Automating Systems Alerts with IFTTT

I was looking for a way to automatically post my Delicious bookmarks to my blog and my friend John LeMasney asked me if I had tried IFTTT yet. IFTTT is a site that lets you program automated actions on the web!

IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement:

If this, then that.

We call ‘this’ the Trigger, and ‘that’ the Action. Together, it is a Recipe.

IFTTT is pronounced like “Lift” without the “L.”

I can see a lot of great systems librarian uses for this tool as well. You can set it up to notify you based on RSS feeds or calendars or so many other things.

For example, if your library uses Google Apps for email and docs you might want to set up a IFFT that notifies you whenever a Google App changes status (like when Gmail is down) before your librarians start calling you to complain.

The full list of channels will probably give you plenty of ideas on how to make your systems life easier.

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