IFTTT stands for If This, Then That. IFTTT is a website where you can connect programs and websites to other programs and websites. I have been using it for a while and I find it pretty useful. I will show you how to make your own ‘applet’ as well as show you how to use applets I and others have made.

Like the name implies, something has to happen then something else happens. The service uses APIs to allow your information to pass from one service to another. For instance, you could set up an applet that updates your twitter profile picture any time you change your Facebook profile picture. But first you have to give your twitter and Facebook account permission to share data.

For our example, we’ll setup an applet that monitors the shipping progress of a package. It will create a note in evernote with a link showing status. It will also use the IFTTT android and/or apple app to notify about the update. So, let’s get started.  First off you need to create an IFTTT account. Go a head and do that on the website. Once you have created an account, click on search at the top of the site. Next click on the box below labeled ‘Shopping.’ Or you could put ‘boxoh’ in search.

Now click on ‘Boxoh Package Tracking.’

You need to attach the service to your account so click ‘Connect.’ Once you do that, you can use some of the premade applets shown below, but we are here to make our own. So click on ‘My Applets’ up at the top. Next click on ‘New Applet.’ Ok, this is where it gets good. click on ‘+this.’

+ this

Scroll down, find Boxoh, and click on it. You have only one option, ‘Any shipping status change,’ click on it. You need a tracking number for this to work. This might be a good time to buy something you don’t really need. Go ahead ,I’ll wait… Ok, now wait to get a tracking number. While you do that I’m going to go make a sandwich.

You back? Good. Now click on the ‘+ that.’ We are going to set this up using evernote, but you can see you have many options. So click on the Evernote. Next click on ‘connect’ and connect your evernote account to your IFTTT account. Next click on ‘Create a note.’ As you can see below, you have a lot of options on the title of your note as well as the location and the contents. We’ll just use the defaults for this example. Click ‘Create Action.’

Almost there. You’ll see the following at the bottom of the page:

The notifications they are talking about uses the IFTTT app for your smartphone. Here is the link to the android app. If you install it on your phone, you will get an alert when this applet runs. As your shipment’s status changes, you’ll get an alert on your phone and a note in your Evernote. The note will look something like this:

When you click on the link, you get go to a site like this:

That’s it! In a little bit I’ll share some of my other applets and post the links here.