How many hours do you spend daily on online activities such as checking email inbox, tweeting, and sharing stuff on social media? Even though those activities are necessary, sometimes it becomes a distraction for our main tasks. Have you ever tried to automate these tasks to reduce time waste?
IFTTT is the best service available currently for automating such tasks. IFTTT has number of channels which triggers on certain conditions and executes a specified action on other channels. You can automate most time consuming tasks by using IFTTT recipes. It provides almost 46 popular channels and rising every day.
Channels for IFTTT Recipes
In this roundup I am going to provide 20 Cool automations, which are known as recipes created by people around the world. Hope you enjoy.
1. Thanks for following!
Every blog owner knows the importance of a new follower for your Twitter page. This recipe can be used to thank the new followers using a tweet and let them know that they are important for the site.
Created By mhartshorn
2. Tweet whenever I post a link on Facebook
Recipe that can be used to automate the tweeting process based on your Facebook page update.
Created By bombernitros
3. Gmail notification of new email
Get SMS updates on email based on certain search criteria. You can use is:unread to get SMS updates on every new email. Great to have feature, when you don’t have an internet connection available.
Created By jagfun
4. Get an SMS alert before any event starts on your Google Calendar
This recipe lets you receive SMS alerts just before an event starts on your Google Calendar. Excellent solution for situations, where you don’t have internet access.
Created By linden
5. Any time you add a new WordPress post it updates your Facebook fan page, giving post title and link
Facebook fan page very important for webmaster as your RSS feed. Every time a post is updated, Facebook fans should be notified via the fan page update. This recipe lets you automate the posting on Facebook page based on WordPress post update.
Created By clavejones
6. Download file from gmail
Send an email containing a link of file to be downloaded with specific a keyword for downloading purposes and get the file downloaded automatically to your Dropbox account. Use “downloadthis” as the subject and link as the body. No other content like signatures should be included.
Created By darkmyth
7. Place new followers in “new followers” Twitter list. You can organize them later.
Every day we might get followers to our Twitter account. It is not always possible to check about new followers whenever they follow you. It’s important to know about these new followers since they might be your future clients. So this recipe can be used to add every new follower to a Twitter list. Then you can organize them later and clear the list accordingly.
Created By glirette
8. Create Twitter list from Twitter hashtag participants
This recipe can be used when you want to find users who talks about specific topics. Define a hashtag (#1stWD) and whenever someone tweets with this hashtag, user will be added to your Twitter list.
Created By biotimylated
9. Backup Pinterest to Dropbox
Once you provide the RSS feed url of your Pinterest account, IFTTT will automatically download the images of the pins when a new item is added to the RSS feed.
Created By thechristopherbruce
10. Note down ideas in Evernote from Gtalk
Send a chat message using Gtalk with a specific tag and create a note in Evernote. First you have to add email@example.com to your chat list and activate using a pin. Then every time you send a chat message with specific tag, a note will be created.
Created By dewang
11. Twitter search to mail
You can define a search text and send all the tweets that match the search criteria directly into your email inbox. Saves lot of time in researching for specific topic. Use with caution since it might generate large number of mails to your inbox in few minutes.
Created By peteryde
12. Tweets from a user to an email
Generally all users follow number of people. It’s not practical to read every tweet by your followers. Sometimes we like tweets from specific users and we want to follow all the tweets created by them. In such case we can use this recipe to watch tweets from specific username and send it to your email.
Created By dubukat
13. Schedule Tweets using Google Calendar
Tweets can be scheduled to publish at certain times. This will reduce the overhead of logging into account every time you need to tweet. Create events in Google Calendar using specific keyword (ex ScheduleTweet) and IFTTT will automatically publish the tweet when the calendar event occurs.
14. Send links tagged with #db to be saved to Dropbox
Send a link of the file to be downloaded to firstname.lastname@example.org with a specific tag and get the file downloaded automatically to your Dropbox account.
Created By steveedson
15. Adds new calendar entries from new emails matching search criteria
Define a search criterion for incoming mails which needs to be added to calendar. You can define subject as newevent and put as search criteria. When a new email with subject containing newevent comes in, the body content will be added as a Google Calendar event.
Created By rs666
16. New tweet by you ➪ update bio
Your Twitter bio message will be set to the latest tweet whenever you create a new tweet on your account.
Created By alexander
17. Save Favorite Tweets in a single Evernote
Tweets marked as favorite will be added to single note in a given notebook with specified tags.
Created By stevepaulo
18. Tweet via Google Talk
Send a chat message to email@example.com with a specific tag and post a tweet on your Twitter account automatically.
Created By marshall24
19. Add events to Google Calendar via Google Talk
Send a chat message to firstname.lastname@example.org with a #cal in your message and create Google Calendar event automatically.
Created By marshall24
20. When Updating WordPress, Update LinkedIn
This recipe can be used to update your LinkedIn profile with the latest blog posts from the site.
Created By jonfinnangelo
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