Is it Possible to Automate Internet Services?
The internet is a wonderful thing chock-full of fun and useful experiences, but it can also complicate our lives. This situation lets us wonder if is it possible de automate internet services?
With so many websites and apps in the world, you’ve probably experienced difficulty in managing them or even completing basic tasks.
Luckily for you, there’s a single web tool available that acts as an ultimate automation service for all your internet-connected things.
It’s called IFTTT. It’s free and super easy to use.
IFTTT is the freeway to get all your apps and devices talking to each other. It derives its name from the programming conditional statement “If This, Then That.”
You pronounce IFTTT like “gift” but without the “g”.
IFTTT is both a website and a mobile app. The free service launched in 2010 with the following slogan: “Put the Internet to work for you”.
Currently, with IFTTT, you can connect your “services” together so that tasks are automatically completed, and the resulting combinations are called “Applets”.
What are Applets?
Applets are sort of like macros that connect multiple apps to run automated tasks.
They essentially automate your daily workflow, whether it’s managing smart home devices or apps and websites.
Here are a few examples from among many possibilities:
- If I post an image on Instagram, save the file to Dropbox.
- If I star a message in Gmail, save it in Evernote.
- If a motion is detected in my home when I’m away, send a text alert.
Note: Applets were once called “recipes.”
How does IFTTT work?
As said before, IFTTT calls each interaction between services an Applet. Each Applet links two services. One provides the Trigger and the other the Action.
You can also create your own applets, or make variations of existing ones via IFTTT’s user-friendly, straightforward and simple interface.
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