IFTTT stands for 'IF This Then That. It is an app that specializes exploiting the features of other apps to make routine tasks automatic. Sounds like a robot!
IFTTT works by taking any two apps that you use and connecting them to perform a task by use of a recipe that talks to your apps for you. I use Gmail and Evernote. So, for instance, I use a recipe that turns an email into a note in Evernote if I label it 'Evernote'. There must be tens of thousands of recipes. Most of them have been created by users and contributed for public use. You can create your own, too. I have created a few to send blog posts like this one to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Evernote. It is pretty easy because IFTTT understands what each app is capable of and offers those options.
You activate channels by entering your login info, and then you walk through the IF THIS happens (the trigger) THEN THAT (the action) you want. This creates a recipe that appears in your dashboard.
If you have any two of the 92 Channels (current count), you can make them interact automatically. The graphic above shows all 92 Channels.
Users create recipes and post them. So you can simply add them to your account with a click and they start working. For instance, I added an IFTTT that appends any tweet that I ’favorite’ to a note in Evernote, which it creates first if you don't have the note already. Lots of clever people helping the rest of us be clever too.
There has to be a way you can benefit. Here's where you sign up. An account is free. And here is where you can view all the ready-made recipes that you can copy to your account.
Do you want to automate sending your spouse a text saying you are on the way home? Several IFTTT’s do this for you by using your phone's location sensors to automatically trigger an SMS message upon your departure from work. Of course, no stopping along the way for a beer or shopping = BUSTED!