“If This, Then That” (IFTTT, pronounced as IFT) is the best way to automate tasks and connect different parts of your internet social ventures.
I think it’s best explained with an example:
I use Diigo (see earlier post: Why I love Diigo) but also like the functionality that Evernote offers. I did not want to have two separate curating and archiving tools, I want them to talk to eachother. IFTTT can do that:
I heard a good analogy, but I can’t remember where. I think it was in a podcast.
The presenter said that Google+ is like the BlueRay discs and Facebook is like the good old DVDs that every one has. BlueRay discs were/are touted as the next big thing, better quality, better storage, better everything, just like Google+. But in spite of BlueRay possibly being better, everyone sticks with their old DVDs. They are cheap, good, plentiful and easy. Same with Facebook. Everyone is on it, we know it, it’s easy. Google+ may be better, but why change? Many of us are already suffering from information overload, you’d need a really good reason to add / replace an online social network.
Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction – NYTimes.com
Great article with plenty of food for thought. Below are my highlighted sections:
On YouTube, “you can get a whole story in six minutes,” he explains. “A book takes so long. I prefer the immediate gratification.”
Researchers say the lure of these technologies, while it affects adults too, is particularly powerful for young people. The risk, they say, is that developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains to constantly switching tasks — and less able to sustain attention. Continue reading