The Next Web: From Yahoo! Pipes to Zapier: A brief history of web app automation. “In 2020, just about everyone has used — or at least heard of — apps like Zapier, IFTTT, and Integromat, or at least used built-in automation tools and workflow builders inside apps like Slack. For many businesses, automation is a non-optional investment. If they want to compete in their industry, then automation is a must. But how did we get there? How exactly has business process automation evolved? When did it take over the workplace? And what’s next, now that seemingly every app has automation built-in?”
The Verge: IFTTT introduces Pro subscriptions, limits free version to three applets. “IFTTT, a perennial favorite of smart home tinkerers everywhere, is going Pro. That means paid subscriptions for faster and more sophisticated IFTTT applets that can query more data sources to trigger multiple actions in the home. The free version will stick around but is now limited to just three applets — only Pro subscribers will be able to create unlimited personal applets.” I currently have seventeen active IFTTT applets, so this was a no-brainer for me. I hope to get some time to play with it and then share details with you.
MakeUseOf: How to Use IFTTT Applets With Advanced Filters to Superpower Your Tasks . “IFTTT is a great way to automate your everyday processes on your computer, your phone, and your smart home. But its basic functionality is somewhat limited. There is a way to create more advanced IFTTT applets that only run under certain conditions. We’ll show you how, using an option called Filters in the IFTTT developer platform.”
MakeUseOf: 10 IFTTT Google Assistant Recipes to Boost Productivity. “Staying productive is hard. Often, the sheer number of tools that we choose to use in the name of efficiency has a detrimental effect. That’s why services like IFTTT are so essential. They can remove the need for manual input, instead letting you automate large parts of your workflow. Today, it’s time to put Google Assistant under the microscope. How can IFTTT and Google Assistant work in tandem to make you more productive? Let’s take a look at 10 Google Assistant recipes on IFTTT.”
Engadget: IFTTT loses some Gmail triggers on March 31st . “Google’s push to tighten third-party API access is already going to cost the world Google+, but a change that more of you might notice is coming to IFTTT. The service sent out emails alerting users that their “recipe” scripts involving Gmail triggers and an action that could create a draft will go away as of March 31st. According to Google, the shift is a result of the Project Strobe sweep it announced last October.”
How-To Geek: What is Microsoft Flow?. “As part of Microsoft’s push towards cloud and mobile apps, they’ve invested in several cloud-only additions to the old familiar Office apps. One of these is Flow, a trigger-based system for creating automated workflows.” Nice overview.
Nieman Labs: The New York Times has shut down its customizable keyword email alerts feature ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Nieman Labs: The New York Times has shut down its customizable keyword email alerts feature ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. “The New York Times has sunset those custom email alerts to Times stories, that users could tailor based on keywords of their interests. The feature, which met its unceremonious end Tuesday, March 13, was being used by less than half a percent of users, according to a Times spokesperson. From the outside, it didn’t seem like MyAlerts was a huge technical lift to maintain, but ‘much of the technology powering MyAlerts was built in the early 2000s.’” Happily this functionality can be replicated in IFTTT.
IFTTT Blog: “Hey Cortana,” welcome to IFTTT. “Today, we are thrilled to announce that Microsoft’s Cortana is now on IFTTT and to welcome new communities of voice users to the flexibility of Applets. Available as a mobile app, Windows 10 app, and speaker — Cortana is ready to help wherever you go.”
Lifehacker: Use IFTTT to Find Cheap and Free Video Games Online. “If This Then That is great for everything from managing your savings to archiving your favorite songs on Spotify, but did you know you can also use it to find free video games? There are dozens of applets (IFTTT’s name for any combination of triggers and actions used through the service) designed to help you track gaming giveaways.”
IFTTT has made some updates to its Google Docs and Google Drive service. “Historically, Applets that interact with Google Sheets or Google Docs have fallen under the umbrella of Google Drive. Today, we’re excited to introduce new, separate services for Google Sheets and Google Docs — and some big improvements to the original Google Drive service.”
TechCrunch: Roomba gets IFTTT functionality. “Robot’s been talking a lot about its plans to make the Roomba an essential part of the connected home. The process has been a bit slow going — the company added WiFi connectivity in 2015 and Alexa functionality this year — but it’s getting there, slowly but surely. Today, the world’s best selling robotic vacuum takes another important step with the addition of IFTTT functionality.”
IFTTT is so big at this point that it has to do monthly roundups. “It’s hard to decide what’s more exciting: adding a new service to a robust category, such as smart lighting — or launching a service that’s the first of its kind. Luckily, we don’t have to choose, and July saw new service launches in both groups! Here’s what’s new.”