Recently a Facebook friend posted about a new service out there called “If This Then That“. I was checking Facebook during a break in my Android developer class at Columbus State. When we came back to class, I told the instructor about this new site since we had just been talking about how to write an Android app to update a user’s Facebook status from a smartphone text message. My instructor immediately went to ifttt.com and registered and we started playing. Suffice it to say that this site is really cool.
The site defines itself thus:
“Think of all the things you could do if you were able to define any task as: when something happens (this) then do something else (that). ”
The cool thing is that the “this” and “that” are triggers or actions on some of the most commonly used social network sites on the net. This or That can come from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text messages, etc. (Here is a link to the available channels.) So with ifttt you can send your friends a text message when someone tags you on a Facebook photo. Think of the possibilities when you can use a trigger on one platform to cause something to happen on another. The combinations of uses of this is extraordinary! This certainly deserves some more exploration and (fun) testing!