IFTTT

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IFTTT
IFTTT Logo.svg
Original author(s)Linden Tibbets[1]
Developer(s)IFTTT,Inc
Initial releaseSeptember 2011; 3 years ago (2011-09)
Stable releaseAndroid
1.1.2 September 4, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-09-04)[2]
iOS
2.2.1 October 6, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-10-06)[3]
Development statusActive
Written inEnglish
Operating systemAndroid 4.0 or later;[2]
iOS 7.0 or later, compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.[3]
Size23.6 MB for iOS
6.6 MB for Android
Available inEnglish
TypePlatform
LicenseFreeware
Alexa rankpositive decrease 3577 (October 2014)[4]
Websiteifttt.com
 
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IFTTT
IFTTT Logo.svg
Original author(s)Linden Tibbets[1]
Developer(s)IFTTT,Inc
Initial releaseSeptember 2011; 3 years ago (2011-09)
Stable releaseAndroid
1.1.2 September 4, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-09-04)[2]
iOS
2.2.1 October 6, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-10-06)[3]
Development statusActive
Written inEnglish
Operating systemAndroid 4.0 or later;[2]
iOS 7.0 or later, compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.[3]
Size23.6 MB for iOS
6.6 MB for Android
Available inEnglish
TypePlatform
LicenseFreeware
Alexa rankpositive decrease 3577 (October 2014)[4]
Websiteifttt.com

IFTTT is a web-based service in which users can create chains of simple conditional statements, called "recipes," that are triggered based upon changes to other web services such as Gmail, Google Reader, Instagram, Craigslist.[5] IFTTT is an abbreviation of "If This Then That" and is pronounced like "gift" without the "g."[6]

An example recipe might consist of sending an e-mail message if the IFTTT user tweets a certain hashtag. Or, if the user's photo is tagged by someone on Facebook then that photo will be added to the user's cloud-based photo archive.[7]

IFTTT was created by Linden Tibbets, Jesse Tane and the co-founder, Alexander Tibbets in San Francisco, California and was launched in September 2011.[8] Today, IFTTT recipes are widely used and shared by users. Fifteen million recipes are used every day.[9]

In addition to its default web-based application, IFTTT for iPhone version was launched on July 10, 2013. IFTTT for iPhone added three exclusive channels: iOS Photos, Reminders and Contacts.[10] A version for iPad and the iOS Notifications Channel was introduced in April 3, 2014.[11] And an Android version of the app was released on April 24, 2014.[12]

History[edit]

On December 14, 2010, Linden Tibbets, the creator of IFTTT, posted a blog named “ifttt the beginning…” on the IFTTT website, announcing that the new project was called “IFTTT”. Jesse Tane, who is a good friend of Tibbets, was ready to join in. Therefore, the first applications performed by IFTTT were designed and created by them. They said that they hoped that, with the development of IFTTT, those created applications would help clarify most of creative things.[13] And that was the beginning of IFTTT.

On September 7, 2011, Tibbets announced in official website that IFTTT was open for all. He then wrote on his blog to describe how IFTTT developed: "Over these last nine months their beta testers responded ferociously, creating over 100 thousand tasks that had collectively triggered more than 25 million times." [14]

On April 30, 2012, one million tasks had been created.[15]

On June 20, 2012 the IFTTT team announced new IFTTT with a better look, more simplified language, brand-new channels, and faster triggers.[16]

On July 27, 2012, a interesting and special edition called ESPN Olympics Coverage Channel was introduced by IFTTT team. It was specialised for London Olympic Games. "ESPN is the premier source of news and results for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and five exciting Triggers powered by The Worldwide Leader in Sports had been created." IFTTT official blog introduced.[17]

IFTTT for iPhone was released on July 10, 2013. It marked the first step IFTTT took to make IFTTT platform service directly in users' devices and put the iPhone to work for users. "You can create and use Recipes around the things: snapping screenshots, adding new contacts, completing reminders, and organizing photo albums." wrote on IFTTT official blog.[18]

In June 2012, the service entered the Internet of Things space by integrating with Belkin WeMo devices,[19] allowing Recipes to interact with the physical world.

On April 3, 2014, IFTTT for iPad and iTouch was released. Besides, developers also introduced a new channel called iOS Notifications Channel. Therefore, since then, Apple users could enjoy the functions of IFTTT by any apple products. IFTTT official website explained what was new for the iOS users: "Users could download the update to enjoy a redesigned browsing experience on both big and small screens. The iOS Notifications Channel sends important notifications directly to users' iOS devices. There was also a new iOS Photos Trigger that works with photos the users take within a specific area."[20]

A version for Android was released on April 24, 2014. It was available in the Google Play Store. "Users could download the app for the phone or tablet and unlock six new Android Channels, including the Device and SMS Channels." IFTTT official blog introduced.[21]

Features[edit]

Overview[edit]

IFTTT employs the following concepts.


Usage examples[edit]

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Related products and services[edit]

Users can use IFTTT to enjoy more functions of Google Glass after the official announced that Google Glass Channel is available on IFTTT website. You can create your own recipes such as: If you receive an email from a special person you set before, then it will be sent to the Google Glass; Or if it will rain, the message will be sent to Google Glass.[27]

In 2012, Twitter official announced that they changed the API for developers policy. That change means most of services from IFTTT was not available for Twitter users in terms of using IFTTT to save files about tweets in the cloud storage.[28] At the start of October 2014, IFTTT announced that, working together with Twitter, they finally created a fresh trigger for Twitter.[29]

Honeywell official announced that they are working together with IFTTT in order to optimise thermostats in terms of its Evohome service.[30]

ADT Corporation and IFTTT are cooperating to introduce new smart home automations. It is user's GPS data to decide whether the device adjust to the weather conditions or any other condition such as security alarm. Users can access ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT website in order to make their home more automatic.[31]

Future Development[edit]

  1. "With $30 Million More in Hand, IFTTT Looks to the Internet of Things." [32]
    The New York Times reports, "IFTTT team has closed $30 million in Series B funding led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from existing investor A16Z." [32] Focusing attention on the service in the field of physics, IFTTT team decide to dwell on this part by combining alleged Internet of Things and the devices which supports networking with the extra capital raised.[33] That means, an operating system are supposed to be introduced by IFTTT to achieve the goal of serving the Internet of Things in which a large number of connected things are complected together.[34] For instance, IFTTT users will experience how to use IFTTT software to command air conditioners or lights to switch on or off in their home whenever necessary. All IFTTT members are now devoting themselves to realize it.[33]
  2. Paid plan is down the road.
    The company are working on a paid version of IFTTT on basis of the free version in order to help pay the bills. The upcoming new platform will benefit the users who want more than what the current regular one offers, such as connecting different accounts to the service. For example, not only could a social media manager connect various Twitter accounts with this advanced version of IFTTT, but also could specifically connect recipes to a certain account as well.[34][35]
  3. Double staff to focus on both design and business development.
    Deciding to double his 21 employees over the next six months, Mr. Tibbets, the main developer of IFTTT, hopes that the new staffs could make a contribution to enlarging the business development and design departments. Meanwhile, a cooperator at Norwest called Josh Goldman will join IFTTT and play a role of board director in the following work.[35]
  4. IFTTT probably will meet more challenges in the future.
    While IFTTT succeeds in gathering many web products from different companies via its open platform, some companies reject such interconnections in order to guarantee their users are purchasing primarily for them.[35] Besides, IFTTT maybe has to face competition from big companies like Apple and Google in the future, the former is reportedly occupied in "Smart Home" which is a product similar to IFTTT's product of future, and the latter is considered to have similar attempt because of buying the connected device company Nest Labs .[33]

Reception[edit]

IFTTT has been praised by Forbes,[36] Time,[37] Wired,[38] The New York Times,[39] and Reader's Digest.[40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tibbets, Linden. "ifttt the beginning…". IFTTT blog. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Google play-IFTTT". Google play. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "iTunes preview-IFTTT". iTunes. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "How popular is IFTTT.com". Alexa Internet. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Escobar, Eric (July 11, 2013). "What Is IFTTT and How Can it Improve Your Digital Life?". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "About IFTTT". Retrieved 16 Oct 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Peers, Nick (October 2, 2014). "Your Online Life Made Simpler, Thanks to IFTTT". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Alexander, Jesse (September 7, 2011). "ifttt is alive!". Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Isaac, Mike (August 28, 2014). "With $30 Million More in Hand, IFTTT Looks to the Internet of Things". New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hamburger, Ellis (July 11, 2013). "IFTTT brings automation to the iPhone". Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Introducing IFTTT for iPad and the iOS Notifications Channel". The IFTTT Team. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The power of IFTTT, now on Android". IFTTT blog. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ Tibbets, Linden. "ifttt the beginning…". Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ifttt is alive!". September 7, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "One million tasks created". April 30, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "The New IFTTT". June 20, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Let the Games begin". June 27, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "The power of IFTTT, now in your pocket". June 10, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ Panzarino, Matthew (June 20, 2012). "Task automation tool IFTTT gets new look, moves into physical world with Belkin WeMo compatibility". Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Introducing IFTTT for iPad and the iOS Notifications Channel". April 3, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ "The power of IFTTT, now on Android". April 24, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c "About IFTTT". IFTTT.com. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ Ackerman, Elise (September 23, 2012). "San Francisco Startup Lets Anyone Control The Internet of Things". forbes.com. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  24. ^ "IFTTT Channels". IFTTT.com. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  25. ^ Murph, Darren (December 13, 2013). "How IFTTT automated (and archived) my digital life". Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ Angeles, Sara (August 12, 2013). "10 Ways IFTTT Can Help Your Business". Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  27. ^ McGee, Matt (November 20, 2013). "Google Glass Gains All Kinds of Functionality with Official IFTTT Channel". glassalmanac.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  28. ^ Murphy, David (October 17, 2014). "Twitter and IFTTT Kiss and Make Up". uk.pcmag.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  29. ^ Truong, Alice (October 16, 2014). "IFTTT AND TWITTER REUNITE (AND IT FEELS SO GOOD)". Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  30. ^ Miles, Stuart (October 14, 2014). "Honeywell Evohome adds ifttt support, now you can control your heating via an email". pocket-lint.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  31. ^ Shockley, Jason (August 19, 2014). "ADT and IFTTT Working Together to Create New Smart Home Automations". ADT corporation. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  32. ^ a b Crook, Jordan (August 28, 2013). "IFTTT Lands $30 Million Series B From Norwest Venture Partners, A16Z". techcrunch.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  33. ^ a b c Luckerson, Victor (August 28, 2014). "IFTTT Has Big Plans For the Internet of Things". time.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  34. ^ a b Steele, Billy (August 29, 2014). "The future of IFTTT includes paid plans and hardware harmony". engadget.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  35. ^ a b c Isaac, Mike (August 28, 2014). "With $30 Million More in Hand, IFTTT Looks to the Internet of Things". nytimes.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  36. ^ Ackerman, Elise (September 23, 2012). "IFTTT: San Francisco Startup Lets Anyone Control The Internet of Things". Forbes. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  37. ^ McCracken, Harry (September 18, 2012). "50 Best Websites 2012". Time. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  38. ^ Flaherty, Joseph (October 13, 2012). "Socks Are the New Hoodie: A Startup Reinvents Swag". Wired. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  39. ^ Wortham, Jenna (September 23, 2011). "A Web Tool That Lets You Automate the Internet". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  40. ^ Beres, Damon. "The IFTTT Recipes that Will Make Your Life Better". Retrieved March 10, 2014. 

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