I was going to write abut something else this morning, but as I was browsing my Google Reader (you should add your favorite blog’s RSS feeds to your Google Reader btw) I came across a post on productivity.
At the end of the blog post, the writer mentioned IFTTT. It is a new web app, and the name stands for (IF THIS THEN THAT).
Basically this new web service lets you create a task in one web app, that is triggered by an action happening in another. You can link most of your favorite web apps to create customized integration.
Does that make sense?
This service can be a bit much to get into, but it is really simple at it’s core. You create custom tasks that are triggered by a conditional statement (the pillar of programming). So basically, you can create a task like this: IF “something happens” THEN “do this”.
For example: If I am tagged in a post in Facebook, then download that pic to my Dropbox. That is an example of a task that someone has already created on this service.
That is the key to this site. You don’t have to rely on thinking up your own tasks, because there is a growing user base that is constantly adding their own. As more people use this web app, it will become more useful!
This post on Lifehacker breaks down how If This Then That works, as well as how to set up your own task.
You can also checkout the IFTTT site yourself, at this link: http://ifttt.com/