IFTTT App – Create If This, Then That Scenarios

Total Score:  29.5

IFTTT app allows you to create recipes for actions.  The recipes are “if this, then that” scenarios.  If breaking news happens about your favorite sports team, you can set up a text message.You can set up text messages to warn you about weather alerts.  Since IFTTT connects to email, social media, sports, health and other apps there are a fair number of options to create “recipes” for actions for you.  I wasn’t sure I would like this, but I am getting regular emails about free Kindle books and have downloaded a fair number of them.  I’ve also passed on a number of them – but I wouldn’t have found the books without IFTTT.  And, I’m sure Amazon would appreciate this, liked the books so much that I purchased additional books by the author.

 

Price Rating = 5      Free.  A nice app at no cost.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     There are pre-set recipes to get you started and it is easy to create your own.

 Readability Rating = 5     It does not have large fonts, but they are easy to read on the white background.

  Will You Use It Rating = 5     It is very helpful to have reminders and this looks like a great app to automate them.

 Downsides Rating = 0     I didn’t find any issues with the app.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     At the time of this review, there are close to 700 ratings and the average is four and one-half stars.  That sounds the beginning of a successful app.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     It is an easy way to automate actions – particularly ones that you do often.

How does it work? 

The overall premise of this app is “If This Than That,” which means if this happens then do that.  It is the basis of many computer programs. Now it is in your hands.

  1. There is a large icon on the top right that is a mortise and pestle.  Tap it and it switches to a screen to search or create recipes.   Tapping the glasses icon on the top left allows you to shop for existing recipes.  There is a recipe for everything from “Call Your Mom” to “Rent Reminders.”   Look through the list and select any that are interesting to you.  Just tap on your choice and then tap “use recipe.”
  2. If you want to create your own recipe you tap the PLUS sign at the top right of the screen.  It opens a screen that asks you to touch the first PLUS sign.   Now, you select a trigger.  I’ll select Pocket as my trigger.   I have a choice of new items in pocket, new item I tagged, new favorite item or new item archived.  I’ll choose new item.  It lets me know that I need to activate that channel.  After you authorize the channel (by signing in) it confirms that you want to connect ITFFF with that channel.  Then I can ask it to send me an email when I tag a new pocket item.  Confirm the recipe by tapping FINISH.
  3. There is a timeline that indicates your activity and provides links to let you know about popular recipes.
  4. I just chose one channel for my recipe, but there are quite a few options — 500px, App.net, bitly, Blogger, Boxoh Package Tracking, Buffer, Buzz Feed, Campfire, Craigslist, Date & Time, Delicious, Dilgo, Dropbox, email, ESPN, Etsy, Evernote, Facebook, Facebook pages, Feed, Feedly, ffffound, Flickr, Foursquare, gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, IFTTT, Instagram, iOS contacts, iOS Photos, iOS reminders, JetSetMe, Last.fm, LinkedIn, Phone Call, Pinboard, Pocket, Readability, SMS, Sound Cloud, Stocks, Storify, Svpply, The New York Times, Tumblr, Twitter, Up by Jawbone, Vimeo, Weather, WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Motion, WeMo Switch, Withings, WordPress, You TubeZootoo!.  And, I’m sure more channels will be added as time goes on.
  5. You can, through the settings tab (top right on timeline screen), set a background sync which allows iFTTT to periodically run recipes when your location changes.
  6. You can, through settings, activate channels.

All in all a fun, and useful app.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Devices:  This app is compatible with the iPad, iTouch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation) and iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5).  It is optimized for iPhone5.  It requires iOS 6.0 or later.  This app was developed by IFTTT, Inc.

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