8 IFTTT Recipes to Help Streamline Your Social Media

Closeup of cogs and gears overlaid with IFTTT logo

We’ve talked about If This Then That (IFTTT) before, and as the free Web service has grown, the number of sites it covers has grown significantly, as has the number of custom recipes built by the company and users.

In case you’re not familiar with IFTTT, here’s a quick rundown: IFTTT is a free service that connects various sites, services, and functions on the Internet so you can automate the things you do online, as well as make those things you do better than you could on your own.

For example, you can have IFTTT text you when it’s going to rain at home. Or have it turn on an outlet at home to start up the air-conditioning when the temperature gets above 75 degrees outside. There’s a lot the service can do.

IFTTT has recently upgraded its ability to handle social media across a variety of services including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Flickr, as well as Buffer and LinkedIn. By connecting these accounts to one another, you can easily share content across platforms and back up your pictures and text.

Check out these eight IFTTT recipes and streamline your social media experience.

To use any of the IFTTT recipes listed below, follow these steps first:

1. Sign up for an account at IFTTT.com.
2. Sign in to your social media accounts to activate them.
3. Click Add Recipe to turn the listed feature on.

Now for the recipes… Bon appetit!

1. Post Instagram Pictures Natively to Twitter

IFTTT Recipe: Post your Instagram pictures as native Twitter pictures connects instagram to twitterTwitter and Instagram don’t always play nicely with one another. Recently there have been some issues with how Twitter displays Instagram pictures in your timeline. Use this recipe to make it so your images from Instagram automatically publish on Twitter and show up with a Twitter picture address. You don’t have to do a single thing.

2. Save Instagram Photos to Flickr

IFTTT Recipe: Upload new Instagram photos to Flickr connects instagram to flickr

Speaking of Instagram, if you love taking pictures with the app but save your shots for sharing to Flickr, this recipe is for you. By enabling this recipe you can automatically save all of your Instagram pictures to your Flickr account in the album of your choosing. This way you don’t have to post the picture twice.

3. Tweet Out Links Posted to Facebook

IFTTT Recipe: If you post a link on Facebook this Recipe will also tweet it automatically connects facebook to twitterFor many people, Facebook is the place to share articles, blog posts, and other funny or interesting links. If you have a Twitter account you’d like to share these to as well, you can enable this recipe and automatically share links posted to Facebook on Twitter. By doing this you won’t automatically share pictures or textual posts, keeping those as private as you want inside your Facebook account.

4. Send WordPress Posts to Facebook Page

IFTTT Recipe: Add a new WordPress post & it updates your Facebook Page with a link post connects wordpress to facebook-pages

Many of us have WordPress websites as well as Facebook pages to go along with them. The normal process is to launch a new post on your site, then head over to Facebook and make a link post for it there. Instead of performing this extra step, let this recipe do it for you. By enabling this recipe you can automatically send new WordPress posts over to a Facebook page as a link post.

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5. Automatically Add Facebook Group Events to Google Calendar

IFTTT Recipe: When there are new events in my Facebook Group, add it to Google Calendar connects facebook-groups to google-calendarIf you use Outlook for Windows or Calendar for Mac, you know how easy it is to add Facebook events to your calendar. Just link your account and they show up automatically. If you use Google Calendar, though, it’s not so easy. To make this foolproof, use this recipe to always have events from groups show in Google Calendar. You won’t get random events like birthdays in there, but the others will show perfectly every time.

6. Share Favorite YouTube Videos to Tumblr

IFTTT Recipe: Post videos from your YouTube favorites playlist to Tumblr connects youtube to tumblr

Tumblr is one of the newer social media services. Its simple, no-nonsense posting and reading system makes it great for people and brands alike. You can streamline the publishing of YouTube videos to Tumblr by enabling this recipe to automatically post videos that you mark as favorites on YouTube.

7. Update Twitter Profile Picture When Facebook Changes

IFTTT Recipe: If your Facebook profile picture changes then update your Twitter profile picture too connects facebook to twitterIt can be a pain to keep your social media accounts lined up with one another, and it’s all too common to want to change both Facebook and Twitter user pictures at the same time. To make things easier you can use this recipe to automatically make your Twitter user picture match the one you set in Facebook. Since most people upload pictures to Facebook, it makes sense that this is where you’d set your picture. Now your profiles will match across both major social networks.

8. Congratulate LinkedIn Contacts for New Jobs Automatically

IFTTT Recipe: Congratulate your LinkedIn contacts automatically for their new jobs connects linkedin to linkedin

One of the great things about LinkedIn is the focus on business and professionalism. Where Facebook makes sure to notify people of birthdays and new relationships, LinkedIn makes a point of telling your connections when you or someone else gets a new position or job. While you may not browse LinkedIn on a regular basis, you can make sure to always congratulate a connection on his or her new position by using this recipe.

The number of things you can automate with If This Then That is huge and growing all the time. By using these IFTTT recipes you can keep your social media world running smoothly and keep your friends, family, and coworkers engaged. Want more social media automation? Check out IFTTT’s collection of social media recipes.

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