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Computers, left to their own devices, are capable of gross insubordination. HAL9000. Skynet. Deep Blue. They need discipline if they’re to serve humanity, so we program them to behave. Even if you’re not a programmer, you do this all the time. Take mail rules for example. I love mail rules! Simple little directives that put junk in its place, or file your bank statements. But you know who could use some law and order? The web.
Luckily the minds behind ifttt agreed with me and have given us an easy way to make them. Ifttt (“If This Then That” — say it like “iffed”) is a tool to create little rules for your web apps. If someone tags me on Facebook, send me a text. If I take an Instagram picture, save it to my Dropbox. The “recipes,” as ifttt calls them, are available for a bunch of different services, and are shareable. Here’s a good list to get you started.