IFTTT Adds Twitter Triggers For Searches, Mentions & Location Tracking
If This Then That worked with Twitter to create the new features, signaling an improved relationship between Twitter and third-party developers.
Good news for social media robot fans.
If This Then That (IFTTT), the popular automation tool, has expanded its Twitter triggers, now enabling you to kick off actions based on searches, tweets from specific users, tweets with a mention of you and tweets from a specific location.
Here are some new recipes created using the new triggers:
IFTTT said it worked with Twitter to create the new triggers, which is newsworthy because of the somewhat strained relationship between the companies in the past. In 2012, IFTTT voluntarily dropped support for Twitter triggers amid animosity between Twitter and third-party developers about Twitter’s API changes. (IFTTT Twitter “actions,” allowing people to continue using Twitter as an end result of a recipe, were still supported.)
Then last year, IFTTT released a limited set of triggers that complied with API rules. Among other things, those triggers allowed users to save tweets into various services and automatically tweet to Tumblr, Facebook and other social networks. This week’s expansion, with the cooperation of Twitter, seems to indicate a thawing of a previously chilly relationship. Perhaps not coincidentally, Twitter is hosting the Twitter Flight conference next week, an event that is widely considered part of Twitter’s strategy to mend fences with the third-party developer community.