If you haven’t heard of If This Then That (IFTTT) then you really are missing out!
It is a fantastic free tool that allows you to connect other web services together.
For example you can automatically save photos you get tagged in on Facebook to dropbox and so forth.
What You Will Learn
- What IFTTT is & why it is amazing!
- How to set it up & use it
- How to get more done in less time
- How I use it to create content & manage the blog behind the scenes
- A stack of other juicy IFTTT hints & tips
This is one of the best free tools on the market that is really easy to use but super powerful at the same time!
Hi guys Matthew Woodward here and today I’m going to show you the free If This Then That service and why it is absolutely amazing. I’ll take you through it all including how to set it up and use it so you can get more done in less time.
I’ll also let you get a sneak peak of how I use it behind the scenes to manage the blog and create content.
And I’m even going to step outside of the box and show you some other juicy If This Then That hints and tips!
Are you ready? Then let’s go!
If This Then That is a really simple but powerful service that allows you to connect all sorts of different channels.
So to give you a real example of how it works I’m going to show you some of the more popular recipes. For example when a Facebook profile picture changes update the Twitter profile picture.
Every time you’re tagged in something on Facebook, save it to Dropbox.
And we can have a look at some more, every time you star something in Google reader create a note in Evernote.
Every time an RSS update happens, tweet about it. And you can see there are lots of different recipes here that people have already created and you can combine any of the services to make your own.
If This Then That is actually compatible with a huge range of services here. You’ve got everything like Facebook, Evernote, Gmail, RSS feed, readability – all you have to do is create an account then you can start creating your own recipes.
So to create an account just come up to join here and fill out your details and I’m going to login and pause the video.
So this is the main dashboard when you login and you can see here I’ve got 24 recipes for various tasks and I’m going to show you those a little bit later on.
But first of all let’s take a look at creating our own recipe. So if you click create a recipe we can say if this happen and pick from any one of these services. So let’s go with something simple let’s say that every week you have a certain task that you like to perform.
Here you can say every weekday, so every Monday at 9am I want you to create a note in Evernote and I might say the title – reply to social media messages. Then in the body I can say Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Google+.
Now I use TheSecretWeapon as my getting things done organisation system so this will probably make a bit more sense to you but that notebook is going to Action Pending with the tags, 1-Now, MatthewWoodward which is a project, @work and then create action, add a description – Social media reminder, create recipe.
So now every Monday at 9am a new note will appear in Evernote reminding me to reply to all my social media messages and you know creating recipes is really easy it is always this interface.
First pick the first service and the various triggers that offers you know RSS feed and then you pick your second one.
So that’s how you create your own recipes it’s really really simple. But let’s take a look at some of the recipes I use and how I use them to automate tasks on my blog and help with content creation.
So first of all let’s take a look at how I use the service to create the income report roundup post every month.
This is just a list of blogs and how much they earnt with a few notes about how they did it. And if you look at If This Then That you can see I’ve got all of these recipes setup which basically once they publishing their income report it gets added to Evernote.
So let’s have a look at this in a bit more detail. So this says if the new RSS feed item matches income report then append to a note in evernote.
And you can see here the trigger item is if it matches income report from that feed append to the note Truevalhala.com with all the information there.
So let’s take a look at what that actually looks like in Evernote and you can see here there are already 5 income reports published so when I come to writing the post I don’t need to find the post, I have all the information here and all the earnings numbers and how they did.
It just makes it really quick and easy to put the income report roundup post together. So that’s one way that I use it.
Another one of the posts that I publish is the What I Have Read This Month post which is just a collection of all of my favourite posts throughout the month and the way I go about this is first of all I have lots of RSS subscriptions setup in Google reader for various sites and then I use If This Then That to create this recipe so every item I star in Google Reader gets added to Evernote.
And down here you can see it pulls in the URL, the content and adds it to the reading list notebook. So if we jump to Evernote you can see a list of articles here that are in my reading list and I also use the Firefox plugin so when there is something that I want to add when I’m browsing I come up here, click the Evernote button and that will go straight into my reading list there.
So that’s how I use it to create those posts.
I also use it to help me keep on top of my editorial calendar which you can see here this is just a Google calendar imported into my email client mapping out the posts that I want to create that month.
So if we look at If This Then That you can see that I have created this recipe here that says if any event starts on editorial then create a note in Evernote and that just creates it in the action pending notebook, @work, with the Matthew Woodward project tag and Now so that I know tha at it needs to be done now.
And as you can see in Evernote here, here is a note telling me to publish the post and when to do it along with a link to any notes that I added when I created the calendar event.
So that’s how I use it to manage the blog and editorial calendar.
So I’m hoping your starting to see just how useful this really is. The limit really is your own imagination with this I mean let’s take a look at creating a recipe for backing up our blog posts.
If this, pick an RSS feed is updated here’s the feed url, then create a new note in evernote with all of the information and add it to the blog backup notebook.
Create the action, call it blog backup and every time the blog is updated it copy’s the post straight into evernote so you’ve got an instant back up of it.
And you know you can do the same here for your tweets, you can use it to back straight up to dropbox and it would create a text file with the information instead.
You could also use it to do things like; let’s take a look what have we go. Stock prices, if a certain stock price rises above let’s say 1,000 then you may want it to send you a text message for example or to send you an instant message on Google talk to alert you of the stock price.
The limit, there’s no limit really with this tool what so ever. And we’ve only got to come back here and browse the other recipes that other people have created you can see the diverse range of functions that this has.
I mean look here, save your tweets to a Google drive spread sheet that’s really handy for backing things up.
Star a Google reader article and send it to Read Later. There really is just endless possibilities of what you can do with this.
So that is If This Then That which is a completely free service that is easy to use and really powerful.
I recommend you get creative with your own recipes from getting weather updates all the way through to automating your home with WeMo!
Resources In The Video
IFTTT.com – Create your free account now!
The Secret Weapon – The Getting Things Done system I use and mention briefly in the video.