Twitter and IFTTT Kiss and Make Up


Twitter and IFTTT have made peace; or, at the very least, the two companies have worked together to create some new, awesome triggers, which IFTTT officially unveiled today.

If you’re scratching your head and wondering what all that means, we’ve got you covered. Twitter, as you might recall, is a ubiquitous microblogging service. IFTTT, which stands for “If This, Then That,” is a website that allows you to create links between different services based on rules and triggers. For example, you can tell IFTTT to flick your Philips Hue smart lights on and off whenever ESPN indicates that your favorite team has scored. Or, if you prefer a less dramatic approach, IFTTT can send a notification to Android.

Twitter and IFTTT had a bit of a falling out in 2012, when Twitter tightened up the policies for its API and ended up killing off some of the more useful ways you could interact with the service via IFTTT—including ways you could use IFTTT to save topical tweets to cloud storage. IFTTT brought back new Twitter triggers last year that were more in line with Twitter’s API restrictions, but it just wasn’t the same.

Today’s triggers, however, bring IFTTT and Twitter back to the old days, a move that’s sure to please those who have been upset about the loss of the prior functionality ever since. Now, you can chain Twitter to Google Docs and have IFTTT automatically populate a spreadsheet with any tweets that include a specific hashtag. You can also run a search on Twitter and update Slack with the results you’ve found.

If you want to get a little crazier, you can set up an IFTTT rule that allows you to receive a daily emailed digest of tweets that were posted from a particular location, assuming Twitter users have geo-tagging enabled. You can also do the same for anyone who sends a tweet from a particular neighborhood (useful for when your neighbors are complaining on Twitter about your house party).

Other rules include the ability to receive a notification on your Android or Apple smartphone whenever a particular person you like tweets out a message. And, of course, the ability to have your Philips Hue lights blink whenever someone mentions you on Twitter (here’s hoping you’re not super popular, lest your living room turn into a rave).

To take advantage of these new features, be sure to check out IFTTT’s blog post, where you’ll be able to add them into your IFTTT roster of rules with just a few mouse clicks.

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