Automate the Web

Have you ever wanted to update your twitter profile pic when you change your Facebook profile picture? Do you want an automatic text message every time the forecast calls for rain? How about keeping a log of all your Foursquare check-ins on Google calendar. That’s all possible with a web service called ifttt or the long version If This Then That. It takes some getting used to, but once you set up the channels you want, there are a ton of what they call recipes that others have created to automate the web.

One of my favorite tasks is called where did I leave my phone, which lets you send a command via google talk and it’ll call your phone so if you have it on you can hear the ring. I also use all the various read it later services such as Instapaper, Readability and Pocket (formerly Read It Later), as well as google reader, so I like that when I star an item in Google Reader, it goes to all those services. I can also keep my delicious and inboard accounts in sync, as well as do pretty much anything else I want.

Use Instagram a bunch, why not send those photos to Dropbox, or Facebook automatically, the possibilities are endless.

I really suggest you take a look at it and start using it, you’ll love it, and once you automate your web, I don’t think you could go back.

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