I’ve written about IFTTT.com before. It’s a wonderful tool to automate and track things that happen online by using triggers on different internet channels. In their own words, they are a service that lets you create powerful connections with a simple statement.
If this, then that. This little recipe, used on a variety of incoming and outgoing channels can create a very handy set of customized tools. Here are some of my recipes:
- The weather forecast is daily sent to my calendar
- Changes on my Wikipedia watch list are sent to my Evernote account
- When I tag something in Feedly, it creates a draft message in HootSuite
- When I publish a blog post, or make a status update on my Facebook page, a note is added to my publishing calendar.
- I can even send a text to IFTTT and have it record things I am tracking daily, like my weight or amount of exercise I’m getting.
- There’s no end to the number of cool automated actions you can take to keep your favorite online tools connected.
By having these channels automated and connected I feel that I have a better handle on the information flow in my life. I will write again soon about Evernote and how learning to use it a little better (and installing the mobile and desktop versions) has also been a life changer for me.
What I really want now is a way to connect a private online journal so that posts get posted to my diary calendar. I tried WordPress, but a private blog won’t work with IFTTT, Penzu doesn’t have an RSS feed that I could access, nor does 280daily.