Know How...

Nov 15th 2012

Know How... 20

Make the web work for you

Hosted by Iyaz Akhtar
Use IFTTT to make the web work for you with guest co-host Tom Merritt!
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Guests: Tom Merritt
Category: Help & How To

Use IFTTT to make the web work for you with guest co-host Tom Merritt!

We're going to use to move around our web content automatically. With, you can take your data from one site and set it do an action. It's easier to explain when you try it out.

First up, sign up for an account (it's free). From there, you'll be able to browse and create your own recipes. Here are some popular recipes:

We built a custom recipe so you can get an email every time TWiT publishes a TWiT Live Special.


We asked you guys "What's your favorite IFTTT recipe? #twitkh"

  • Patrick Delahanty: @iyaz I use IFTTT and my WeMo to control lights in my house. I had a light set up to flash under certain conditions like new email. #TWiTKH
  • Jesse: @iyaz Instagram to Skydrive or Google Drive. #twitkh
  • Kevin Kelly: @iyaz I use it to grab new columns by my favourite tech writers, like @ihnatko, and save it to Instapaper. #twitkh
  • Ashish Bogawat: @iyaz Save Google Reader starred items as PDF files to Dropbox for offline reading -


Last week we showed you how to make a Hackintosh. This week, we'll show you how to run Windows on a Mac. Thanks to Hundter Biede for the suggestion!

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