IFTTT – automate the internets

If This Then That (IFTTT) allows you to easily create business rules to automate tasks on the internet. Its actually really easy to use – you simply click on the two services that you want to sync, and select some basic predefined business rules. For many of the things you want to do, someone in the community has probably thought of it and already created a recipe. It looks a bit more intimidating to use than it actually is. Just go to “browse” and start looking through some recipes.

IFTTT logo

Here are some recipes that I am using. I’ve been running them for a few months now.

1. Save Twitter Favourites to Pocket app: Tweets containing links that I favourite I can read later on the Pocket reading app. I usually don’t have time to read it right when I see it. As twitter is a fast media consumption app where I skim through tweets. I also usually use twitter on the go. I’d like to have a bit more time to read longer articles so I will favourite a tweet and want to come back to it later. Pocket is a great app for saving links and you can create a list of articles. You can also archive ones you have read. Using IFTTT I can combine the best of both worlds with this recipe. You can find the recipe here in my public profile.


2. Save Evernote links to Google Drive: It creates a row in a spreadsheet in google drive. So I can refer to it later on.

3. Save Buffer shares to Evernote: I can keep track of all the social media links I’m sharing and there’s a record of it.

IFTTT buffer shares to evernote

4. Save Pocket app links to Evernote: So I can search for these links in evernote.

I’m also running cloudhq to sync my google drive to dropbox. It seems faster and more reliable than IFTTT. Though I need to test it further.

Hi Mom recipe!

This is probably the best one I’ve come across and the funniest. Its what prompted this blog post. I figured that most people don’t know what IFTTT so I wanted to give an intro to my readers (plus its just an awesome service).

When you check in foursquare, it emails your mom/mum that you have checked in and you can tell her where you are for extra brownie points. So you can reap the benefits of a special meal next time you’re home!



Final note

I use a lot of online services from evernote, google drive, dropbox, buffer. It feels like they are siloed. IFTTT, CloudHQ and other similar services provide a way to automate, backup and share information easily. It allows me to easily plug into and connect services without any programming required.

I’m very bullish on these services as information is become more fragmented. My pictures are on instagram or my checkins are on foursquare, but there’s no one place for me to find them. I feel like I’m building all this information in various places. That’s fine because with IFTTT, it connects them together. Its like the invisible plumbing of the internet and makes these services even more useful.

I highly recommend you to check out IFTTT. Let me know what your favourite recipe is!

I’m out like cookbook recipes,

Matt Ho

Cheap thrills on fiverr – getting a comic of yourself

Fiverr is one of those really interesting places on the internet. You can get any task done for $5. There are preset tasks such as drawing a comic, singing a birthday tune or writing a blog post to name a few. I’ve previously had mobile app advertising banners designed and snare drum sound effects created for our games.

Ho-duken Ryu

The final version of Ho-duken

For my bday, I bought a gig for $5 for a comic graphic of myself. I decided to get a Street Fighter 2 graphic done of Ryu. I’m actually more of a Ken fanboy, but I thought Ryu suited better given he’s Asian (unlike the blond haired ken). I showed them a few versions of pictures from Google Images and gave them some profile images.




I had 3 versions of this comic done and this was the final result. The problem was that the artist didn’t have a sideways facing profile shot of me. So I submitted the below pic and he based it on that.


Here are some of the out takes which has my head at a weird angle, plus my lips look a bit big (but hey this could be the truth!).


So if you are looking for some fun on the internet and a cheap thrill, I highly recommend checking out Fiverr and ordering some $5 gigs! If you want extra revisions or gigs, you can upgrade to buy the extras on fiverr. They are usually an extra $5 – $10.

Thanks for reading this blog and wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.

I’m out like Ryu’s fireball,

Link love: What I’m reading

I got this idea from the Servant of Chaos a while ago. Its a summary of interesting blog posts and articles I’ve come across recently.  I’ll try to keep this on the regular. It’ll be a mix of digital, social, economics, business models, travel, music and things that I like. I think it also shows a bit of who I am as well!

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