IFTTT is a web service that you can use to chain together other web services ("channels" in IFTTT parlance) into what IFTTT calls "recipes". When an event or action occurs on one service it allows you to trigger an event or action in another service. For instance, you can set up IFTTT to watch your RSS feed so when you publish a new blog post, IFTTT will post a link to the post on Twitter automatically. IFTTT also has a free iOS app that allows you to create recipies from your iPhone and adds triggers for iOS system apps, like Photos and Contacts, and for iOS features like location services.
I've always liked the idea of tracking my digital trail partly as a means of remembering what I did on a particular day but also simply because I enjoy fiddling with data. With IFTTT, I have created a plaint-text journal that automatically logs data from multiple services in the background to a fully text-searchable document in Dropbox.
The key to my daily log is IFTTT's "Append to text file" Dropbox action. With it, you can pull data from a whole host of services and let IFTTT write to a text file in the background.
Currently I have IFTTT log the following:
- the daily weather forcast
- my Twitter posts
- my daily weight
- photos I post to Instagram and Flickr
- articles I favorite in Instapaper
- Pinboard links
- songs scrobbled on Last.fm
- full text of my blog posts to squibits.com
- Watch later and liked videos on Vimeo and YouTube
- App.net posts
- the full text of reviews of my iOS apps
- Foursquare check-ins
- GitHub notifications
The result is a firehouse of my digital tracks across the web, which looks something like this:
@johnvoorhees : @viticci Really remarkable they can handle a site with MacStories’ traffic. That’s great.
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January 24, 2014 at 05:55PM
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Parquet Courts - He's Seeing Paths
Album: Light Up Gold + Tally All The Things That You Broke
Scrobbled: January 24, 2014 at 05:47PM
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Mini vMac - early Macintosh emulator
If you want to emulate a classic Mac on your modern Mac in something nicer than a browser, Mini vMac is your best bet
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January 24, 2014 at 03:54PM
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Setup is simple:
1. If you haven't done so already, sign up for an IFTTT account at ifttt.com and Dropbox at dropbox.com.
2. Because your plain-text journal entries will write to Dropbox, I suggest setting the IFTTT Dropox channel up first, but the order is not important. To activate the Dropbox channel, go to the channels section on ifttt.com and follow the instructions to link your Dropbox account to IFTTT.