November 21, 2016

Social Media for Radio Amateurs: Tip #1 - IFTTT

This post is part of a series about social media for amateur radio.

Overwhelming Success
The Internet (including social media) is a powerful resource for radio amateurs.  It is a great way to both share and access information about amateur radio via the Internet.  The Internet's overwhelming success has created a new challenges with the overwhelming number of websites and apps available.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to manage the the Internet resources we regularly utilize.

IFTTT (If This Then That)
IFTTT is a way to "put the Internet to work for you".  IFTTT stands for If This Then That.  IFTTT is pronounced by enthusiasts as a word rhyming with "gift".  IFTTT is a web service tool that that can be used to automate web resources.  It is fairly easy to use and supports automation with over 110 different services called "channels" including social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, YouTube, and etc.

What can you do with IFTTT and social media?
IFTTT provides a fantastic number of automation "applets" that radio amateurs can use to automate work with social media.  Here are a few examples:

  • Share your new Blogger posts to Twitter
  • Share your new Blogger posts to Facebook
  • Post WordPress posts to Blogger
  • Post new YouTube videos to your Wordpress blog
  • Automatically send a tweet thanking your new Twitter followers
Hope this tip helps you automate some of your repetitive social media work with either your amateur radio club or for your own station activities.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X

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