The Absolute Basics, Applicable to Every IFTTT “Applet”
IFTTT’s prowess lies in its ability to marry services. As usual, ya gotta tell the minister about the couple, i.e. who’s marrying whom.
1️⃣ Connections: IFTTT with xyz
Connect your account with IFTTT. Example: if you want to copy your tweets to, say, EverNote, you’d authorize IFTTT’S Twitter channel to use your Twitter accpunt, then do the same re the EverNote channel. It’s easier if you log into the accounts, just 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 IFTTT’s helpful configuration screens
Know that the configuration screens provided by IFTTT focus primarily on two factors:
- This: which channel has the data you want to access
- That: which channel will receive that data
In this instance, we want
- This: pull Twitter data / Twitter Channel
- That: and push it into an iOS Calendar / iOS Calendar channel
WalkThrough: Automating Twitter Tracking via IFTTT, using the iOS Calendar
It takes longer to explain the steps than to perform them.
✧︎︎︎ Setting up, to create an applet
Look for your IFTTT account name in the upper-right section of the screen
Select your name, revealing a drop-diet menu. Choose New Applet.
✧︎︎︎ Select the Twitter Channel for the “THIS” Configuration
✧︎︎︎ Give the system the requested details
✧︎︎︎ Configuring the 2nd component: the “THAT”
Choose the iOS Calendar channel.
You get only one option. Tap on it to choose.
✧︎︎︎ Deciding precisely what will appear in the iOS Calendar.
First, look at your options.
Change each of the marked 4 items.
- 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.
- Under “Start Date”, tap the ADD INGREDIENT button. Select CreatedAt from the drop-down menu.
- Insert 0 (zero) in the Duration in Minutes field.
- You don’t want an alarm for this (simply logged) event. Delete the listed 15 minutes.
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.