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The world is becoming increasingly connected, especially when you look at all the different apps on your device and computer. The problem for some though is that all these apps simply aren’t connected enough, and it takes time to share information across devices or services. One tool that may help, while also helping increase productivity is If This Then That (IFTTT).
IFTTT is a Web and mobile app that was developed to connect different Web apps like Google Apps, DropBox, Facebook, Instagram, etc, together into one general system. In general, the service runs on conditional statements – or recipes – that fit the IFTTT statement.
The service is set up on a number of different conditional statements that make up what the developers of the app call a recipe. Each recipe is broken down into two different sections:
Once you have set up a number of recipes, the app runs in the background to check for triggers and then will automatically execute the action when it notices a trigger.
There are a wide variety of recipes out there that you can create. For example, some of the more useful IFTTT recipes for businesses include:
There are a wide variety of supported apps that allow you to create recipes for nearly anything you can think of. The developers are constantly adding support for new channels (apps), including many from the Internet of Things.
Because you can access IFTTT from the Web and via an app on your mobile device, we recommend first thinking about how you are going to use it. If you are going to be using recipes for your mobile device, then we recommend downloading the app onto your device. Regardless of how you are going to use it, you can create an account by:
From there, you will be able to log in and start creating rules. If you do want to use your mobile device, you should then download the free app for your device – Windows Phone, Android, iPhone – and then log in using the account information you just created. When you first log in you should see a number of channels (apps) related to your system have been activated. This means you can now start creating recipes.
You can also click Browse from the menu bar at the top to find and activate already created recipes.
If you are looking for a cool way to connect different apps, and even save yourself time, then this could be something worth looking into. And, if you are looking to learn more about how you can increase your productivity, contact us today to see how our systems can help.
Published on 17th June 2014 by Jeanne DeWitt.