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I first stumbled upon this service several years, and I really think it hasn’t gotten the glory it deserves. To be fair, it’s not exclusively a business tool or an eLearning tool. But there’s so much you can use it for!

What am I talking about?

If This Then That (IFTTT)

Not, the programming statement, although that is where it gets its name. IFTTT connects apps and devices that wouldn’t normally play nice with each other and helps you get things done. You can set up any two apps to work together by creating what they call an applet (originally they called them recipes).

For example, my first foray into using IFTTT was when I was searching for a new apartment in a very competitive market. I created an applet to send me an email to my Gmail as soon as an apartment fitting my specific search parameters was posted on Craigslist. (I felt very proud of myself for thinking of this, only to discover later on that this was an extremely common IFTTT applet.) If you’re not into creating your own applets, there are tons of user-created applets that you can set up to work with your accounts. Another one I use is the applet to tweet my Instagram photos as native photos instead of links back to my Instagram. If you’re a heavy social media user, that’s a great one.

You can use IFTTT to automatically mute your Android phone when you get to work. Save yourself the embarrassment of Spice Girls or Hanson or something going off in a meeting!

There’s also a lot you can set up with IFTTT and Amazon’s Alexa. For instance, there’s an applet so that when you ask Alexa to add a to-do item, it’s automatically added to a workspace within Asana’s project management app. You can do the same thing with Evernote, Google Docs spreadsheets and more. IFTTT works with business apps like Yammer, Office 365, and more. You can use it to track hours you spend at the office in a Google spreadsheet, thus creating yourself a timesheet. Workaholics could create an applet to send themselves a reminder to go home when they’ve exceeded a certain number of hours in the office per day or week!

The sky really is the limit with IFTTT. What would you create?


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