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How to automate online tasks with IFTTT

Save time by using If This Then That 'recipes'

Here we continue our IFTTT tutorial.

STEP 5: Pick a recipe you want to use and click the arrow to enter its settings. Here you can see what the trigger is, and what action it will cause to happen. You needn’t change anything here, just click Use Recipe and the task will be automated. It’s that simple.

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STEP 6: What if you have a task that’s unique? You can create your own recipe. Click the Create tab, then click the big “this” to bring up a list of trigger channels to choose from. Some channels are good for triggers, while others are best for actions.

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STEP 7: Say you use Storify to gather together Twitter conversations, and you want to tweet whenever you finish a collection. Click Storify and log in if necessary, choose New published story and, as there are no parameters to add, simply create the trigger.

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STEP 8: For the action choose Twitter, then pick “Post a tweet”. By default the tweet will contain the title and URL of the Storify post, but you can also add the date or a description using the dropdown box on the right, or type custom text into the box.

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STEP 9: And there’s your personal IFTTT recipe, ready to go. Add a note to remind yourself and others what it does, then click Create Recipe. And that’s it. You can apply that process to any task in the 59 supported channels.

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