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Synchronising your social media accounts | IFTTT time saving tool
Synchronising your social media accounts

Synchronising your social media accounts

If like me, you use different online channels to share new content, you can save yourself a big chunk of time by synchronising your social media accounts with a clever tool called IFTTT.

When you create new content, you want as many people as possible to see it so you share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Digg, and so on. You may also share other people’s content that you find interesting, particularly on collection style websites like Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Digg. That’s a lot of time spent at your smartphone or keyboard posting online. IFTTT allows you to synchronise these accounts using recipes that you can make youself, or choose from the library of user created content.

Getting started

Go to http://ifttt.com and sign up for an account. Add your profile information for all the supported channels that you use. Click here to see my content sharing ideas post for a rundown of some of the top sharing channels.

ifthisthenthat recipes

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a coder to use IFTTT. IFTTT can be used for synchronising your social media accounts using their recipes. you activate the channels you use and choose or create the recipes you want to use. Recipes include a trigger and an action. If the trigger occurs, something happens.

If there is a new post on a WordPress Blog, post to Facebook.
If the time is 9:00am, post a custom message to Twitter
If a new pin is made on a board on Pinterest, post pin to WordPress
If Red Bull post a new video, email me

At the moment, it is not possible to include more than one action; You cannot use recipes to create multiple actions based on one event so you may ind yourself using or creating lots of recipes. You can however chain together the supported channels to achieve a near automated system.

There is a premium option in the pipeline and I am looking forward to seeing what features are added to this. Go and check out IFTTT, see if you can save yourself some time by synchronising your social media accounts.

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