How To Video: Automate tasks for popular Web services
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How To Video: Automate tasks for popular Web services

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Create tasks with If This Then That, so that when something happens on one Web service, it triggers an action on another.

-What if you can get a text message every time when posting apartment listing on Craigslist or maybe you would like to automatically backup Facebook photos to you Dropbox. I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com here to show you how to use a web app called If This Then That, which lets automate task for web services like Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, Flicker, and more. If This Then That or If as they like to call it is based on the simple logic of its name. If this happens one services, then do that on another services. Here's how it works. Head to ifttt.com and there's some new account information and once you confirm your e-mail address, you will see the dashboard. To start things up, click create a task. On the next page, click this and you will see a couple dozen web services, more being added, but If This Then That added of the most popular ones first. Also, you will need to activate most of the channels before you can use them, but only the first time around. So, as an example, today I'll make to that whenever I favored a tweet, the article from that tweet will be added to Instapaper, which is really useful for me since I get a lot of news from twitter, but can't always read right away. To do that, first, I'm going to select twitter. If you haven't activated it yet, you will need to do so now. So, now you're presented with many triggers. For this, I'll select new favorite tweet, then create trigger. To select an action channel, click that. I'm going to select Instapaper, then read later for the action. If This Then That peels this section out for you. So, just create action, give your task a name, and then click create. Now, whenever I favor to tweet, it will be added to my Instapaper account. You can create hundreds of combinations for task, but if you go to the recipe section, you will see that many people have already created many useful ones for you. Just filter by service and when you find the task you want, click the arrow, then create task to enable it. I personally like that the site uses text message actions notifying you via SMS about anything from a new post on Craigslist to your brand new how blog on cnet.com. Clear on with the task and recipes and let me know, which useful ones you find by tweeting me or leaving a comment on my Facebook page. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the interwebs.

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