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How To Automatically Send and Receive Social Notifications

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The internet is a very complex place.  Sometimes it often seems overwhelming and impossible to navigate.  There's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Digg, article sharing websites, email, news websites, video websites, and the list goes on and on.  Often times it is too easy to forget about other websites you are using and keeping up with all your friends on all your different networks can prove to be quite a hassle.  Logging in and out is a pain and it might even be impossible to have the app on your phone because it takes up too much space.  Also, if you want to share the same piece of information with all your friends on all your social networks, you are stuck navigating to multiple websites and wasting valuable time.  

Put The Internet To Work For YOU

The internet is full of robots such as programs and websites that people build and essentially run themselves.  Up until now it has been impossible to get these robots to work for you if you were not a programmer or web master.  Now things are changing and becoming more user friendly and it is possible to program your own programs without any coding knowledge at all.  A new service called IFTTT allows you to do just that.  IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is a powerful web service that essentially allows you to communicate across applications.  A simple example of its use would be that you would set it to post a status update to your Facebook page whenever you send a tweet.  However, this is just one example of what you can do using IFTTT there are over 100 different services such as social networks and websites that you can use with their platform which equates to millions of different actions.

Sending Social Updates

You can use IFTTT to automatically send social updates to your social networks.  You can use any combination of services such as Instagram, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Blogger just to name a few.  You can make any number of updates from these networks output to any other network with a few simple clicks of a mouse.  If you always feel left out of events because you never go on Facebook then you can use IFTTT to fix that.  Using the Facebook module along with the SMS module, you can set up a program to send you a text every time someone adds a post to a Facebook group, or even receive a text for any Facebook notification.  You can also use the service to eliminate the hassle of uploading pictures to Instagram or Facebook by setting up a program to automatically post iOS to your social networks.  

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Receiving Social Updates

You can also receive social updates with IFTTT, not only from social networks but other applications and websites as well.  You can use Android notifications and SMS to receive updates directly to your mobile phone.  If you want information saved in the cloud they have a plethora of services including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and Onedrive.  If you are not as technologically inclined you can simply have these updates sent to your e-mail or Gmail.  Updates can be received from a variety of media sources including apps you have built yourself, but also from social websites such as BuzzFeed and other social networks.  If feel like thinking outside the box and trying out a new way of socializing, then you can use some of their fledgling services such as Saga which will allow you to do things such as automatically tweet for you whenever you are attending a live music show.  Another service is Reading Pack, which is a social feed for online article reading.  With the internet and online services such as IFTTT, the possibilities are endless to what anyone can accomplish online now it is up to us to go out and create it.

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