How to: Automate Your Digital Life!

I’m a big fan of two things: real life and digital life.  Most of us “love” technology, at least when it doesn’t get in the way. The trouble is that it seems to get in the way more often than not. With all of these different social media outlets, cloud services, and blogs, we spend more time browsing, posting, and sharing than we do living real life. Wouldn’t it be easier if all of your favorite news sources found you? Wouldn’t it be better if posting to one social media service auto-posted to your others? Enter IFTTT (If This Then That) a free web & productivity nerds dream.  With IFTTT you can automate your digital life by using a series of simple “recipes” to take care of the tasks that take that one thing you can never get back, time.

  • Instagram Recipe: Save all your Instapics or vids automatically to Dropbox for safe keeping.
  • Blogger Recipe: Autopost all your articles to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and backup to Evernote or Pocket when one of your posts goes live.
  • Home automation Recipe: Have a Nest Thermostat? Switch it on when you leave work so your house is nice and cool when you get home.
  • Blog Follower Recipe: Get a text with a link when your favorite blog site posts a new article.
  • Video Sharing Recipe: Upload videos to Youtube or Vimeo? Automatically share them with your Facebook and Twitter followers.

Sure, there are other ways to do these things, but none so centralized as IFTTT. When this article posts, using IFTTT, it will auto post to my Facebook Page, the ChristCore Page, the ChristCore Tumblr, and backup to my personal Evernote. Previously I would need at least three other services to do this. That’s three more profiles I don’t need, three more possibilities for my passwords to be hacked. This is one of the benefits of IFTTT, in my opinion. Though I’m more involved in writing online articles and creating content than ever, I’m trying more and more to simplify my digital life. IFTTT is going to be an integral part in that goal.

IFTTT is not perfect. It has a long way to go. Currently, IFTTT does not support every service I want it to, but it’s off to a great start and will only get more and more useful as more services sign up.

Here is a list of one third of the services IFTTT Supports.

  • Blogger
  • Bitly
  • BuzzFeed
  • Craigslist
  • Ebay
  • Dropbox
  • Etsy
  • Evernote
  • ESPN
  • Feedly
  • Fitbit
  • Fivr
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare
  • Gmail
  • Instagram
  • Last.FM
  • LinkedIn
  • Pocket
  • Reddit
  • Readability
  • Soundcloud
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • Youtube
  • And Much More!!!

For those of you security conscious people with tape over your webcams it may be good for you to read through IFTTT’s privacy policy. As with all services there is no 100% safety guarantee, though, IFTTT does their due diligence.

Due to the existing regulatory environment, we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. – IFTTT

What do you think about the concept of IFTTT? Do you think you will use a service as versatile as this or will security concerns keep you at bay? As for me? I’ve already jumped in the deep end and am enjoying the payoff.

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.