Learning to make my #IFTTT recipes work
I have many people tell me how much they love If This Than That (IFTTT), but so far I have had a little less success with them. I decide that I’d like to try to streamline things more in the coming year and an idea I have for a resolution means that there are some things I’d like to have captured with little effort on my part. That’s where I thought I would turn to IFTTT to make this happen.
I wanted to create a recipe, which is a series of actions in IFTTT that basically follow the rule that IF this online tool does/tracks/performs THIS action THEN I want THAT other online tool to do something with that information. So an example, assuming you haven’t explored this site yet is, IF I post a picture on Facebook (THIS), THEN I want the picture saved to my Flickr account (THAT). You can set up unlimited recipes in all sorts of configurations, based on all sorts of variables for over 70 different types of online tools/apps. That is a lot of automation you can add to capturing your own specified data.
In the pasted when I looked at it, I either didn’t utilize many of the apps or they weren’t available for Canadians to use. However, I did create a few recipes to give it a try and see if I could collect some important information for myself. After that, and today again, I realized that several of my recipes were not working.
My first step:
I took a screenshot of my recipe (one to collect tweets with a certain hashtag) and a screenshot of an example tweet. I shared this with some people I know are more familiar with it and they agreed that it looked okay. Perhaps it was the recent changes to the Twitter API. Answer: no, apparently IFTTT was making changes so that this wouldn’t be an issue for capturing data.
Test all my recipes for validity. Which worked and which didn’t and what was common amongst them. - All that didn’t work were triggering something to happen in Evernote. If my friends think that Twitter is fine…then what is with Evernote.
Click on the Evernote icon on my IFTTT recipe. Nope – that took me into my Evernote account that I was signed into.
Logout of Evernote and try to click the icon again. Nope – that took me to the Evernote site to login.
Login to Evernote. Check my Account Settings. – Ah Ha – There is a tab for Applications and I know from Facebook that many applications need access granted to be able read/write data to your account
I scanned the applications that are granted access to my Evernote account and IFTTT is not one of them. - Ah Ha – So how do I grant access. I remember I did this once when I first signed into IFTTT and set up my first recipe that included Evernote.
Delete a recipe from IFTTT that included Evernote and turned off all the rest.
Recreate a recipe and see if it now asks me to “login/grant permission” to Evernote. – Nope
Scan IFTTT website for Account Settings similar to what I saw on my Evernote website. – Nope, but what is this CHANNELS thing in the upper right corner.
EUREKA!!!! Evernote is listed as offline.
Click on the Edit Settings button.
Click on the Authorize button.
Turn recipe in IFTTT with Evernote back on.
Test recipe. – YES, that little yellow box means the recipe now works.
Check in my Evernote notebook to see if the tweet that met the recipe specifications was now captured. – No. Arggg, what’s wrong. Perhaps it’s because the tweet I am testing with was created before I successfully got the recipe to work?
Send out tweet again with specifications that should allow it to be captured by IFTTT and posted into my Evernote notebook.
Check IFTTT recipe Activity Log to see it it worked. – YES – ah ha, I have figured it out.
Check Evernote notebook to see if tweet is captured. – Yes – MUCH SUCCESS.
Turn all my other Evernote recipes back on.
Start making a whole much more new recipes for the new year.