TechSpot: Automate the Web Using IFTTT

A relatively new web service, IFTTT (If This Then That) lets you automate tasks between other popular services such as Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Facebook, Instapaper, and many others. IFTTT works by telling it what task you want carried out, what will trigger this task, and it will put it into action for you.

A common example would be to have your Instagram pictures automatically backed up on your Dropbox or Box account. Certainly useful, but there's also more specific things you can do with it. For example, say I want to keep up with how a certain country is doing in the London 2012 Olympics.

First, enable the ESPN channel, choose the “new Olympic medal by country” trigger, and then select whether you'd like to be alerted via email, sms, tweet this information for you, among many other options.

Read: Automate the Web Using IFTTT: Useful Recipes to Get You Started

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I tried it, but then realized the horrors if someone would somehow hack my account, or if the website would be hacked. The horrors! So I stopped using it. It's a nice tool and an interesting idea if you have a "complex" online life, but what worked better for me was to simply make my life online less complex so I didn't need a tool like this.

Since I stopped using this, I've realized that Facebook isn't Twitter and is often not used exactly the same way (I feel there's a subtle difference in mentality), and I think my friends appreciate it more if I simply don't just cross-post. I also no longer auto-post my blog to Facebook since I want to add a short description of the blog post instead of just an auto-posted and unfriendly URL.

I try to keep in mind that social networks are about human interactions, where auto-posts can feel "pushy".

If [Neowin] (Someone trolls a useful article), then (Delete their post).

This would be useful, but does this mean that we can eventually integrate this with not just services but code within websites too?

I know most languages have an if else function, however to automatically link with sites, would be good, save on the scripts?