IFTTT is a unique service which allows users to make very powerful connections with one very simple statement.

IFTTT is an acronym for If This Then That. It is a service that allows web users to create very powerful connections between different applications such as overtone, dropbox, weather, Facebook, etc., making use of conditioning statements known as recipe. Launched in 2010 by Liden Tibbet, IFTTT allows its users to create and share recipes that have a close relationship with the statement If This Then That. The “This” in the statement is known as Trigger the “That” in the statement is known as the Action. IFTTT creates Triggers and Action for well over 80 channels such as Flikr, Twitter, Box, Foursquare, etc. When IFTTT is combined with other great services like Yahoo!pipes, it allows the building of an elaborate system that makes the consumption of data from multiple sources quite easy. IFTTT added an iPhone service in July 2013 with features like contacts, iOS photos and reminders. All these are available on https://ifttt.com/.


Triggers- these are the “this” recipe. Examples of triggers include; I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook or I check in on Foursquare.

Actions- an action is the “that” recipe. Examples of actions are; send me a text message or create a status message on Facebook.

Ingredients- these are pieces of data from a Trigger and examples are the ingredients of an email which can be; subject, body, attachment, receive date, and sender’s address.

Recipes– a combination of an Action and a Trigger from your active channels make up a personal recipe. Shared recipes on the other hand refer to all useful templates shared by IFTTT community.

On/Off– personal recipes can be turned on and off. They pick as if they have just been created when turned back on.

Polling Period– new Trigger data are checked by most personal recipes every 15 minutes, some even checked more frequently than 15 minutes.