So much of the Internet is geared to making our day-to-day lives easier. Services like Google Docs, Dropbox, email, instant messaging, and RSS feeds offer a simpler, more manageable Internet. The type of Internet that just works.
There are ample amounts of apps to help you get work done, but none that I’ve encountered quite like IFTTT (If This Then That).
In fact, the app’s slogan is, “Put the Internet to work for you.”
To sum it up, IFTTT lets you create circumstantial shortcuts. If I do this, or, if this happens—do this. These combinations are called “recipes,” and they can make a world of difference when you’re creating shortcuts online.
Of the two recipes pictured, I want to talk more about the one labeled “Save all Instagram photos to Dropbox.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, but to sum it up, this recipe saves your Instagram photos to a special folder in your Dropbox account. Best of all, the photos save as JPEG files. In the standard native app for iOS and Android, sharing the photo only offers you the web link. This is a web page that doesn’t allow you to right-click on the photo to save it. Rather, you have to view the source code, find the “.jpg” URL, open that link in a new tab and save the image to your computer’s hard drive.
Sounds complicated, right?
The Instagram photos to Dropbox recipe saves you a lot of time in the long run. You don’t have to email photos to yourself and go through the steps I outlined above. All that work is done for you with literally no effort on your part.
Please let me know what you think of IFTTT. Current users, please leave a comment on this blog post explaining your favorite recipe. New users, if you join the service, please send me a tweet, email or comment on this blog post with your feedback.
Put the Internet to work with IFTTT. I promise it will simplify your life and take the hassle out of a lot of your daily web activities.