IFTTT

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IFTTT (IF This Then That) is a service for connecting apps and services with automation.

IndieWeb Examples

IndieWeb community members using IFTTT:

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith uses IFTTT to POSSE his blog posts from adactio.com to Facebook. Example recipes for this (and more).

Aaron Parecki

Aaron Parecki uses IFTTT to PESOS his Withings weight measurements to his website by using the IFTTT "Maker" channel to convert the Withings measurements into Micropub requests.

Add yourself here… (see this for more details)

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Issues

Non-trivial latency

IFTTT has a non-trivial latency due to being limited to the once every 15 minutes polling they do.

No custom request headers

IFTTT HTTP requests to other sites have no way of being configured to send custom request headers.

Criticism

SPOF

Because IFTTT is fairly popular (perhaps the most popular such service on the web) and in use by numerous sites large and small, it is particularly big SPOF (single point of failure). The lack of open source implementation (which you could move to if it existed by deploying your own) also adds to the fragility that you introduce when you depend on IFTTT.

Removal of app.net

In 2016-03, IFTTT removed the App.net channel, breaking POSSE flows in the process.

Removal of Pinboard

On 2016-03-27, IFTTT emailed users of the Pinboard integration saying it will be disabled seven days later. The creator of Pinboard wrote a detailed summary of why he won't agree to the new Pinboard developer terms of service: https://blog.pinboard.in/2016/03/my_heroic_and_lazy_stand_against_ifttt/

Removal of Twitter (portions)

Some time in 2016, IFTTT removed the functionality for several custom recipes that previously worked with Twitter. One of these, in particular, was the ability to auto-follow people who tweeted a particular hashtag.

Alternatives

Self-hosted (open source)

Hosted

Free Hosted

Main article: Microsoft Flow

  • Zapier, a paid service with a limited free plan, mostly business-oriented, but supports personal services like Pinboard too
  • Botize, a paid service with a limited free plan

See Also

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