FAVE HOW TO: 20 things you probably didn’t know you could do with Twitter that will change your life

I am officially hooked on ifttt. Thanks, Techcrunch.

Don’t get overwhelmed when you visit the site. It’s actually really easy. Trust me. If I can do it, you can do it.

What is ifttt? It essentially puts the internet to work for you by creating tasks that fit this simple structure: if this then that. You either create your own “recipe” or use one another user created. A recipe might be “if I post a video to YouTube then a link to the video should go to a Dropbox folder.” Yes, ifttt helps you do all this and more. Automated simplicity.

In order to make the fruits of your Twitter labors more productive you’ll need to do a few simple steps:
  • Sign up for ifttt beta;
  • Click the confirmation link sent to you via email; and
  • Begin the insanity (see below).

You can use any or all of these Twitter recipes to make your social experience even better. Just connect the services listed to your account and it’s on like Donkey Kong.

  1. Greet every new Twitter follower*
  2. Send all of your Twitter favorites to Evernote (LOVE!)
  3. Thank people who give you a #FF (followfriday) nod*
  4. Tweet “Happy New Year” at midnight
  5. Follow people back automatically when they follow you
  6. Thank you DM to new followers*
  7. Archive tweets to Google Calendar
  8. Post all photos shared via Twitter to Flickr
  9. Send a tweet to Pinterest
  10. Receive an SMS when someone DMs you
  11. Forward DMs to an email accout
  12. Send links you share via Twitter to Evernote
  13. Thank people for a RT*
  14. Send Last.FM update automatically to Twitter
  15. Send a Facebook status update to Twitter
  16. Receive a phone call when someone DMs you
  17. Have a DM sent to you if it’s raining (weather update)
  18. Send a tweet when you favorite a YouTube video
  19. Send tweets via Google Talk
  20. Create Twitter list from Twitter chat participants

* — Use these at your own risk and discretion. These are not tasks I would necessarily recommend as it takes away from the more “personal” side of networking.

Did you create an awesome recipe? Post in the comments.

Have a fave you think I should feature? Email me at prsarahevans [at] gmail [dot] com.

7 comments
BobInMotion
BobInMotion

Love this tool.  My best uses are setting up text message alerts for things I want to watch on Craigslist.  That way I don't need to be watching manually and often I see a new item before anyone else.

ohyesshecan
ohyesshecan

Hi Sarah. Just signed up for ifttt and created my first task - thanks for sharing this new tool! Quick question: Have you figured out a way to set more than one Twitter account to your ifttt account? Thanks, again

thelocaltourist
thelocaltourist

Thanks for the heads up Sarah! I saw you recommended this last week and I signed up immediately. I completely agree that some things shouldn't be automated, but there are several ways to use IFTTT that will definitely make my life easier. I especially like the connection with Evernote.

Thanks again, and Happy New Year!

MVNUSID
MVNUSID

Very imformative post...can't wait to check it out. Have a great New Year's, Sarah!!!

SavingLifestyle
SavingLifestyle

Very cool! I'm gonna check it out. You have listed several above that will help me be more productive!

crystallyn
crystallyn

I'll defnitely check out iftt but while some of these are wonderful (love the faves to EN), but automating things like hellos and thank yous on Twitter make me crazy. It takes away the essence of Twitter, IMHO, the direct connections you make with people. To me it smacks of lazy and that the person doesn't actually care enough about me to send me a real DM. And some of the DMs are so in-your-face with "buy my book/product" that I will often immediately un-friend. I don't think I'm the only one that feels this way, either!

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