A Walk-Through: Creating Your First IFTTT.com Applet

TL;DR

In this example, we create an applet to toss a copy of every tweet to a dedicated iOS Calendar.

The Absolute Basics, Applicable to Every IFTTT “Applet”

1️⃣ Connect your account with IFTTT. Example: if you want to copy your tweets to, say, EverNote, you’d connect IFTTT’S Twitter channel with your Twitteraccpunt, then do the same re the EverNote channel. It’s easier if you log into the accounts, prior to visiting IFTTT. Essentially, the connection process = a couple of screens presented by IFTTT, so you can give IFTTT permission to access the accounts concerned.

2️⃣ Know that the configuration screens provided by IFTTT focus primarily on two factors:

  1. This: which channel has the data you want to access
  2. That: which channel will receive that data

In this instance, we want

  1. This: pull Twitter data / Twitter Channel
  2. That: and push it into an iOS Calendar / iOS Calendar channel

WalkThrough: Automating Twitter Tracking via IFTTT, using the iOS Calendar

✧︎︎︎ Setting up to create an applet

Look for your IFTTT account name in the upper-right section of the screen

The first step to creating an IFTTT applet

The first step to creating an IFTTT applet

Select your name, revealing a drop-diet menu. Choose New Applet.

After tapping on your name, select New Applet from the resulting drop-down menu.

After tapping on your name, select New Applet from the resulting drop-down menu.

✧︎︎︎ Select the Twitter Channel for the “this” Configuration

Tap on the blue “this”

As you type in “twitter”, the Twitter Channel appears. Tap on it.

✧︎︎︎ Give the system needed details

Choose “new tweet by you”

If you want these items, tapping the blank box enters a checkmark

If you want these items, tapping the blank box enters a checkmark

✧︎︎︎ Configuring the 2nd component: the “that”

Configuring the “that” component. Tap on “that”

Choose the iOS Calendar channel.

Maneuvering to the iOS Calendar channel, for your action/that service.

Maneuvering to the iOS Calendar channel, for your action/that service.

You get only one option. Tap on it to choose.

One option. Choose by tapping  it.

One option. Choose by tapping it.

✧︎︎︎ Deciding precisely what will appear in the iOS Calendar.

First, look at your options.

Your options for creating an iOS Calendar event. We'll change 4.

Your options for creating an iOS Calendar event. We’ll change 4.

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Change each of the marked 4 items.

  1. Enter the name of your specific iOS (sub-) Calendar to receive the data, i.e. iOS.Twitter. The calendar MUST exist BEFORE you enter its name.
  2. Under “Start Date”, tap the ADD INGREDIENT button. Select CreatedAt from the drop-down menu.
  3. Insert 0 (zero) in the Duration in Minutes field.
  4. You don’t want an alarm for this (simply logged) event. Delete the listed 15 minutes.

Congrats!

Tap on the Create action button, inspect the next screen, then test. Send a tweet. Allow IFTTT up to 15 minutes to do its thing. A notification should arrive when the Applet runs. Whether that does or does not transpire, check the designated calendar.