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If This Then That - How IFTTT can work for you?

If This Then That - How IFTTT can work for you?


In episode 19 of the Law Enforcement Social Media podcast we talk about If This Then That and how it can work for you.  

What is IFTTT? 

IFTTT gives you creative control over the products and apps you love.

What are Recipes?

Recipes are simple connections between products and apps. There are two types of Recipes: DO Recipes and IF Recipes.

DO Recipes

DO Recipes run with just a tap and enable you to create your own personalized Button, Camera, and Notepad. The DO apps are available for iOS and Android.

IF Recipes

IF Recipes run automatically in the background. Create powerful connections with one simple statement — if this then that.

An example recipe: If I post a picture on Instagram, save the photo to Dropbox.


Channels are the basic building blocks of Recipes. Each Channel has its own Triggers and Actions.

  • Facebook
  • Evernote
  • Email
  • Weather
  • LinkedIn

View all 229 Channels


The if part of an IF Recipe is a Trigger. Some example Triggers are “You’re tagged in a photo on Facebook” or “You check in on Foursquare.”


The then part of an IF Recipe is an Action. Some example Actions are “send an email” or “create a status message on Facebook.”


Pieces of data from a Trigger are called Ingredients. For example, the Ingredients of an Email Trigger could be: subject, body, attachment, received date, and the sender’s address.

On / Off

IF Recipes can be turned on and off. When turned back on, they pick up as if they were just added.

Polling Period

Most IF Recipes check for new Trigger data every 15 minutes. Some Recipes run even faster.

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