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make the web work for you, with ifttt

teacher avatar Philip Campbell, web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow

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8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. 1.0 - introduction to ifttt

    • 2. 1.1 - what can ifttt do for you?

    • 3. 1.2 - five niche areas of ifttt

    • 4. 1.3 - but what would i want to get notified?

    • 5. 1.4 - cooking up my own recipe!

    • 6. 1.5 - do the project!

    • 7. 1.6 - the roundup on ifttt

    • 8. 1.7 - share, retweet, get premium!

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ever wanted to switch that new fancy heating system on when you leave work?
how about drop people a message when you leave work?
what about search for a keyword on your favorite virtual working site?
how would you like to search hundreds of digital recipes that link your hardware with real world websites, devices and actions?

if the answer is 'hell yeah!'

then 'if this, then that' is for you. it's time to take your digital skills to the next level by learning digital ninja skills of automating elements of your digital life so that to you can spend more time enjoying your own analog one away from the worry that things are done, activated or that your informed.

let's automate elements of our digital life! :)

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Philip Campbell

web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow


brand new for 2022 | let's decentralize our content into web 3

i'm an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet!



hitting the road, working mobile, exploring across the uk and america! remote working 

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1. 1.0 - introduction to ifttt: Welcome back to a new course today. We'll be looking at I f t t t. If then then that is one of many concierge services that enable devices and APs to perform actions, mainly automated actions. Once you've set up the recipe for inaction, it goes away and does the action interfaces with another application or piece of software going to show you some examples of connecting APS and devices together with this, then that statements some example, recipes that have been made so that you can use them totally free. You don't have to come up with the recipe there thousands and thousands of recipes that people have already made that you can use with your existing APS and hardware. I'm gonna discuss the power of Internet of things, Iot tea and some of those recipes. And I'm also going to look at a custom recipe that I recently put together so that I get updates around a certain keyword from up work, which is a virtual service for working for freelancers on how to get notified of those jobs faster. So let's get it into this course 2. 1.1 - what can ifttt do for you?: so I f t T t. Has over 375 different services with thousands of recipes. Like I said, Ready to go. So that's 375 websites devices, pieces of hardware like thermostats, things that you can interact with through different services through different absolute can connect piece of software with a piece of hardware, which seven goes and stores that record in a Google spreadsheet. So it's kind of automating various actions or getting your application or your hardware to talk to all the devices. So for Internet of things, automation for lighting systems, for thermostats being else to turn down your thermostat. And a lot of these are geo activated as well. So we do have GPS geo location on our smart devices now. So there is some great recipes in there turning off your heating when you leave work or or messaging somebody via Skype or some of the platform to let them know that you have left work or you're arriving home so sort of background processes that you can activate almost magically that just sit there in the background, waiting for certain actions toe happen, and you can trigger them in different ways. Geo being a really powerful version of it, basically connecting hardware with a cloud software based. So you might get something like the Philips Hue light bulb, which is a Internet connected lightbulb. When you might be thinking, Well, why would I even want an Internet connected lightbulbs So you can do certain things like turn on mood lighting for certain times of day? Or you can have it turned on when you arrive in the driveway. Various different actions that are built around you So you decide or randomly turn on those lights when you're not at home at certain times of the day to make it look like I f T T. T is about making you more productive toe automate those common actions and to get alerting on it to get notifications on a lot of the time these Internet of things devices, they do the job, but you don't necessarily know that it's done it. And so this platform is really to connect those things together, make you a little bit more productive because you're informed of the information and get notifications. Push notifications when those events have triggered. So some applications where I F T T T is really powerful things like news alerts during the search for certain kinds of things for news alerts. Might be flights information. It might be a specific. That's landing it. Maybe somebody used traveling. You've got their whole itinerary. So you know if they've landed safely, things like staying healthy. So the fitness bands that you can get thes days getting good reporting from now information that comes out of that fit fitness tracker on a daily basis sent it to a Google spreadsheet so you can track a monitoring your calorie and take the amount of steps you done. Things like that shopping smarter, having the ability to look for things that are reduced, discounted in some way, having something that actively runs in the background, aggregating those prices. And so I c I f t t t. As kind of like a digital utility belt allows you to interface in lots of different applications and create recipes. If recipes don't exist 3. 1.2 - five niche areas of ifttt: some of the areas that will talk about i f t t t dot com four slash IOS On school location is a whole series of location based recipes, so things like turning on your heating when you're getting to home. Turning on the lights when you're not there on off geo location is a really extremely powerful thing, because if you're in certain places, or if you're wanting to alert people in the family that you've left work or you've got on a plane, you can create a whole series of events notifications that happen when you're either in that place where you've left that place. And I think that's really powerful because it's a background event that's happening on your phone. Is your phones in your pocket you're not really taking attention of it. You move outside of a geo fence, so basically imagine yourself say in Times Square. When you move outside of Times Square outside of the G O fence area that you've selected, then it triggers the event or born. You move into the area. It triggers the events, is very, very powerful that if you're in certain areas of the world or Europe, work or your home or you're in a coffee shop, you can trigger certain actions. Imagine Ben off to tweet, for instance, when you leave a coffee shop just so that you can say you checked in there, build some kind of recipe to check into foursquare when you leave automatically, without having to worry about checking in on us and getting the digital advantages off. Being a digital citizen who visited that place of the people know that you visited that place. Maybe they'll actually for recommendations or when they visit that town or city, they concede different areas where you checked in and it happened all automatically. Another area would be Skype. Skype is a massive video communication tool that is used by millions of people across the globe for free. Mainly, you can get all kinds of different recipes and plug ins. You could get weather plug ins, the message in the morning as soon as you start to use Scott to let you know what the weather is going to be like schools from your your favorite sports football news, obviously leaving work. All of these things could be integrated into these applications. That's what makes I F T T T. Really powerful is that you can link different platforms with different platforms, things that never really talked together before. There's now ability to interface to bridge those together. So when something happens on one side, it activates something on another. So Skype is a very popular platform, and you can find a lot of recipes on I f T T T. For that. Another one is four square going back to the Geo location, I said at the beginning. So Geo location in general, in a place you can run on automation on that, another one that people use a lot newsletter. Piece of software is male chimps. So if you make newsletters now, you can amp them up by like 1000%. Because you could do a lot more than just capturing somebody's email address. When you capture email address now, you can trigger certain actions. May be right that email into a spreadsheet. Maybe send it to somebody else on your team to let know that somebody signed up, published that into another platform, which then captured them for sending a series of emails instead of just one emails. As soon as they sign up and you trigger a variety of different actions. Maybe you send them a tweeted custom tweet with their name in a whole different area spectrum of things that you can build. Once you have an activation, you can then trigger an automation. On top of that, there's a lot of manufacturers out there. A lot of hardware manufacturers out there. G E L G boomer Samsung. We mow World Pool. They all have applications, software that link with their I OT devices. Their Internet, I think, devices reasonable amount of support for their devices. You're starting to see washing machines and fridges that conduce self ordering, and all of these things can link into verite of the sites to let them know. So, for instance, you could imagine in the future in the very near future, in fact, like a fridge that knows what's inside of it on what you actually need to reorder and have the ability to send you a notification and say, Hey, you're out of buttered. You want me to reorder this via Amazon, and it will be delivered tomorrow so you can imagine somebody's gonna incredibly busy live being out to automate certain areas of light. Depending on the tools I've got from their fitness, their their health that their food requirements 4. 1.3 - but what would i want to get notified?: All right, then. So recipes budget Electron ICS are making it really accessible now for things like environmental control and monitoring. If you've ever wanted to do environment or monitoring of your house or the air quality, things like that really easy to do now because the cost of those electronic says has fallen through the floor and the access of it is for everybody, so you could build yourself a respirator. Pie units have that actively onto the Internet through your router and do a whole bunch of different recipes for environmental controls from little bits of hardware. Internet of things harbor that you can buy relatively cheaply and interface that into your notification system. So you get all that information. Push to your to your devices your smart devices, your iPad or your smartphone. You could do a lot of things these days with automating your social media by posting updates from your sales browsing. So, for instance, the sales example you might have a sale that comes in from your website. Who do you need to notify about that? Is there anything that you can trigger based on the amount of that sale, The pocket browsing example is that you might be just scanning the news after him at your working day from 95 you want to have a look at a specific thing later on. You can push that to another application or even put that into a spreadsheet is, well, list all those articles that you need to read that there's a serious amount of recipes on there that can help you not just automate your social media, but kind of aggregated as well, and push that into other places. There's recipes on there to keep you motivated with your fitness to track toe update to remind now being able to track your fitness levels to see where you you went off to see if you checked into a certain place on foursquare. You went for a big meal, your calorie your steps went down your color, it went up. You get updates to remind you to do some some fitness, and you can even use that to kind of crowd sourced all the people to get them together to come together to train. So that kind of helps you a state motivated. Stay focused on your fitness levels as thousands of recipes that neighborhood to do that. Also, for finances and payments. Getting notifications when things have been paid. Keeping a list of those outgoings for your Internet service is tracking email. There's a whole raft of different tracking abilities. Save ordered something from Amazon. You can now get push notifications that go through different platform. Get an email sent it to a family member, features that are not necessarily in the platforms that you use. That kind of add on features that activate other applications to talk to your existing applications. So, for instance, what I mean by all the list. So imagine the Tessler connected home, for instance, getting information on the battery level of your car. Information of all the home services that happening, the charging of your batteries that getting information back from the whole of the test test alarm management system about background optimization. It's not just a box in a room. You're actually be able to use those resources when it tells you the batteries that it's full and you might be able to sell that back to the grid, or how much money am I going to get back from the grid? So this is really a way off taking those Beijing dark boxes that are sitting in the corner of your house that are connected to the Internet full time, 24 7 And then we're starting to have the Internet of thing boxes that sitting around the house that are connected 24 7 finding out what they're doing, what they're up to and how you can get the most from them. And if you can put those into different applications that you use as you go about your digital lifestyle, then it can. They can enhance your productivity in terms of knowing how to micro manage those on a on A on a smaller level. 5. 1.4 - cooking up my own recipe!: so a recipe that I made recently is one of the reasons why I set up. This course really is. I wanted to get notified quicker off jobs that were appearing on a site that I use called up. So there's a lot of jobs that pop up, therefore video editors and podcasters of voice over stuff. A lot of the work that's on there is either coming from America or Australia, and sometimes I'm behind by six hours or eight hours. And the job was posted 10 hours ago and is already 15 proposals put in that might not be interviewing anybody for the job, but there'll be 15 proposals put in there. I wanted to find a way of how could I get those jobs as soon as they went up. So I built myself a recipe to search for video edits or video variety of different keywords and then search my RSS feed cause you get given an RSS feed off your particular searches inside of upward, and then I send the update to a thing called Pushover. Pushover is a push notification system which is connected to my IOS desktop, various other applications so that as soon as something is posted, I get a update straight away. So if I'm early to get into that job, I've got more chance of getting so. They're fairly straightforward to make the if statements this one was just picking RSS feed , give it the link, given the keyword and then select the service. I wanted to output or push the message that there was an update to which was awfully pushover. So using the RSS feed to push over service, I can get real time push notifications and then on the push oversight, I can say when I want to get those notifications. Obviously don't want to get them at 1 a.m. in the morning till sort of 78 o'clock in the morning until I wake up. So getting my proposal in faster gives me more chance of getting the work because somebody's out there looking for somebody to do the job. They may want to urgent. So getting my proposal in faster give me more chance of getting the work. And the reason why that is, is that a lot of people send in proposals for the job of maybe 10 or 15 proposals I might be on the back end of those proposals and that I might not get my proposal even looked at. And so if I don't if I don't get in early enough, they might not make a snap decision on this person's responded in an hour or half on hour. That might go for just the 1st 5 people that respond quickly. Look at your profile. See if you are a good fit and you might have more opportunity to get the job. If you're on the back end of 20 or 30 or even sort of 40 pose. ALS is probably less chance of you even getting looked at so you could make one. You could make a recipe similar for this for automating your social updates. News collection If you're looking for certain news articles and getting these things push to you as well, so you can you can imagine the scope of this if there's areas of your digital life that you're struggling with, that you want to automate and the systems all over the web to do this. But I f T T T. Has been around for the longest time, and it has a serious amount off services that are already to be plugged into 6. 1.5 - do the project!: so do take part in their five step projects. Go to your project in the bar below. Put an awesome project title in the project. Works based. Be creative. Include pictures and the steps that you talk to build your recipe on I f t t T. Pick a sweet cover image. If you don't have any images, go to know Murdoch Pictures. Download an image for free click, Save sweet and you're done. 7. 1.6 - the roundup on ifttt: So the round of them we looked at the processes you can put in place, toe automate and added productivity to your daily digital life. That's 375 services currently on I f T T t sure to be something on there that you already own, an app that you already own. An Internet of things box a little thermostat plugged into the wall. There's gotta be something on there that you own that you can connect to something else. And it's quite a magical thing when you start to get data out of something that you never had before. And then you can start to think I maybe I can activate this into another thing. And then the creativity starts in terms of making the recipes I hope of inspired you to take the next step to amplify your digitally connected devices, get more out of them, actually, get some reporting notifications, stuff coming out of it. Please consider a premium Sign up online training, Doc, click four slash me. It really helped me out. Help me get up the algorithm on skill share and get noticed. 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