I am reading an excellent article on the JamieTodd Rubin web site re “Going paperless”, he has a long list of items that advocate the paperless society, or more to the point him. But it’s one of the hints he mentions that I find very cool, it’s the use of IFTTT, or “if this, then this”, which is a site that needs some explanation.
First it’s as the title suggests, you lay simple rules down within the site, these rules rely upon you making links to other sites, if a word or tag is seen on the linked site, then it takes action, take one of my rules for instance.
I have a rule on ifttt that says if I put @*** any where in a diary note on my google account, it will automatically make a new note in Evernote, 15 mins before the start time, ready for a meeting, it takes all the information on the calendar note, and embeds it into the head of the note. As an instance, I have just been to the Ecobuild exhibition at Villa ground, as soon as i’m there I open my iPhone and load up Evernote, sure enough the new note is there, ready, I start using the voice recorder photo to take notes of any stand I take a fancy to, in this case two caught my eye, one on a new gutter system, and one on Grey water. Once home I make a few more tags, check I have all I want to add, and it’s ready.
It’s so simple to set up these rules, and it does make you use a paperless system more. There are a lot of links to be made, Flickr are now part, so is google, and Evernote, so for me there is a great deal of automated information I can set up for all three sites.