Who doesn’t struggle with having enough time when it comes to managing their business and social media presences, right?
IFTTT is an easy-to-use automation tool that allows you to build or select ‘recipes’ for your social media tasks that will save your hours of social media time! Short for ‘If This Then That’, this free platform allows you to specify what you want to happen if certain ‘triggers’ take place. For instance, ‘If I post a link to Facebook, then share it on Twitter’.
Here are some examples of popular ‘recipes’ you can use:
- “Text my wife when I leave the office”
- “Let me know when I’m kicked off my home WIFI so I don’t burn through my data plan”
- “Mute my ringer at bedtime”
- “Post Instagram pictures as native Twitter pictures”
- “Save starred Gmails to Evernote”
As you can imagine, the possibilities are virtually endless. Although it can obviously be used to automate personal tasks, this post will focus on which recipes will save you time and energy when it comes to your daily social media tasks.
A word of caution…not all of these recipes will be suitable for every business owner.
Automation can be a double edged sword so make sure you only automate things that mesh with your company culture.
Be sure to leave a link to your favorite recipes in the comments below!
Some Facebook Recipes
1. Save tagged photos in a private album: This recipe copies any Facebook photos you’re tagged in to a private ‘tagged’ album that only you can see. Great for collecting and storing photos for later use!
2. New post on WordPress to Facebook: Automatically posts a link to your latest blog post.
3. Automatically post link to your Facebook page: Each time you publish a new blog post, a link is posted on your Facebook page.
4. Share your Facebook Page’s messages on LinkedIn: Automatically posts new Facebook page updates to LinkedIn.
5. Tweet my Facebook Status Updates: Any new Facebook updates are automatically tweeted.
6. Say “Hi” and welcome new members to your Facebook group: Posts customized welcome messages with the new members’ name. Works best for small groups!
Some Instagram Recipes
7. Post your Instagram pictures as native Twitter pictures: New photos on Instagram are posted as tweets with images.
8. Save your Instagram photos to Dropbox: Keep a permanent off-site record of all your Instagram photos.
9. Instagram to Facebook album: All Instagram photos are uploaded to a Facebook album.
Best Twitter Recipes
10. All your tweets in a Google spreadsheet: Allows you to keep a permanent copy of all your tweets.
11. RSS > Twitter: Each time you publish a new blog post, it’s posted to Twitter.
12. Facebook link gets automatically tweeted: pretty self-explanatory!
13. Send FB page statuses to Twitter: Also lets you decide if you want to link back to your Facebook page in the tweet.
Some LinkedIn Recipes
14. Invite new iPhone contacts to connect on LinkedIn: Any new contact is automatically invited!
15. Share your Facebook page’s messages on LinkedIn: Any new Facebook page update is automatically shared on LinkedIn.
16. Twitter to Linkedin with #in: Any tweet using the hashtag #in automatically gets posted to LinkedIn.
Some YouTube Recipes
17. Post YouTube upload to Facebook page: Each time you upload a video to YouTube, a link gets posted on Facebook.
18. YouTube Favorite to WordPress post: Every see a video and can’t wait to share it with your readers? This recipe posts ‘favorited’ video clips right to your blog!
Some Profile Picture Recipes
19. When #Facebook profile picture changes, update #Twitter profile picture: Automatically keeps your Twitter profile pic in sync with your Facebook profile.
20. Use Instagram to update your Twitter profile picture: Tag a photo on Instagram and have your Twitter profile picture automatically updated.
Note: Before you can make any of these recipes work, you need to make sure you activate all the relevant channels first. It’s easy to do: When you click on a recipe, simply click on the activate buttons under each social media channel at the bottom of the page.
And just for fun, I thought I would throw in a few recipes that have nothing to do with social media, but are just plain FUN!
Mute my phone when I get to the office & turn on vibrate: or home, coffee shop, church, etc.
Get emails for new posts from any Craigslist search: Instead of checking Craigslist obsessively all day you can just check your email obsessively all day!
Have you tried IFTTT yet? If so, I’d love to hear which recipes save you time on social media!