I have been experimenting with IFTTT.
My problem with IFTTT in the past has been simple: what do I do with it? It seems like a great tool, but even after looking at people's recipes, I couldn't get to the point of saying, yes, that is what I want to do.
I think one has to think about what they use as Inputs and what types of Outputs one wants, and then use IFTTT to help them with that.
Some of the things I think are useful to do are:
- Use IFTTT to update a spreadsheet. I wanted to be able log when I was doing an activity. I did this by wiring up email and Google Drive. Every time I send firstname.lastname@example.org an email with the tag #csv in the Subject, it will add the timestamp, the subject, and the body to a three column spreadsheet. This can used in a number of ways. For example, if I want to track my exercise, I could send an email with a subject of Exercise and a body of what exercise I did. Or if I wanted to track clients I visited or restaurants I went to, I could do that. You could also create two recipes and key off two tags. Emails tagged with #fitness could go in one spreadsheet and emails tagged with #clients could go in another.
- Use IFTTT to create a private blog. You can do that a number of ways. One is to wire up mail to Google Drive and have the email go into a document. Another way is to wire it up to Evernote and have the email go into a note. Likewise you could also have it go into a Dropbox file or any other number of places.
So those a two ways to use mail as a universal method for generating content you can store elsewhere.
Another experiment I did was set up two clients on my mobile device: Boxcar and Pushover. Both of them can be wired up to IFTTT, among other things. More on this soon.