Today, the ‘Internet glue’ service IFTTT gets a fresh set of Twitter triggers that allow users to build recipes that react to tweets, favorites, retweets and more. This enables users to return to archiving tweets to Dropbox, saving links and images, building lists off of favs and much mo..
This is good news. I’ve written about IFTTT before, describing it as ”a simple tool that let’s you tell the internet ‘If this happens, then make that happen.’” And that’s exactly what it is.
You may have noticed that when you use Twitter, you’ll see people posting from Instagram but you won’t actually see those pictures unless you click on the link and go to Instagram. I hate this, so I use a recipe that lets me tag my Instagram pictures with “pic” and this creates a Tweet with the photo inline. For example:
Some other recipes I find useful are automatically downloading photos of me on Facebook, sharing bookmarks from my Pinboard account to Tumblr, and having an archive of my Foursquare check-ins.
With Twitter back, I have a bunch of new recipes turned on. If you’ve ever tried finding an old tweet or a favourite on Twitter, you’ll know their search still kind of sucks, and you can’t find anything past a few weeks ago with ease. So now I’m saving everything I can into a text document in my Dropbox account, creating an easily searchable archive of my Twitter activity. There’s probably other uses I’ll discover, too.
If you’ve ever wished you could have different internet services work well with each other, I’d highly suggest IFTTT. At the very least, fix those Instagram photos you keep tweeting. It’s really annoying.