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If This, Then What?

Imagine that you could combine services (internet and otherwise) together like Lego blocks to create new, personalised services.

If This, Then That (ifttt) is a new service that allows you to do just that.

Through an intuitive interface ifttt puts the power of "Event Driven Programming" at your fingertips, letting you connect services with digital duct tape. Event driven programming can be simply broken into two stages - event selection/detection followed by event handling. ifttt terms these stages as triggers and tasks and provides a comprehensive list of services that you can target as a trigger or task, from Facebook and Twitter through to Google calendar events.

For example, it is possible to build a service that will send a text to your mobile phone (task) if the weather service has forecast rain for the following day (trigger). The mechanism for building such a service is so simple and straight-forward that no programming knowledge is required. Trigger and task construc…