Do you find social media taking up too much of your time?

Do you find social media taking up too much of your time? If so then IFTTT could be incredibly useful for you. It allows different social media channels to be connected up using statements of the form IF [x] THEN [Y] – where X is an event occurring on one channel and Y is an action on another channel.When I found out about this, I was instantly fascinated but it can be quite tricky to work out how to actually use it. That said, I’ve been using it for months now and I was surprised to realise recently that I actually have 10 IFTTT statements running. These do things which previously were either impossible or only possible by hand. It’s an incredible time saving tool and I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of it.

Here are the ones I’m currently using:

  • Every new post on the LSE Politics Blog (via the RSS feed) gets saved as a new document on my Google Drive.
  • Articles I favourite on Pocket (Read It Later) get saved in Google Drive as a PDF
  • New posts on Sociological Imagination get their details entered on a spreadsheet archive in Google Drive
  • New posts on the Public University website get placed in my Twitter buffer for Sociological Imagination
  • New entries on markcarrigan.net go into my Twitter buffer for Sociological Imagination
  • New entries on markcarrigan.net go to the Sociological Imagination facebook wall.
  • New posts on Sociological Imagination go to the Sociological Imagination facebook wall
  • New posts on Sociological Imagination go to the Twitter buffer for Sociological Imagination.
  • My favourited items on Google Reader go into the Sociological Imagination twitter buffer.

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  1. But isn’t the whole point of channels that they are separate so you can decide what sort of post go into which of them? I’m not sure I see the point in linking them through “if X, then Y”.

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