6 IFTTT Recipes To Save Time and Increase Effectiveness on Social Media

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As you know, social media management can eat up a big chunk of your business day even when you are mindful of your time.  So when there are tools available to help save you time, why wouldn’t you use them?

Here are 6 IFTTT recipes that will save time and increase your effectiveness on social media. They are very easy to set-up. (For more information on IFTTT see this article: IFTTT – Possibly My Favorite New Toy)

Images

When you post an image on Instagram, you can hit the Twitter share button to send it to Twitter. Doing it from the app causes it to appear as a link on Twitter and not an image. A better way to do this is to use the follwoing recipe that allows the image to appear as native on Twitter.  True images get more engagement.

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Because some folks are noticing that some of their Instagram images are disappearing and some social media accounts are being hacked, it’s a good idea to keep a back-up of your Instagram images. If you use Dropbox, you can use this recipe to automatically save any image that you post to Instagram into your Dropbox. (Find that recipe here.) picture of recipe for IFTTT instagram to Dropbox

 

Automated Twitter List Building

Frankly, I think Twitter lists are a necessary evil.  They are time-consuming but necessary in order to quiet a lot of the noise on Twitter.  Here are 3 automated ways to build your lists.

The first is to build a Twitter list from a specific hashtag.  So for instance, let’s say that you are a participant in a weekly chat. You could use that hashtag (ex. #BufferChat) to build a list of all its participants.  You could also build a list of those attending a certain event by utilizing the event hashtag to build it.  (You can use this recipe more than once and you can find it here.)

 

 

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You could also build a list of people whose tweets you have favorited.  When I find someone that I want to remember but don’t have time right at that moment to add them to a particular list, I just favorite one of their tweets. This adds them to the “Tweets I’ve Favorited” list so that I can go back later and place them into a more suitable list. (Here’s the recipe for this action.)

picture of the recipe for adding a person to a lists of favorites

Another way to create a Twitter list is by adding users who @mention you.  If they have taken the time to mention you, you’ll want to keep them on your radar as a possible connection or conversation. (You’ll find this one here.)picture of recipe for add people who mention you to a Twitter list

Curating Content

Pocket is a great place to store articles to read later or to share with your audience.  This recipe will send the articles that you favorite on Pocket straight to Buffer to be sent to your social media platforms at an optimal time.  This is a huge time-saver! (There is a Chrome extension for Pocket so that whenever you find an article of interest on the web, you can save it in your Pocket. If you use Feedly to curate your content, you can send to Pocket from there, as well.) Here’s the recipe to do this.

IFTTT pocket fav to bufferThese are my favorites for use on social media. Do you have any favs of your own?  I’d love to hear about them.

The Do Apps: Recipes To Save Time and Increase Productivity on Social Media

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I love IFTTT (If This, Then That) and use its recipes frequently as a way to fit some short-cuts into my social media tasks.  Because I recently changed my Instagram password, I found the need to visit the site and reconnect Instagram to one of my recipes.  When I arrived on the site, I noticed the 3 new Do buttons.  I had heard of them before, but I didn’t know they were affiliated with IFTTT,

IFTTT is a service that specializes in creating innovative solutions that it calls Recipes. These are apps that allow people to simplify many everyday tasks. IFTTT has recently introduced three new, related apps, called the Dos. These apps provide users with many potential uses or recipes that can make life easier, especially for social media related tasks. The following is a summary of how these apps work and what kind of Recipes you can create to become more productive and efficient.

Do Button

As the name suggests, the Do Button works as a button you can use in many different ways. While people are accustomed to using lots of button to operate devices and get things done, having a button on your phone or other device can make things much simpler. The Do Button allows you to create up to three recipes at a time but you can make changes to your Recipes whenever you want. The following are some possible recipes that can be created with Do Button.

  • Track your time and location on Google Drive spreadsheets – this one is my favorite because I work with several different clients during the course of a day and I need to keep track of where my hours and minutes are spent.
  • Set your thermostat in your home or office to the ideal temperature – no need to leave the home office in order to reset the thermostat, just hit the Do Button.
  • Send a quick message to someone to set or cancel an appointment.
  • Share your location or status with someone via Twitter.
  • Manage any internet-connected device in your home or office.
  • Turn lights on or off  – this requires special hardware, a Philips “HUE” light bulb, but would be great for turning the porch lights on when you arrive home in the dark if the switch is on the inside of the house.

Do Camera

Do Camera is an app that makes it possible to customize your camera and integrate it with many popular platforms and services. If you like to share your photos on many platforms at once, this app will make it faster. You can use Do Camera for fun or to make it easier to conduct business related to image sharing. Since social media today revolves a great deal around images, Do Camera can be a very useful app to make photo sharing easier. The following are just a few of the possible Recipes that can be created using Do Note.

  • Share documents or receipts on Evernote.
  • Send photos to friends, co-workers or team members via Gmail.
  • Post photos to the specific Facebook album of your choice.
  • Share images on WordPress, Tumblr, Twitter and more.
  • Post notes to Slack.
  • Email yourself a photo – super great when using an app to create a graphic for social media when you’d like it off your phone or tablet.

Do Note

Do Note is a notepad app that lets you create a customized notepad that can be integrated with a large number of widely used channels. This is another app that makes communicated via social media very efficient. Do Note is an app that lets you get more out of any notes that you jot down, letting you share them widely with just a click. The following are some possible Recipes that you can create with Do Note.

  • Post messages quickly to Twitter, Facebook, Yammer, Todoist and many others places.
  • Create a list of prospects or leads for your business.
  • Post to a chat room.
  • Share tasks with team members.
  • Quickly create events in Google calendar – simply write (or speak into the microphone) something like “lunch with Susie on Friday at 2 pm” and it will automatically be added to your calendar.

The three Dos are simple yet powerful apps that have a wide variety of uses. They can be particularly useful for small businesses and solo entrepreneurs who need to communicate over a wide variety of channels and platforms. With Do Button, Do Camera and Do Note, you can make sharing information on social media faster and simpler, which enhances your productivity.

Let me know if you try any of the Do Button recipes or if you discover some great ones that I missed.

Image credit: DepositPhotos.com/karelnoppe

Frustrated With the Instagram/Twitter Feud? Here’s a Way Around It

38068340_thbEarlier this week, Mashable published an article about how Pinterest added support for twitter cards thus enabling images to be shared directly from Pinterest onto Twitter (and in the correct format so that a viewer is not directed back to the Pinterest website).

I was very happy to hear of this but when I went to try it out……….it didn’t work!  Then I heard that it could only be done from the iPhone or iPad app and only using a single Pinterest image.  So I tried again…and again…nothing. 

I’m not sure WHY it worked for the author of the article but it sure didn’t work for me.

Thanksfully (because I love sharing images and love it even more when it’s easy to do so), I found a way to share my photos directly from Instagram to Twitter (and they actually show up)! 

It can be done using the following recipe from ifttt.com (if this then that) :

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An account at ifttt is free and it’s very easy to use.  Use their search feature to find the recipe and connect your own accounts.   If you’d like more information about ifttt, here’s an article that will help.

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ifttt – Possibly My Favorite New Toy!

There’s a new social media tool in town (isn’t there always) but this one’s a lot different.  It’s called ifttt (if this then that) and could very well become my favorite tool.  It’s in beta phase right now, so I won’t proclaim it to be my favorite just yet.

This will really date me, but the name of this tool resonates with me because when I took my very first computer programming class back in high school, everything we did was based on “if this, then that”.  For instance if A ~> B, if D +1 ~>F.  So I completely get this concept.

ifttt creates recipes for putting the internet to work for you by combining tasks, triggers, actions, and channels.

A task would be: when something happens (this) then do something else (that).

The this part of the task is called the trigger.  For instance, I take a photo and post it to Instagram, or Someone retweets something that I tweeted.

The that part of the task is called the action.  An example of that would be: “send me an e-mail” or “thank the person who retweeted me”.

  Triggers (this) and actions (that) are derived from channels.  Some examples of channels would be Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare, Evernote, The Weather Channel, etc.

When you put one channel’s trigger together with another channel’s action, that would become a task!  For instance, I set up the one that was suggested ont he website: Save all the photos that I post to Instagram in my Dropbox.  Is that not incredible??

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Once a task has been created, it becomes a recipe and can be shared with friends and other ifttt users.   You can find lots of recipes on the website under the categories “what’s hot“, “what’s new” and “what’s popular“, although “hot” and “popular” seem a little redundant.

Each recipes lists the creator, the date of creation and how many times it has been used. Some of the interesting ones I found were:

  • When Facebook profile picture changes, update Twitter profile picture.
  • Thanking people in Twitter when they mention you or RT.  (BIG time saver)
  • When a new book is added to Kindle Top 100 Free eBooks, send me an email.
  • Add your foursquare check-in history to your Google Calendar
  • When a new book is added to Kindle Top 100 Free eBooks, send me an email.
  • When I like photo on Instagram post this on Posterous.
  • Add to your Readability reading list by fave’ing a tweet.
  • tumble every tweet that contains an image.

Tasks can be turned on and off.  When turned back on, they pick up as if you had just created them so there will be no data saved when the task is turned off.

Tasks poll for new data every 15 minutes.

Oh, and did I mention the recipes are VERY easy to use?  You’re going to love this tool!