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Creating your own recipe with IFTTT


Monday Productivity Pointers

with Jess Stratton

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Video: Creating your own recipe with IFTTT

Jess Stratton here, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. IFTTT is a popular cloud service that gets its name from the programming algorithm of an if statement. If this, then that. Using IFTTT, you can add automation from one cloud service to another without you being involved. IFTTT calls this a recipe. Currently, IFTTT supports 62 different channels, that is, cloud services and social networks, that you can add automation to.
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  1. 10h 57m
    1. Welcome to the series
      1m 13s
    2. Running a group meeting with coworkers
      7m 19s
    3. Recording and marketing chat on air
      8m 30s
    4. Creating a quick presentation
      5m 37s
    5. Presenting from an iPad or computer
      3m 36s
    6. Migrating your accounts to
      9m 55s
    7. Setting budgets and goals
      7m 4s
    8. Collaborating on team documents
      5m 53s
    9. Creating an online photo gallery
      4m 58s
    10. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
      10m 41s
    11. Driving traffic to your project
      5m 48s
    12. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
      6m 40s
    13. Adding video and chat notifications
      4m 7s
    14. Accepting a payment with Square
      4m 35s
    15. Using the Square Wallet
      2m 32s
    16. Setting up shop on Etsy
      6m 31s
    17. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
      4m 9s
    18. Raising your Klout score
      7m 3s
    19. Earning Klout perks
      4m 55s
    20. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
      4m 56s
    21. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
      2m 57s
    22. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
      5m 5s
    23. Removing a page from the Google search index
      4m 42s
    24. Browsing privately in public
      4m 38s
    25. Cleaning up your session before logging out
      5m 8s
    26. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
      3m 42s
    27. Taking screenshots from a PC
      4m 12s
    28. Taking screenshots from a Mac
      3m 36s
    29. Setting up Find My iPhone
      3m 36s
    30. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
      3m 49s
    31. Sampling color from the screen
      5m 27s
    32. Using for inspiration
      3m 22s
    33. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
      5m 49s
    34. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
      5m 41s
    35. Record your screen using QuickTime
      3m 14s
    36. Record your screen using CamStudio
      2m 34s
    37. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
      3m 9s
    38. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
      3m 38s
    39. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
      9m 0s
    40. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
      5m 46s
    41. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
      6m 52s
    42. Customizing the Mac Mail View
      7m 13s
    43. What's a firewall?
      7m 36s
    44. What is the Cloud?
      4m 42s
    45. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
      7m 19s
    46. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
      5m 7s
    47. Installing the Feedly browser extension
      6m 34s
    48. Customizing Feedly
      6m 53s
    49. Understanding the basics of Twitter
      9m 9s
    50. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
      9m 14s
    51. Working with URL Shorteners
      5m 45s
    52. Using
      8m 31s
    53. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
      6m 19s
    54. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
      6m 7s
    55. Shutting off access to social networks
      6m 18s
    56. Hiding taskbars
      2m 36s
    57. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
      10m 7s
    58. Running a productive online meeting
      3m 44s
    59. Getting meeting minutes faster
      6m 47s
    60. TextExpander for Mac
      7m 6s
    61. Breevy for Windows
      3m 44s
    62. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
      5m 52s
    63. Using Windows Libraries
      4m 25s
    64. Finding large attachments in your email apps
      5m 13s
    65. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
      3m 30s
    66. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
      2m 56s
    67. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
      4m 7s
    68. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
      3m 16s
    69. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
      3m 45s
    70. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
      3m 20s
    71. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
      4m 1s
    72. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
      4m 10s
    73. Resetting browser site passwords
      7m 11s
    74. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
      7m 42s
    75. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
      7m 59s
    76. Setting up dual band speed on your router
      7m 36s
    77. Add your social media activity to your website
      8m 54s
    78. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
      4m 48s
    79. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
      8m 20s
    80. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
      5m 58s
    81. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
      5m 11s
    82. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
      4m 31s
    83. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
      4m 18s
    84. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
      5m 52s
    85. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
      4m 25s
    86. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
      3m 55s
    87. Getting to Inbox Zero
      11m 4s
    88. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
      3m 19s
    89. Adding 2-step authentication
      3m 39s
    90. Enabling in-app PIN codes
      3m 31s
    91. Accessing your digital movies
      5m 20s
    92. Copying movies onto a device
      3m 25s
    93. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
      3m 34s
    94. Sending your scans
      2m 41s
    95. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
      4m 49s
    96. Writing a letter of recommendation
      7m 49s
    97. Constructing a successful press release
      4m 48s
    98. Troubleshooting wireless security
      4m 48s
    99. Writing a claim letter
      5m 22s
    100. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
      5m 9s
    101. How to do a firmware update
      6m 34s
    102. Siri, your iPhone assistant
      4m 48s
    103. Writing an email that gets read
      4m 51s
    104. Writing an email that requires action
      2m 54s
    105. Your Blu-ray questions answered
      3m 50s
    106. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
      3m 9s
    107. Exporting WordPress blog entries
      3m 28s
    108. Understanding how Office 365 works
      5m 9s
    109. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
      2m 58s
    110. Downloading your Facebook timeline
      3m 10s
    111. Scheduling email with Boomerang
      4m 24s
    112. Google Labs for Calendar
      2m 58s
    113. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
      2m 10s
    114. Requesting your Twitter archive
      2m 59s
    115. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
      4m 59s
    116. Easily remote to another computer with
      3m 47s
    117. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
      2m 58s
    118. Easily annotate images with Skitch
      6m 4s
    119. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
      3m 3s
    120. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
      6m 41s
    121. Migrating to Google Apps
      9m 31s
    122. Using supplemental To Do apps
      3m 43s
    123. Getting alerts for Amazon price drops
      2m 36s
    124. Four tips to teach kids about websites
      8m 19s
    125. Caring for family members from afar
      4m 39s
    126. Using Google Sheets to make templates
      4m 35s

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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube,, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

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Creating your own recipe with IFTTT

Jess Stratton here, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. IFTTT is a popular cloud service that gets its name from the programming algorithm of an if statement. If this, then that. Using IFTTT, you can add automation from one cloud service to another without you being involved. IFTTT calls this a recipe. Currently, IFTTT supports 62 different channels, that is, cloud services and social networks, that you can add automation to. Now, the first thing that you need to do is specify a trigger.

For example, if a post comes up on Craigslist that matches a search criteria that you specified. Or, if a friend tags you or uploads a photo of you on Facebook. Now remember: if this, then that. We've got your trigger, but what's the action going to be. For example, that post on Craigslist. If a brand new post comes up on Craigslist that matches your search criteria, then you can automatically be notified via email, or even a text message.

In this video, I'm going to show you how to start creating your own recipes from scratch, using IFTTT. So I opened up my browser and I went to, I created my account, and I'm all logged in. It brings me right to the Dashboard where I can see any recipes that I've already made and any shared recipes that I've used by other members of the IFTTT community. In this case, I don't have any. We're going to create a recipe today. What I want is a text message if it's going to rain tomorrow.

That way, I'll always know if it's going to rain the next day. To get started, I'm going to click the blue Create a Recipe button. I can see the big if this then that menu. So to get started, click the blue this button. The first thing I need to do is choose my trigger channel. Now this is where you could come and browse all your options, and once you look at this list, this could inspire you to make your own automation. So I'm going to show you how to do that. Let's scroll all the way down because I'm interested in this weather channel right here.

I'm going to click the Weather button. And once I've done that, I can find out all the possible triggers that I can activate using this Weather button. Now the first time you choose a trigger, if you'd never used it before, you're going to get an Activate button. In this case I have, so that's why you didn't see it, but it could be as simple as clicking an Activate button, or if your trigger involved a social network, like Facebook or Twitter, you'd be prompted to log in. So these are all the triggers that I can have.

I can get today's weather report, tomorrow's weather report. I can be notified whether the current temperature drops below a certain temperature or rises above a certain temperature. I can scroll down and read all the possible triggers I could choose from. In this case, I'm interested in what tomorrow's forecast calls for. So this trigger monitors changes in tomorrow's forecasted weather. I'm going to click on this, and I want to be notified when tomorrow's forecast calls for rain. When I activated this weather service, this is where it asked me where I was located.

Now, because I've already done that you're not going to see it, but it's as simple as putting in the city and state that you live in. I'm going to click the blue create trigger button. And now, if tomorrow's forecast calls for rain, now I have to choose my that statement. That is, what do I want to happen if tomorrow's forecast calls for rain? So I'm going to click the blue that button. And here's where I can choose all the possible action channels. For example, I could be sent an email, I could add an entry to my Google calendar, maybe I wanted to keep a journal of all the rain days that we had.

In this case, I'm going to scroll down and select the SMS channel which is the texting channel. Now again, I've already activated this channel. Because I've activated it, that was when I told IFTTT what my text phone number was. I don't have to do that again, because I've already done it once. So I'm going to choose Send me an SMS. I click on that blue link, here's where I can even change the message. For example, tomorrow's condition I can see is a variable, so that means it will probably say the word rain because I'm having IFTTT b to be notified when it rains.

So, I can leave it at rain tomorrow if I want, or I can change the text. I can even click this plus and add some more fields, which they call ingredients. For example, I can be notified of what the high temperature will be, and the low. So I'm going to chose tomorrow's high Click Add Ingredient and I can even had my own label to it. I can have a comma, I can click the plus sign and I can add another ingredient of Tomorrow's Low temperature. Click Create Action.

And now, if tomorrow's forecast calls for rain, then send me an SMS to this number. I can also put a description in. For example, I can call this the forecast recipe. When I'm all done, click Create recipe, and now I can turn it on. So, all these recipes are checked once every 15 minutes. For example, if I did create that Craigslist search option, it's going to scan Craigslist every 15 minutes to see if there was a new occurrence of that search.

So here's where I can turn the recipe off or on or I can delete it or I can even share it with other people. If I'm happy with it, I can create another recipe or close out of my browser window. I can also come back in and edit it anytime by clicking on the triangle button. So that's how you create a personal recipe with IFTTT. It's very easy. You create your trigger and then you create your action. So I encourage you to go through all the possible triggers and see where your options are.

You can get as creative as you want. Up next, I'm going to show you how to browse the recipe directory so that you can see some other great recipes that other people have created.

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