I shall assume that you all make some use of IFTTT, a.k.a. The Glue of the Internet. IFTTT (If This Then That) grabs things from various internet services and sends them to other services. Thus you can have all your Instagram photos sent to Flickr, or get a Boxcar push notification if its going to rain, or, or…
And IFTTT just added a couple of new services to the mix — Feedly, 500px and JetSetMe — plus one huge update to Gmail: support for attachments.
Lets take the Gmail news first. You could already use a new mail as a trigger and have IFTTT chop it up and send the parts to various services. I have mails that I tag with “OmniFocus” sent to my secret OmniFocus mail drop address, letting me quickly send them just by adding a message to a list in the Mailbox app.
Now you can have IFTTT grab any attachments and send them to, say, your Dropbox. This could be used to mail in photos from apps that don’t support Dropbox (I’m looking at you, iPhoto for iOS), or to save all files related to a project. Combined with Gmail’s server-side filters this is very powerful indeed.
The other biggie is the Feedly support. I use Google Reader with IFTTT to filter articles as I go. I tag recipes and they’re sent to Pinboard, I tag with a tag called ’trigger’ and the article is sent to OmniFocus, Readability (for access from Writing Kit) plus a few others. But Google Reader is retiring, so I need alternatives. And right now, Feedly looks like the front runner thanks to this new IFTTT integration.
It’s getting a little close for comfort, but — like Indiana Jones rolling under a slowly-closing stone door and reaching back for his dropped hat — I thing we might make it… Just.
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