IFTTT - putting the web to work for you
By: +David Herron; Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 00:32:06 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Using a programming paradigm as its primary service description (If This Then That), the IFTTT service is a pretty flexible method of sending content from place to place on the Internet. Conceptually it's similar to dlvr.it but is far more flexible.
The core concept in IFTTT is the "recipe" which is somewhat like a dlvr.it route, but in some ways less flexible while in other ways it's more flexible.
A recipe declares a single input source, a single output source, and how the content is delivered to the output. There is also a directory of shared recipes that IFTTT members have already created.
You start a recipe by selecting the source of the content items. They have a large set of possible sources, not all of which are RSS feeds.
The options available on each source vary depending on the source's capabilities. These two are pretty common.
I write news articles on PlugInCars.com so this is attempting to select just my articles. Unfortunately the options for filtering content are pretty weak - it's just this.
Once you've got the source set up, time to select an action channel, or destination. Again they have a very large list of possible destinations.
Again the options for configuring the destination vary a lot.
What IFTTT lets you do is have a lot of control over the format of the item delivered to the destination. It extracts "fields" from the source entries, that can be formatted in a fairly flexible way for the destination.comments powered by Disqus