Freelancing,  IPEd 2017

IFTTT and how to use it – a screencast This is also my entry for the screencast challenge

So earlier on in this post I explained that IFTTT saves me a lot of time looking for work opportunities. And people at the conference wanted me to explain more about IFTTT and how to use it in detail.

At the same time Malini Devadas and Hilary Cadman challenged us all to try screencasting so I thought this was a perfect way to try and screencast a quick explanation of how to build an applet in IFTTT.

I am rather soft spoken and stilll figuring out how to get my headset mic to record me at a louder volume so please use headphones when watching the following video:

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So here’s step by step instructions for IFTTT:

  1. Sign up via email/Google/Facebook for an account with IFTTT. It’s free.
  2. The bits of the IFTTT equations you create to get things happening are called applets for some vague weird reason unknown to mankind. IFTTT also needs you to connect to your Gmail/Facebook/Twitter – basically any program you want it to use to get info from or put info into. It calls these services.
  3. So you are going to make an applet that says if condition A is met in Service A then make condition B happen in Service B. It’s simple logic.
  4. Go to My Applets and click on New Applet.
  5. Click on the +THIS part of the header.
  6. In this example we are going to go through Twitter looking for call outs for editors so we click on Twitter. Presumably you have connected to your Twitter account by now otherwise you get a pop up so you can do so.
  7. It gives you a series of what information you want to get from Twitter to fulfill condition A.  Choose New Tweet From Search.
  8. It then asks you what search parameters you want and I typed in “editor wanted” 
  9. You then go to the +THAT part of the equation and choose how you want the info from Twitter to be saved or what you want to happen. I chose Google Drive. 
  10. I then chose Add row to spreadsheet and chose to name it Example, add in that it should include any links within the tweet itself and then saved it.
  11. After setting up an applet, it can take an hour to get started with its searching so in the screencast, I show you an example of what it will look like using a similar search I created for the words “pitch” and “writer” and also show you how it can show retweets of the same tweet and how it can pull in other things as well. So it is by no means perfect but it does help me and it might help you. 
  12. Please play around with it and adjust it to suit you. Maybe you have different search terms, maybe you want it saved in a different format.

Other notes on using Jing for screencasting:

  1. Jing only saves in SWF format. You may need to use another program to convert the SWF file format to a video file format.
  2. You may have to fiddle a bit in the settings to get it to recognise your microphone because apparently I am a bit too soft in the above video despite wearing my headset mic.
  3. You can place the screencast.com link for each video straight into the body of a WordPress or Facebook post and it will automatically embed the video for you so you don’t have to go to Screencast.com to view it. That’s what I was able to do for this post.

Tell me what you think of the video. What other videos do you want me to make with Jing about editing or freelancing or other such things? How can I improve on them? Do you need me to explain more things about IFTTT?

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is currently based in Melbourne.

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