By Kerry Heaney
If this then that, or ITTT is a little bit of internet magic that makes different apps and programs work together like they are all in one happy family.
You might never need to back up all the photos that you are tagged in on Facebook to photo album automatically, but a knowing what’s happening around your location could be handy, especially when travelling.
ITTT is a web-based service makes your life easier by automating small tasks using applets. It is easy to understand and use and supports many different apps and services bringing your favourite services together so you can do more. Think Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter and 500 more apps.
Lots of clever folk have dreamt up recipes using simple conditional statements where some type of event in one device or service automatically triggers an action in another, like turn on the air conditioning when I am within one kilometre of home. With increasing use of home automation systems and home robots, a working knowledge of ITTT will be your friend.
If you can’t find what you need you can create your combination of any two services and voila, you’ve made your own Applet.
Want to improve your vocabulary? Set yourself up to get an automatic weekly list of the Wikipedia words of the day in an email along with 20,000 other people.
Maybe you don’t want to watch the game but you need to know your team’s final score. Yes, there’s an applet that will send you a mobile notification but it won’t offer commiserations if they have lost.
I’ve synced my new Instagram images to my Pinterest board. My Instagram images also now can appear on Twitter with full format photos if I add #twitter.
The downside? Well sometimes the applet stops working and you won’t find out until you notice its absence.
Best of all, it is free.