow up on all the links on your Twitter timeline, you’ll always have that one article you want to read, but can’t. This is where a service like Instapaper comes in. Using this recipe, you can automatically push all your favorited tweets to Instapaper so that you can peacefully read all those articles whenever you want.

Read it Later users can make use of this recipe for the same functionality.

3. Find My Phone! [US Only]

Losing your phone somewhere in the house is very common problem and it becomes difficult when you don’t have a second phone from where you can call it up. With this IFTTT recipe, all you need to do is send an email with #lostphone to a particular address for a ring back in seconds. Sadly, any recipe involving phone calls work only inside the US for now.

4. Rain Forecast on SMS

IFTTT is a Godsend for those without a smartphone. You can easily receive notifications from all of your favorite services and even interact with them with just a text message. This particular recipe warns you if it’s going to rain in your location. I use a smartphone and I still find it pretty useful!

5. Email Attachment to Dropbox

This is for those who are stuck with corporate email accounts with very little/no space for email attachment. With this particular recipe, you can push all of your attachments to Dropbox, eliminating the need to archive them manually.

6. Send Link to Phone via GTalk

In spite of all the awesome web services that we have today, sending a link to your phone doesn’t seem all that intuitive. With this IFTTT recipe, it is. After you activate this recipe for your account, you’ll have to add the IFTTT bot to your Google Talk friend list. After you’ve activate both the channels, you can ping the bot with the link whenever you are trying to send it to the phone and you’ll receive a text message almost instantly. Unlike phone calls, this service works globally.

That’s it from me. If you are already using IFTTT, why don’t you leave a comment below mentioning the combos that you use often?