You should be looking for ways to protect your two most precious assets – your brain and your time. Use IFTTT to save yourself from social media congestion.
In an ideal world you’ll have the time to look at your routine tasks and browse through the channels at ifttt.com to create your own custom solutions. However the ready-made solution may fit just right. Take a look at these existing IFTTT recipes that other people have found useful and re-purpose them for yourself. Even if they don’t fit perfectly they may spark an idea to create something new…
IFTTT for social interactions
The key to using IFTTT for social media is to remember that your interactions should remain social; it’s only the routine tasks behind the scenes that can be automated. If you break that rule you risk your smile appearing robotic.
So, updating profile pictures across platforms? A simple task perfect for automation; it may even encourage you to update your pictures more often. On the other hand, auto-posting content while ignoring replies and with no regard to what else is going on in the world…? You’d be automating the life out of your social media presence. So choose what works for you.
- If you change your Facebook profile picture, then update Twitter profile picture
- If you take an Instagram picture, then post it to Twitter as a native Twitter picture
- If you are tagged in photos on Facebook, then download the photo to Dropbox
- If [a competitor] creates a blog post about [subject], then send yourself an email
- If you send a tweet, then add it to a Google Spreadsheet
- If you add a new post to Buffer, then add it to a Google Calendar view
- If you mark a video ‘Watch Later’ on Vimeo, then save it to Pocket
- If you post a pin on Pinterest, then add the image to Twitter
- If you tag an Instagram image, then send it to your Facebook Page
- If an entry is added to Google Calendar with the title ‘ScheduleTweet’, then tweet the Description
I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t like automating social media. This sounds like a noble stance as it identifies the importance of the social aspect. However, there’s an opportunity to look more closely and see what parts of the process can be stripped away using IFTTT recipes. This should leave you time to concentrate on the areas that do benefit from a human touch.