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25 Instagram recipes: IFTTT supercharges your efforts

Instagram is an amazing tool that is fun while useful for networking, and with some simple one-time tweaks, you can do so much more with your Instagram account.

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If This Then That and Instagram

In 2011, we introduced you to a simple, yet genius tool called If This Then That (IFTTT) which is like the duct tape of the web, tying together services and features that otherwise remain discombobulated.

The company writes, “We began with the theory that as our digital tools became more domain specific and easier to use, there would be vast amounts of creative potential in how any two tools might be used in tandem. We knew that with this immense potential came a problem of equal proportions. There just aren’t enough developers and designers in the world to craft all these connections. A million developers at a million laptops wouldn’t even make a dent.”

They describe themselves as “Digital duct tape if you will, allowing you to connect any two services together. You can leave the hard work of creating the individual tools to the engineers and designers. Much like in the physical world when a 12 year old wants a lightsaber, cuts the handle off an old broom and shoves a bike grip on the other end, you can take two things in the digital world and combine them in ways the original creators never imagined.”

Do more with your Instagram account

There are so many things you can make Instagram do with the magic of IFTTT, and by simply clicking a few buttons, you can make every photo automatically back itself up on Evernote, or post itself to your blog. Genius! Just click any link below to access the “recipe” on the free IFTTT service to get started.

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What can you make your photos do on Google+, Google Drive or GCal?

  1. Copy (backup) any Instagram picture you take to your Google Drive
  2. Copy (backup) someone else’s Instagram pictures to your Google Drive
  3. Send your Instagram photos to Google+ (Picasa)
  4. Log your Instagram photos on your Google Calendar
  5. Email your Instagram photos to any email address

Make your photos play nicely with Twitter:

  1. Make Instagram photos show up as native images on Twitter (bypass trick)
  2. Use Instagram to update your Twitter profile picture
  3. When you like an Instagram photo, tweet it automatically

Back up those photos, just in case:

  1. Archive your Instagram photos to Evernote
  2. Send all of your Instagram photos to Dropbox
  3. Save all of your Instagram photos to SkyDrive
  4. Save your Instagram photos to Box

Automatically blog your photos with no effort:

  1. Autopost Instagram photos to blog
  2. Post all of your Instagram pictures to Blogger
  3. Post all pictures tagged “blog” to Blogger
  4. Autopost your pictures to Flickr
  5. Autopost your Instagram pictures to Tumblr
  6. Send Instagram photos to a different Tumblr than your default
  7. Autopost specifically tagged photos on Tumblr

Do things with your photos later:

  1. Store your Instagram photos on storify for use later
  2. Post liked images on your Pocket account
  3. Add new Instagram photos to your Buffer queue
  4. Send image you’ve liked on Instagram to your Buffer account

Get text alerts!

  1. Get a text when someone tags your username on Instagram
  2. Get a text when someone specific posts a new photo on Instagram

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.


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