If This Then That popularly known as IFTTT (pronounced like gift without the g sound) is a popular web service that has been around since 2011. The tool has been making headlines recently with a name change to IF and has released a new set of apps called Do that should help users cook up some useful action items on their mobile to automate tasks. For anyone who has not used the service, this is a great opportunity to check out how you can use IFTTT Do Apps to make the internet work for you.
How IFTTT Works
IFTTT works on a very simple premise. You connect two or more apps to perform certain activities for you using triggers. You tell the tool that if a particular activity happens, it should perform another action. For instance, if you are a blogger, you may create a recipe that tells IFTTT that if a blog post is published, then a tweet needs to be sent out to your followers. You do this by adding your RSS feed details to the IFTTT’s RSS app and then connecting and configuring it to your IFTTT Twitter app.
That’s just a simple example of how you can use IFTTT to your advantage. Other things you can do with IFTTT include saving images captured on Instagram to your cloud service, getting job opening reminders on your iPhone from your LinkedIn account, saving popular stories from various apps to Instapaper or Pocket, emailing yourself a summary of the top movie and entertainment news, and even controlling the lights in your home from anywhere.
The power of IFTTT and its creative usage is simply incredible but not everyone is a fan of “creating recipes” in today’s “one-click” world. That’s why the developers have improvised their services by introducing a new class of apps called Do; Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note for iOS and Android devices.
The Big 3 IFTTT Do Apps
The Do button lets you create a personalized button to trigger various activities at a tap of your smartphone. You can create and add up to 3 recipes at a time and swipe across the screen to switch between them. The app features plenty of cool collections (Essentials, Home, Work, Play, Families) that you can use to quickly set up your Do button. There are also recommended recipes that pretty much sets up the recipe for you; all you need to do is activate or log in to the apps with your credentials and you’re all set.
The Do Camera button lets you do more with your photos; connect your camera to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Dropbox or other channels to instantly share them with the world, capture photos of receipts and other documents from your mobile and save them on Dropbox, Evernote and other apps and so on.
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Create your own personal notepad and instantly share the stuff on Evernote, create events on Google Calendar, post messages on social networks, save grocery lists, add chores to your To Do app and use voice commands to activate triggers with Do Note.
If you liked the web version of IFTTT, you will certainly love what these three IFTTT Do apps can do and how they make task automation a breeze. At the moment, the apps only let you add 3 tasks to a button, but we hope there will be more flexibility in how many shortcuts we can have.
If you want to use IFTTT Do Apps, sign up for a free account at ifttt.com, make the Internet work for you and enjoy simplifying your life.
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