IFTTT is a free service that makes the web programs and apps you use work together. IFTTT makes connections through what they call 'recipes' and makes your life easier, or at least more automated.
There are hundreds of IFTTT recipes to choose from, but in this tutorial you'll learn how to use a select few focused on making Instagram account automatically send information and images to other services such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Wordpress.
If This, Then That
IFTTT is an acronym for If This, Then That. The basic principle behind IFTTT are triggers and actions: a trigger causes an action. You combine a trigger and an action to create a recipe.
When you create an IFTTT recipe you set up a little computer program that watches for a trigger—something specific—to happen. This is the "If This" part. A trigger could be a new Instagram photo, a new comment, a new follower, and so on. There are hundreds of possible IFTTT triggers.
When the IFTTT program sees the trigger it performs an action. This is the "Then That" part of the equation. There are hundreds of IFTTT actions, too, across dozens of services.
Using this initial list as a starting point is a great idea for streamlining your social media presence, but don't stop with these suggestions! IFTTT has hundreds of recipes aimed at making your life easier. Explore the options available and make more time for capturing images.
1. Send Instagram Photos to Twitter
This recipe will send your Instagram photos to Twitter so that image is posted in your Twitter feed, not just a link to Instagram. This eliminates a step for people scrolling through Twitter.
2. Send Instagram Video Links to Twitter
This recipe will create a tweet with an image and a link back to Instagram to watch the video.
3. Save Your Instagram Images to Google Drive
This recipe will save a copy of every photo you upload to Instagram to a folder in Drive. This one is handy for creating connections to other services that use IFTTT. Using Google Drive as an intermediary or storage container, you can then move, post, or send the files to wherever you need them to go.
4. Save Certain Instagram Photos to Google Drive by Hashtag
recipe will save Instagram
images marked with a particular hashtag. Note that, unlike the above recipe, this will save anyone's image tagged with the specified hastag, not just your own.
This recipe makes multiple images easily downloadable and is great to suggest to clients for showcasing events in a gallery online or at a later time. This could even be easily incorporated into a slideshow during an event and could be entertaining for guests.
5. Save Instagram Information to a Google Spreadsheet
Make a log of your Instagram activity. This will write information like the URL, time posted, and the caption of each photo to a Google Spreadsheet. Like the recipe above, this spreadsheet can drive other recipes with IFTTT.
- Recipe: Instagram to Spreadsheet
6. Save Your Instragram Photos to Dropbox
Prefer Dropbox to Google Drive? Save your photos to Dropbox instead!
7. Send Your Instagram Photos to a Facebook Album
Automatically curate a Facebook photo album for you based on your Instagram photos.
- Recipe: Instagram Photos Facebook Album
8. Send Your Instagram Photos to Your Flickr Page
This recipe will make sure your Flickr page is updated with your most recent Instagram upoloads
- Recipe: Instagram to Flickr, Ta Dah!
9. Post Your Instagram Photos to Your Wordpress Blog
This recipe will post your Instagram photo onto your Wordpress blog for you.
10.Post Your Instagram Photos to tumblr as Picture Posts
tumblr and Instagram are a perfect match.
11. Receive an iOS Notification When a Specific Person Posts to Instagram
This recipe will let you know when an Instagram post is made by someone you follow so you never miss an image.
12. Receive a Notification When Someone Posts to Instagram From a Particular Location
Want to keep an eye on what happens in a geographic area? This recipe lets you watch for photos from a specific place,