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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 05:48pm on 26/11/2012 under
IFTTT is a service that automates actions on the internet. One can use or create recipes that follow the pattern “if this then that”, where this may be some sort of trigger or data retrieval, and that is an action, like posting on Twitter or sending an email.

https://ifttt.com/

A typical recipe may be triggered by a new post on one’s LiveJournal, and could then post the title and link to App.net. Or a recipe could be triggered by one being tagged in a photo on Facebook, with the action to save that photo to a folder in Dropbox. Or a recipe could be triggered at a certain time, or when one stars a story in Google Reader. There are lots of possibilities.

Most triggers are polled every fifteen minutes, but some are immediate (presumably where there is appropriate API support from the third-party sites).

Using a variety of site-specific triggers and actions, and the use of standard technologies, it is possible to build cross-site automation, even when a site doesn’t provide an API. For example, even though IFTTT doesn’t have specific channels for LiveJournal or for Google Plus, one could construct a recipe that checked LiveJournal for new posts (by checking a user’s Atom feed), and crosspost any new entries to Google Plus (by constructing an appropriately formatted email).

I had been intending to have a play with IFTTT when I first heard about it, but eventually got around to signing up yesterday; something to play with while [livejournal.com profile] kateaw watched the Strictly results programme.

It looks like they will be funding the service with premium features; will be interesting to see how it develops.
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