• Social Media and IoT Home Automation – IFTTT
Social Media and IoT Home Automation – IFTTT

IFTTT is a service/app that you can use for free to automate your social media an Internet of Things (IoT) devices, by setting up simple rules for when one does one thing, another is set off to run another routine. A few of what they call “channels”, you can add are:

Home:

Amazon Alexa, August, Awair, Bang & Olufsen’s BeoLink Gateway, Caleo, Comcast Labs, D-Link Motion Sensor, D-Link Siren, D-Link Smart Plug, D-Link Water Sensor, Daikin Online Controller, Danalock, ecobee, Emberlight, Energenie Mi|Home, Foobot, Garageio, GE Appliances Cooking, GE Appliances Dishwasher, GE Appliances Dryer, GE Appliances GeoSpring™, GE Appliances Refrigerator, GE Appliances Washer, GE Appliances Window AC, Gogogate, GreenIQ, Greenwave Systems, Harmony, Heatmiser, HomeSeer, Honeywell evohome, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Single-zone Thermostat, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, HP Print, Hunter Douglas PowerView, IntesisHome, Komfy Switch with Camera, LaMetric, Leeo, LG Dryer, LG Washer, LIFX, LightwaveRF Events, LightwaveRF Heating, LightwaveRF Lighting, LightwaveRF Power, Lutron Caséta Wireless, Melissa, microBees, Musaic, myStrom, Nefit Easy, Nest Protect, Nest Thermostat, Netatmo Thermostat, Netatmo Weather Station, Neurio, OnHub, Parrot Flower Power, Philips Hue, Qblinks Qmote, Rachio, RainMachine, Roost Smart Battery, Samsung Air Purifier, Samsung Floor Air Conditioner, Samsung Refrigerator, Samsung Robot Vacuum, Samsung Room Air Conditioner, Samsung Washer, Sen.se Mother, Sensibo, simplehuman, Skylark, Smappee, SmartThings, Stack Lighting, tadoº Smart AC Control, tadoº Smart Thermostat, ThermoSmart, Ubi, WallyHome, Wattio GATE, Wattio POD, Wattio THERMIC, WeMo Air Purifier, WeMo Coffeemaker, WeMo Humidifier, WeMo Insight Switch, WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Lighting, WeMo Maker, WeMo Motion, WeMo Slow Cooker, WeMo Switch, WIFIPLUG, Wink Relay, Wink: Aros, Wink: Egg Minder, Wink: Nimbus, Wink: Pivot Power Genius, Wink: Porkfolio & Wink: Shortcuts.

Social Media:

Facebook, Facebook Pages, Flickr, Foursquare, GitHub, GroupMe, Instagram, Life360, Pinterest, Sina Weibo, Skype (as of the day of this post on the 3rd of August), Twitter and more.

Productivity:

Amazon Cloud Drive, Beeminder, bitly, Boxcar 2, , Cisco Spark, Day One, Delicious, Diigo, Dropbox, Email, Evernote, Fleep, Flock, FollowUp.cc, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Drive, Inoreader, Instapaper, Instapush, Kyber calendars (todos & reminders), Launch Center, MeisterTask, Moni.ai, Narro, Nimbus Note, OneDrive, OneNote, Ooma, Phone Call, Pinboard, Pocket, Pryv, Pushalot, Pushbullet, Pushover, QualityTime, RescueTime, Roger, Seagate Personal Cloud, SMS, TeamSnap, Todoist, Toodledo, Trello, Wolfram Data Drop & Workflow.

These are just a few of the many services you can use with IFTTT, if you want to see the rest you can click the link here.

Review

I have been using IFTTT for a week now, in that time I have used many services, apart from the IoT Home devices (since I do not own any). In this time I have had many successful results, although a few issues, which I will go onto now.

A few of many I have set up are:

  1. Flickr to Facebook: If new public favorite on Mimir Productions’s favorites, then upload a photo from URL to Sean O’Mahoney’s photos.
  2. Feed to Facebook Page: If new feed item from https://dailymanchester.co.uk/author/sean/feed, then create a link post on Mimir Productions.
  3. Facebook to OneDrive: If Sean O’Mahoney is tagged in a photo, then add file from URL to x’s OneDrive.
  4. Phone Location to Facebook: If You enter an area, then create a status message on Sean O’Mahoney’s timeline.
  5. Todoist to Facebook: If task in photoshoot marked as complete, then create a status message on Sean O’Mahoney’s timeline.
  6. Instagram to Twitter: If any new photo by sean12697, then post a tweet with image to @Sean12697.
  7. Instagram to Facebook Page: If new photo by sean12697 hashtagged #cosplay, then upload a photo from URL on Mimir Productions.
  8. Facebook Page to Facebook: If new photo upload with hashtag #cosplay on Mimir Productions, then create a link post on Sean O’Mahoney’s timeline.
  9. Android Photos to Facebook: If new photo taken in area, then upload a photo from URL to Sean O’Mahoney’s photos.

Most of these worked well, although when it came to using phone services, such as the location and photos above, it seems to be a bit temperamental. The two times I used the location to inform my friends when I was getting into town, did post as intended, although the second time it posted around an hour after I entered town. Then when it came to uploading photos, it seemed to rarely work, for me personally.

As well as when it came to posting on Facebook Pages, twice I have ran into issues, on my 8th “recipe” above and when I tried to automate uploads on Flickr to my Facebook Page also (meaning I did not need to waste time on uploading on both), which would also mean viewers on my Facebook Page could click a link on the caption of an image, to view the HD version on Flickr (5184 x 3456, instead of Facebooks max, when uploaded at high-definition, of 2048 x 1365, which is also compressed), it instead showed this below when I checked the logs after it should have run and worked.

IFTTT Facebook Issue

Apart from these two issues, I do have one other minor criticism of the service, which is that you can only use one account on each Channel. This means you cannot use multiple Facebook pages or Twitter accounts, which is a bit of an annoyance.

Although after complaining a little of these issues, I would still highly recommend using this service, these issues are only minor and can easily be forgotten, seeing as how much you can do with IFTTT. For example, if you use the default share service from Instagram to Twitter, it will only insert a link, instead of allowing Twitter users to view the image as intended. With IFTTT you can fix this, although if you prever how it is done currently, you can set it up to do so (by posting a link without an image).

You can either visit the site here, or you can download the Android or iOS app.

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