ifttt (“if this then that”) is an online service which makes the internet work at your place. The motto of ifft is “Put the internet to work for you.”, which is really what it does.
All you need to do is create your personal account and start creating tasks that will be executed automatically for you. And the best about the whole thing is that it is completely FREE!
The channels represent the “this” and “that” part of ifttt. For the “this” part you will have to choose a trigger belonging to the corresponding channel, while for the “that” part you will have to choose an action.
For example, as you can see in the picture attached to this post, I defined a task that creates a new tweet on my Twitter account for every new blog post that I publish. To do this I assigned the WordPress channel to the “this” part and chose the trigger “Any new post”. Then I assigned the Twitter channel to the “that” part and chose the “Post a new tweet” action. Finally, I gave the task a name and saved it, and now ifft checks every 15 minutes if I posted a new blog post. If this is the case, then it automatically tweets it on my Twitter account, else nothing is done.
The possibilities are nearly infinite and if you don’t want to, you don’t even have to bother about creating your tasks: You can simply pick up an existing recipe, configure it with your data and that’s it!
If used correctly, ifttt can become your best friend for many different applications, both for private and work life: Autoposter for social networks, todo list, birthday reminder, meteo service, archive, … You can make it do (nearly) everything for you!