We live in the age of Web 2.0, an Internet culture dominated by two things: social media and apps. However, apps don’t always play nicely with each other. But you can force them to through the use of…you guessed it, just one more application. It’s called If This, Then That, or IFTTT for short. Here’s what it lets you do:
- Get two or more apps to talk to each other: As long as the apps you’re using are connected to the web, IFTTT can probably make them work together.
- Make yourself more efficient: Through the smart use of IFTTT, you can eliminate a lot of multi-app tasks. For example, let’s say your pastor has tasked you with calling 25 people and logging those calls. You can launch an IFTTT “applet” on your phone so that every call you make for the next hour gets logged automatically into a Google spreadsheet. IFTTT will just pull the info from each call made by your phone and get it in the right place for you!
- Download pre-made applets or create your own: There are hundreds, if not thousands of pre-written applets out there (for example, you could download one that adjusts the parish office thermostat based on the outside temperature and humidity). But even if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can quickly point IFTTT to two or more apps and create something amazing. John, CSM’s director, created one that lets him text his wife with his location and estimated time of arrival home with just one click.
If This, Then That is available for personal or business use. Check it out – you might be able to save hours of work!