Friday 1 February 2019

Why I tweet so much!

So if you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I am a big Tweeter.  I tweet to share, to engage in conversation, and to chat with my PLN.  I also tweet to keep track of things I might need to know later.  Now, I know searching Twitter is difficult...but I have a hack...I use If This Then That.

If This Then That (IFTTT) is an easy, FREE way to get your apps and devices working together.  It is a web-based service to create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Twitter, GSuite Tools, and more.

I use an applet that records all my tweets on a Google Sheet.  Why? So my tweets become searchable. All I need to do is open the Google Sheet and search (use CTRL/CMD+F) any key term.

To set it up, just go to the IFTTT website, sign up for an account and then search "Twitter to sheet" (or follow the link above), and turn on the applet.

It is that simple!  The applet will record up to 2000 tweets on one Sheet, then it starts a new Sheet. If you want them all consolidated on one sheet, you can add new tabs on the Sheet and use the importRange function.

This is not the only great one either...there are a lot of things that you automate using IFTTT.  Another one of my favourites is when I post to Instagram, IFTTT automatically cross-posts to Twitter and embeds the photo in the tweet instead of as a link.

1 comment:

  1. I use the "Like" button as a "bookmark" button. Then I use IFTTT to add any Tweet that I "Like" to a Google Sheet, just like you do with your own Tweets.

    I also use IFTTT to add the Tweets that I "Like" to an Evernote note and to my Diigo bookmarks.

    Another benefit of "Liking" a Tweet is that I can set up a column in TweetDeck with all my "Likes" and then I can search that column for specific words, phrases or hashtags. I can also set a date range to search, so that I could find all the Tweets that answered a certain question (A1, A2, etc.) during a chat such as #edchat.