IFTTT

If you’re reading this you’ll know I run three websites; DarrinNightingale // ScreenWriter, LessBeauty // MoreBrains and LessBeauty // MoreBrains². Both // MoreBrains and // MoreBrains² are image based sites fed by Flickr accounts. I set them up this way for a couple of reasons but primarily it made it easy to post to WordPress on the go. At the time the WordPress app was clumsy and emailing images directly to WordPress was unpredictable. It was hard to control how the image looked in the finished post. Doing it through Flickr allowed me to email an image, have it auto-post to WordPress and with a little tweaking of templates, get it to appear perfectly. I’ve been doing it like this for about two years but recently Flickr withdrew support for WordPress form their “Sharing & Extending” options. When I heard they were doing this I thought I’d have to start doing everything manually. But no. A trek round the internet brought me to IFTTT. IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement; if this, then that. They call “this” the Trigger and “that” the Action. Together, that’s a Recipe. I love it. It allows me to post to Flickr and have my IFTTT receipt post directly to WordPress. It’s even easier than the way I was doing it before. At the moment I have just one receipt, posting from Flickr to // MorBrains but as there are a multitude of channels with an infinite number of combinations, who knows what uses I will be putting it to. What had the potential to be a minor disaster has been solved by something I have the feeling will become an invaluable tool.

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