In my last post I wrote about how to use Feedly to keep your subject knowledge up to date. Feedly and similar services become much more powerful when you link them together with IFTTT. IFTTT has a number of triggers which can happen on any of the sites it supports. You can then assign an action that will happen after a trigger. To make the system even more powerful, there are Android and iOS apps that have their own actions too (although the iOS app lacks some of the more useful features of the Android one).
So how do I use IFTTT?
I mentioned Feedly last week and I have several recipes (triggers and actions) associated with Feedly
When I mark an article as “save for later” from the iPad app, the two recipes above will save the article into Pocket and add a bookmark to my delicious account. If you have a client that lets you add Feedly tags (for example the website client) you can have separate tags that save to Evernote (my saved for later tags go here too) or Microsoft OneNote. You can even send files to cloud storage like One Drive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
There is more to IFTTT than using just with Feedly. I make extensive use of the Twitter favorites feature to bookmark favourites and save them to a Google Drive spreadsheet. With the Android app I can save my text messages and call log to (separate) Google Drive spreadsheets which act as a cloud based backup of my texts.
Bloggers can use IFTTT to automatically tweet their new posts or cross-post between services (IFTTT can move content to and from WordPress too).
There are thousands of possible combinations and more services are being added all the time. Check out the recipes section of the IFTTT website to see what is possible.
Do you have a favourite IFTTT recipe? Why not comment so other readers of the blog can make use of it too!