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Heard of IFTTT? You Should Check It Out!

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I don’t think I’ve pimped one of my favorite new services, IFTTT, on here yet. So now’s the time!

IFTTT stands for “If This Then That.” There are various news and social media “triggers” you can choose from, when, if your desired action happens, then another event (of your choice) will happen.

For example, if you post a tweet with a specific hashtag you determine, it will also post to Tumblr. Or, if your favorite blog posts an update, you will receive a text message. Those are just examples, but the amount of cross-posting productivity you can get done is limitless! I love playing with IFTTT, and as someone who manages a lot of fan pages, its invaluable.

But thinking outside of the social media realm, it can be very helpful in your day-to-day life. Check out the following “recipe:”

IFTTT Recipe: Send me an e-mail if there will be rain tomorrow

IFTTT can help send weather updates right to your phone!

But they’ve also integrated with services like Up by Jawbone, Withings, Belkin’s WeMo, and Philips hue. You can have your Philips Hue light automatically turn on at sunset.

IFTTT Recipe: Living room Light on at sunset

And then, if motion is detected in a room equipped with WeMo, it can send you a text alert.

IFTTT Recipe: Text me if sensor detect motion!

There are so many triggers and actions available to you. I end up finding a new recipe all the time! But here’s one that I recommend for all iDevice users who may or may not take a ton of pictures with their phones. If you don’t want to make a conscious effort to regularly back up your photos, activate the iOS Photos channels and automatically back up to DropBox, Box, Skydrive, Google Drive, and Flickr, among other choices.

Since Dropbox is my cloud service of choice, this is what I’d use:

IFTTT Recipe: iPhone Photos to Dropbox

And you can specify certain albums, whether or not it’s a screenshot, or if you used the front camera (AKA selfie mode). Pretty cool, right?

I just scratched the surface of what IFTTT can do. Check it out and see if it can help make your life a little easier!

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Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Instagram?

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I love Instagram. I’ve been a member for almost 2 years. Back in the “iPhone only” days. Those were better days. Simpler days. I knew the Facebook acquisition of Instagram was a bad thing, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Have you see what the new TOS (which go into effect next month) call for?

“You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

Are you ok with that? I’m not sure I am. While I love Instagram, this move, along with the decision to start displaying ads may force me to delete my account. When Twitpic updated their Terms of Use back in 2011, they were similar to this. I stopped using TwitPic.

If you are a concerned Instagram user who is considering deactivating your account you have options. Many are recommending Flickr, who has been around a helluva lot longer than Instagram. They also respect your copyrights. And if you’d like to save your pictures that are already online, try a service like Instaport.

There is still another solution. You could publish your own “filtered” image on your own website. If you are sure to watermark your images, no one can take them and republish them without everyone knowing its source. And if you couple those moves with a different social media account, like Pinterest, it can earn you tons of page views, and in some cases, increased income.

UPDATE: It appears, after all the outrage over the new Terms, that Instagram has done an about-face on them. At least for now. I’m sure we’ll all continue to monitor the situation, but essentially they said “Our bad, y’all. We didn’t mean it. Please stay!” Will you?

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Trying Something New…

There are a lot of things I blog about, but don’t feel like smothering my regular Twitter followers with. I’m well aware that different people follow me for different reasons, and I don’t want to alienate anyone if at all possible! I’ve found it somewhat difficult to maintain a balance between my business endeavors and just being plain ol’ goofy Suz.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “don’t mix business with pleasure”, right? I’ve always wanted to enjoy business so much that it becomes pleasure, therefore ok to mix. Is that just entirely too ambitious of me? I hope to get there some day!

I renamed my main Twitter account @OhhSuzannah, and have made a new one, still using @Suzdawg, where I will feed my blogging and more business-y projects. There won’t be nearly as many tweets there as my main account, but I’m hoping they’ll be more focused. And sometimes, I’ll RT my account into my personal feed, if the situation calls for it. But, for the most part, it’ll be the hub for my blog, Tumblr, YouTube video uploads, and any other online activity I take part in.

This may not work at all, and I’m prepared for that. But I thought I’d give it a shot! You never know unless you try, right?

So if you’re already following my personal account, and want to keep up with what I do here, go ahead and follow @Suzdawg as well. Don’t worry. I won’t spam you!

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New Commenting System Installed!

I am quite obsessed with Twitter. I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone these days.

I’ve been trying to find more ways to incorporate it into my website. I use Twitter Tools to share select posts with my Tweeps. It also displays my most recent Tweet on the sidebar for all of you to see.

I wanted a way for commenters to be able to comment using Twitter as well. I’m not a gravatar user, so I’d rather my Twitter avatar be shown or nothing at all. I’ve been through a myriad of WordPress plugins that claimed to do just that. None of them, however, panned out. Twitter didn’t really help as they disabled the API function that allowed user to search via email address. That doomed promising plugins such as Smashing Magazine’s Twittar, Twavatar, and Twicon.

I then moved on to Twitter Connect plugin. I really thought this would be my solution. The plugin adds a “Sign In With Twitter” graphic to the comment section. From there, visitors can login and post a comment using their respective Twitter accounts. But there is a flaw with this plugin. If you only allow registered users to comment, it is rendered useless.

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