A new site, If This Then That (https://ifttt.com), has begun to offer their beta version of an interesting service. IFTTT (pronounced “Gift” without the G) will do something (defined by you) when a web-based event (also defined by you) occurs. My first impression is that it’s a very high-level simple scripting language with hooks across the web and an easy-to-use graphical programming interface. The creator, Linden Tibbets, describes IFTTT.
IFTTT calls user-defined functions “Recipes”. The This part of a Recipe is a Trigger. Some example Triggers are “I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook” or “I check in on Foursquare.” Actions can be triggered by events within an impressive selection of domains (which IFTTT calls Channels): stocks, weather, ESPN, Craigslist, social networking sites, Twitter, Youtube . . . 44 in all.
In a few seconds I created a recipe that sends my cell phone a text message when it’s raining in my zip code. They suggest a recipe that will send me a text message when tomorrow’s forecast calls for rain, which is probably more sensible. Another recipe that interests me is “Email me when a new version of WordPress is released”.
For a beta product, IFTTT looks very polished. Its account creation process was painless and creating a recipe was easy. Give it a try.
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