We are all about working smarter here at Buffer. Our focus on improvement and efficiency has led us to blog smarter, share smarter, and approach problems and activities with a fresh perspective of getting more done as quickly and simply as possible.

To that end, we love automation. We get a kick out of tools and apps that do some of the work for us, leaving us more time to invest elsewhere.

IFTTT is one of our favorite tools (and one that I’d imagine you might love as well). We use IFTTT in a number of neat ways here at Buffer, and there are loads of different options available through IFTTT for powering up your social media marketing.

I thought I’d share a few of our favorites and some that might help you work smarter, too.

Jump ahead to see the full list of favorite IFTTT recipes in our collection at the IFTTT website!


Favorite IFTTT RecipesIFTTT Recipes, 40 recipes for social media automation

How IFTTT works: An overview

IFTTT (an acronym for If This, Then That) connects two services together so that an action from one service triggers an action at another.

You could have an email trigger a tweet, or a Facebook post could trigger a download. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though. There are lots of these connections (IFTTT calls them “recipes”) down below.

Once you sign up for your free IFTTT account, you can start connecting different channels such as email or Facebook. IFTTT has more than 200 channels in all, and it is constantly adding to its lineup.

Here are the major social media services that work with IFTTT:

  • Facebook (profiles, pages, and groups)
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Reddit
  • Tumblr
  • YouTube
  • Pinterest

(No Google+ yet, but as you’ll read below, there are some workarounds.)

Beyond social media services, IFTTT connects with a vast number of other channels, including both apps and hardware. These range from straightforward channels like email, text message, and GPS to unique and creative channels like electronic piggy banks and smart lightbulbs. Here is just a sampling of a few notable channels IFTTT can connect.

  • Pocket
  • Jawbone Up
  • Soundcloud
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Evernote
  • Buffer
  • Craigslist
  • Dropbox
  • Feedly

When you’re ready to get started with a recipe, you can browse the gallery of popular and trending recipes, or you can make one from scratch. Each channel has a landing page of its own, too, which explains all the possibilities you can do with triggers and actions. (Click here for an example page for Twitter.)

Any recipe can be paused or stopped whenever you like, so feel free to experiment! We’ve got a great list of recipes to try below.

(At Buffer, we also use the premium automation service Zapier for a few of our more high-powered connections. Zapier lets you have five recipes free and then offers paid plans for those who are interested in more. Zapier has more than 400 channels you can connect, compared to 200 at IFTTT. We enjoy using each service—they seem to each cater well to their unique audience.)

The 10 most popular Buffer recipes (and a few of my personal faves)

Top Buffer IFTTT recipes

We’ve had the great chance to be in touch with the IFTTT team to find out the many cool ways that people enjoy using Buffer and IFTTT. Here are some of the top recipes.

  1. If new status message on Facebook page, then add to Buffer (here)
  2. If new Instagram photo by you, then add to Buffer (here)
  3. If new tweet by you, then add to Buffer (here)
  4. If new DO Note by you, then add to Buffer (here)
  5. If new Feed item, then add to Buffer (here)
  6. If new WordPress post by you, then add to Buffer (here)
  7. If new DO Photo by you, then add to Buffer (here)
  8. If new Feedly source, then add to Buffer (here)
  9. If any new post in Buffer, then add to Google Calendar (here)
  10. If new Instagram post by a specific user, then add to Buffer (here)

To elaborate a bit on this list—and to surface a couple recipes that have been particularly helpful for me—here is some greater detail on a few favorites. You can find all of these on the main page of IFTTT’s Buffer channel.

Add your Instagram photos to your Buffer queue (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Add your Instagram photos to a Buffer queue connects instagram to buffer

This makes for a great workaround for those balancing social media marketing on Instagram plus other places. IFTTT can grab the photo URL from Instagram as well as the caption and create an update on a new network.

Build a social media calendar in Google Calendar every time you Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Use Google Calendar to keep track of your Buffer posting schedule connects buffer to google-calendar

With this recipe, you can build your own editorial calendar as each time your queue gets updated with a newly scheduled post, your calendar updates also.

Save for later in Feedly and send those favorites to Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Automatically Buffer the articles you save for later in Feedly connects feedly to buffer

Feedly is one of our favorite tools for curating content, and this recipe makes it quite easy for those who already enjoy using Feedly’s Save for Later button. All Saved for Later posts go straight to Buffer.

Add a new photo you’ve taken straight to Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Quickly buffer a photo connects do-camera to buffer

One of IFTTT’s newer features is the “Do” option, where you can take actions directly via IFTTT’s Do app. For this recipe in particular, if you have the Do camera installed, every new picture goes automatically to your Buffer.

Store all your Buffered posts in a spreadsheet (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: A Google spreadsheet that tracks every post made in Buffer connects buffer to google-drive

I get a lot of use out of this one for building an archive of tweets & updates that I can easily reference later. It’s also great for reposting, as I can download my tweets as a csv, upload to Buffer via Bulk Buffer, and edit them again right inside the Buffer app.

Mark a post as favorite in Pocket, and send to Buffer with an image (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Buffer your Pocket favorites connects pocket to buffer

I find that I save a ton of content to Pocket, so this recipe is a big time-saver for me. All the stories that I mark as favorite go right into my Buffer queue, with the main image from the story attached.

Send posts from your RSS feed automatically to your Buffer queue (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: If new RSS Feed Item, then Buffer connects feed to buffer

To make sure all my new posts get shared on social, I’ll use a recipe like this one to add the posts directly to my Buffer queue.

IFTTT recipes to supercharge Twitter

Save links from favorite tweets to Pocket (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Save links from favorite tweets to Pocket! connects twitter to pocket

This recipe grabs the first link in a tweet that you’ve favorited and adds the article to your Pocket, a read-it-later app. You can also save links in this way to Instapaper or Evernote, if you prefer those services.

When your Facebook profile picture changes, update your Twitter profile picture (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: When #Facebook profile picture changes, update #Twitter profile picture connects facebook to twitter

If you’re interested in keeping things uniform across your social media channels, this IFTTT recipe makes it quick and easy to keep a consistent profile image. Update on Facebook, and your Twitter profile changes, too.

Add Tweets to a Google Spreadsheet (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: All your tweets in a Google Spreadsheet connects twitter to google-drive

This one has a huge number of variations, but the intent is pretty similar: You use this recipe to create an archive of what you’ve posted to social media. Here are a few ideas:

  • Save all your tweets to a Google Spreadsheet
  • Save all the links you tweet to a Google Spreadsheet
  • Save all your tweets with a certain hashtag to a Google Spreadsheet

You can do variations of this recipe with other social networks and other archiving apps (like Evernote). You may enjoy using the resulting spreadsheet for weekly, monthly, or quarterly reviews of what you’ve posted, or you can keep track of tweets and links so you don’t repeat yourself with content. I’ve used a similar recipe for coming up with some of our content suggestions here at Buffer.

Buffer a tweet every time you favorite a story (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Pocket favorite to Buffer connects pocket to buffer

Talk about a quick automation! I use this one regularly to add my favorite articles from Pocket straight to my Buffer queue. The recipe grabs the default text from Pocket (the title and url of the post), and I can easily hop back into Buffer later to tidy up my queue and customize the information I want.

Create a Google Calendar view of your Tweet schedule via Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: A Google Calendar view of my Buffer schedule connects buffer to google-calendar

Editorial calendars are a fun way to keep track of the content you share, and IFTTT makes this look back easy and handy with an integration with Google Calendar. Connecting Google Calendar to Buffer makes it so that you can have each and every tweet added to your calendar for easy, visual reference of what your schedule looks like and what you’ve posted.


Post Instagram photos as Twitter photos (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Post your Instagram pictures as native Twitter pictures connects instagram to twitter

If you use Instagram and Twitter, you’ve likely run into the fact that the two sites don’t sync very well. An IFTTT recipe can help with this. You can have your new Instagram photos post as native photos directly to Twitter.

Other favorites:

IFTTT recipes to make the most of Facebook

Download photos you’re tagged in to Dropbox (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Download any photos of me to dropbox connects facebook to dropbox

You can have IFTTT back up all your Facebook photos automatically with this recipe. The one above backs up those photos that have you tagged specifically, and there are other neat ways of setting the backups, too—back up everything, back up certain albums, etc.

Photos added to a specific album in iOS get added automatically to Facebook (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Photos added to a specific album upload to Facebook connects ios-photos to facebook

If you snap a lot of photos on your phone, this one might come in handy. You can share directly to Facebook each time you take a photo and add to a specific album on iOS. (You can do the same with Instagram photos as well.)

Send your Facebook Page posts to your Google+ page via Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Facebook Page Posts go to Google+ via Buffer connects facebook-pages to buffer

Google+ is not one of IFTTT’s connected services, but you can do a neat little workaround using Buffer. In this example, each of your Facebook Page posts can be buffered to update your Google+ page. When you set up your Buffer, just be sure to select a Google+ page as your connected profile.

Send Pinterest board posts to your Facebook Page (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Pinterest to Facebook Page connects pinterest to facebook-pages

Your Pins can be triggers for updates to Facebook Pages, Tweets, Google+ posts (via Buffer), or even Tumblr.

Send new Facebook Page posts to LinkedIn pages, too (try it out!

IFTTT Recipe: If a new link is posted on my Company's Facebook Page, post the link on LinkedIn connects facebook-pages to linkedin

You may find that the content you share on Facebook and LinkedIn is quite similar in style and tone. If so, it might save you time to crosspost all your Facebook content straight to LinkedIn. To keep things as easy as possible, you can run this recipe so that you only have to publish updates once, yet both places will be updated.

Other favorites:

  • RSS to Facebook page: Just like the Twitter RSS recipe, this one adds new posts from your chosen feed, and you can customize the way they’re worded and displayed on your timeline.
  • Archive Facebook posts to a Google spreadsheet: Keep a record of all your updates in a Google spreadsheet where you can analyze and organize as you like.

Assorted IFTTT social media and productivity recipes

Mark Watch Later on a Vimeo video, and save the video to Pocket (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Mark Watch Later on Vimeo and save it to Pocket! connects vimeo to pocket

I use Pocket all the time. I rarely visit Vimeo. So this recipe saves me some time and energy by putting all the Vimeo videos I want to watch right into my Pocket feed. The same thing can be accomplished with YouTube, too.

Share your latest feedly subscriptions in Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Use Buffer to share your latest Feedly sources connects feedly to buffer

Interested in letting your audience know where you curate all your cool content? This recipe shares the new RSS feeds that you add to Feedly, publishing them via your Buffer. (You can also publish directly to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. with a custom recipe.)

Send Feedly “Saved for Later” items to Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Feedly Saved for Later Items to Buffer connects feedly to buffer

Another fun Feedly trick is to mark your favorite articles directly in Feedly and push these favorites into your Buffer queue. The recipe works similarly to the one above about starred articles in Pocket. It just comes down to which tools you use most (maybe both?).

Send any text message to a Twitter or Facebook queue via Buffer (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Send IFTTT an SMS to be added to Buffer and posted to Twitter or FB at optimal time. connects sms to buffer

This recipe is perfect for when you’re out and about and inspiration strikes. You can send a text message that can go straight into your Buffer queue for your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn account (whichever one you’ve connected). Your text update then gets published at an optimal time.

If you post a photo to Instagram, attach it to a Buffer post (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Send Instagram pics to Buffer connects instagram to buffer

Depending on how you have your Buffer connected, this recipe could help you sync your Instagram to your Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, or any other number of apps. It’s a personal favorite of a few of us on the Buffer team.

Curate content by storing a set of links in a spreadsheet (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Build a spreadsheet with tagged Pocket links connects pocket to google-drive

I use this recipe to collect top digital marketing links that I’ve read in Pocket, adding them to a spreadsheet that I can reference later.

Just plain fun IFTTT recipes

Wish people a happy birthday automatically on Facebook (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Wish people a happy birthday automatically. connects google-calendar to facebook

Never forget another friend’s birthday again with this automatic birthday greeting. The recipe checks your Google Calendar events for a certain keyword (e.g., “Birthday”) and sends a customizable update to your Facebook feed.

Let your Facebook friends know when an astronaut is hosting a Reddit AMA (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Share with your Facebook friends when an Astronaut is hosting a new AMA connects reddit to facebook

Think your Facebook friends might be interested in astronaut knowledge? (I know mine would!) This recipe runs each time Reddit has an Ask Me Anything with an astronaut.

For those getting started with IFTTT, receive a new recipe in your email each day (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Just getting started with IFTTT? Here's a recommended Recipe each day. connects ifttt to email

As this post has probably made you realize, there are a lot of different ways to use IFTTT to work smarter. If you’re interested in getting your feet wet, this introductory, daily email might be just the ticket.

Turn on a light show when you arrive home (try it out!)

IFTTT Recipe: Make a grand entrance with Philips Hue + IFTTT connects ios-location to philips-hue


IFTTT connects with the Hue lightbulb from Phillips, a smart lightbulb that can turn on/off and change lights digitally and remotely. One of Hue’s settings is a color loop—basically, a light show. When this action is connected to a GPS trigger like pulling into your driveway, you can set off a light show to greet you at the door.

Here’s a video of the color loop in action:

(The creator of the recipe notes that his kids think he’s magic because the lights dance every time he comes home.)

Other favorites:

Your turn: What recipes do you use?

As you can see, there are a huge number of tricks, tips, hacks, and recipes to run to help you work smarter and supercharge your marketing and productivity. I’ve collected all the ones mentioned here in a list on IFTTT. Here’s a sample platter graphic:

IFTTT social media hacks

Which IFTTT recipes do you use? What are you excited to try?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments and see how we can all work a little smarter together!

Image sources: Wikipedia.

Editor’s Note: This post originally published on May 7, 2014. We’ve updated it here with the latest IFTTT recipes and favorites.

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Written by Kevan Lee

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  • Allie

    Thanks for informing how IFTTT can play a great role in improving social media productivity.

  • Karthikeyan

    Was an active user, at one point in time i stopped as i didn’t manage the recipes well. My bad, but anyway not using it now.

    • Makes a lot of sense! I went through a spell where some of my recipes fell into disrepair, too. Would love to hear if you end up giving it a second look!

      • Karthikeyan

        No. Not going there one more time. The thing is I forget my IFTTT! One time I selected my WordPress to auto publish my articles to Social Media, unmindful of the fact that I already have a IFTTT for that and I ended up spamming others timeline

        • @ratkutti:disqus Kevin from IFTTT here, mind reaching out if we can help out?: https://ifttt.com/help We’ll take a look.

          • Karthikeyan

            Thanks for reaching out Kevin. IFTTT is perfectly fine! 🙂 Its me who screws up. 🙁

      • Sridhar Hari

        Hi Kevan, looking for some help on setting up IFTTT recipe to get a RSS feed to twitter but only for specific topics, using the item feed matches. for ex – ecommerce, shopping etc. i have recipes setup but dont seem to be doing the job. any ideas or examples? thanks

  • I love IFTTT. You just made me love it more.

    • Right on, Caelan! It’s one of my faves! 🙂

  • AndreaLeyden

    I literally have this on my list to do today! I keep putting it off because I’m not sure how to do it so thanks for the tutorial, will dig into it later 🙂

    • How ’bout that timing, Andrea! So funny to think we were on the same page here. I’d love to know what recipes you end up using!

      • AndreaLeyden

        Been meaning to do it for ages. I set up a few recipes to help automate the syndication of our blog posts over at https://www.examtime.com/

  • Just jumped back into IFTTT and forgot how much I LOVE IT! Love that you put the links in the blog to just adopt the recipes. Great stuff Kevan.

    • Absolutely! So glad the links were helpful. 🙂

      Got any favorite recipes that you use?

      • I like a couple of these, but I’ll be browsing the recipe section again for more goodness!

  • Peter Peckarsky

    One issue that some people may have with the recipe that posts your Instagram photos to Twitter is that it does so for every picture. An alternative is to create a Tumblr account just for Instagram pictures that you want to share on Twitter. Then, connect that Tumblr account in the Instagram app. Finally, use the IFTTT recipe that automatically posts any pictures you share on your Tumblr page to Twitter. Now when you’re sharing a photo on Instagram, if you also want to share it on Twitter, just select the Tumblr sharing icon, and it will show up as a tweet with a picture preview 🙂

    • Love that workaround! Really creative! It’s awesome to know that laying a little groundwork can save you a lot of time in the future.

    • Albert Freeman

      Or you could have a recipe that only shares Instagram photos with a certain hashtag to Twitter, rather than all photos.

      • Nicole

        Was just about to disable that recipe. Good idea. Thanks!

  • Evan Dunn

    DUDE this is my jam. Use most of these already.

    My favorite for easy mobile content curation is feedly category > Pocket >Favorite-in-Pocket > Buffer (favoriting in Pocket feels a lot easier to me than using Feedly’s mobile app to save for later)

    Also, don’t you love that Hootsuite had to bow out from IFTTT? Made you guys the champions 😉 I DID love how I didn’t have to have multiple IFTTT accounts for one client’s set of social networks with Hootsuite in IFTTT (each recipe could connect to a different social network in Hootsuite) but robustness is greater than cool features.

    • Wow, Evan! Are we basically the same person? 🙂 So awesome to hear you use many of these recipes already. IFTTT first turned me onto Buffer however many years ago, and I find that it works as a sort of validation for new apps and tools. If they’re on IFTTT, then they’ve got to be good!

      Love how you use Pocket in that curation example. I run a pretty lean Pocket, but with your recommendation, I’m considering bumping it up via feedly. 🙂

      • Evan Dunn

        That’s a great way of thinking about IFTTT! But now I mostly feel too poor to own all those super cool home automation systems…

        The only thing I’m nervous about with IFTTT is if they roll out payment plans and limit popularly-used integrations to paid plans. Hopefully they don’t follow the metered payment style of Zapier and a couple others out there.

        Anyways, great work! These blogs are rocking.

    • Jolyon Favreau

      Wanna share the hootsuite client feed method pls 🙂

  • VirtualAlex

    I use IFTTT to replicate my own tweets back into buffer so I can send the same tweet multiple times a day with little effort: http://agreeordie.com/automatically-replicate-your-own-tweets/

    • Steven Feeney

      Twitter blocks any tweet that is >90% replica of the original within 7 days. You can see it but no one else can. It is a shadow-tweet.

      I would recommend stopping this practice.

      • VirtualAlex

        Wow very interesting… That certainly doesn’t appear to the case however as both versions of my tweets often get interaction even if they are totally identical.

        • Steven Feeney

          Here is the Dev discussion regarding the issue (which fluctuates a bit) https://dev.twitter.com/discussions/800

          • VirtualAlex

            Certainly doesn’t seem definitive. I have yet to be penalized, and I have been using this method for 6+ months on multiple accounts. I have only seen very positive growth both in followers and interactions.

          • Steven Feeney

            Keep it up then 🙂

          • VirtualAlex

            Just to be comprehensive. I have been using my method on multiple accounts since my original message, (7 months ago) and I have suffered no ill effects.

  • Okay now you just gave me a ton more awesomeness to look at. Love it! The three I used for my latest:

    Yesterday I created one for a Blogger label. Each of my guest posters are assigned a unique label (navigation purposes on my site) that I then made a Blogger Label to G+ recipe for. Now not only my blog posts go to G+, but so do theirs through my account.

    Then today I did a “Welcome New Members to FB Group” recipe so that if someone else adds a member, I still have the welcome to group prompt post. (Helpful time saver for me, while still remaining mannerly, which is a huge deal for me.) And the 3rd was to have a specific hashtag post that I share on FB to be shared into a specific group I admin. I ask daily questions (now 2x a day thanks to Buffer!) so now I can label just those posts with a hashtag that will then share the post into a group. I’m hoping that I can increase the engagement in my blogging group that way. I will get them chatting! 🙂

    Between Buffer and IFTTT, I am finding some great methods of increasing my presence (great for building my brand) while helping me share all the wonderfulness I find. Thanks for sharing this fabulous grab bag of ideas! I read a lot of these blogs, but don’t comment. I always find such great tips. I am grateful for everyone at Buffer providing such great content.

    • Thanks so much, Ariana! Sounds like you have some really helpful workflows in place. It’s awesome to see what you’ve done here!

  • Great recipes! I personally use the “RSS Feed –> Buffer” one. It works great, even if I started using more customizable services to do the same things (like dlvr.it). It also helps to have a Google calendar view of my Buffer schedule.

    Not related to social media: I filter emails from clients through Gmail and have IFTTT send me an SMS when a new email arrive, so that I can quickly reply.

    • Oh, that’s a brilliant one for your Gmail > SMS! It’s kind of like having one of those big red phones that the President has. When a VIP calls, it’s all hands on deck! 🙂

      • Yep! Of course you can use other pro services to do the same thing.. like AwayFind, but my solution is free =)

  • jonathanwesley

    Oh, man! Somehow I had completely forgotten about IFTTT! Found it when I was in grad school and too busy to make use of its magic. Thanks for the reminder, and for all the awesome new recipes! WOOOO!

  • I had an issue a couple of weeks ago with IFTTT where I had a recipe that was auto-posting Buffer Tweets to Tumblr. I added a handful of tweets to my queue and when I checked my Tumblr all “tweets” had been posted. Any new Buffer post = All posts was published, even scheduled ones. So if you are planning to use Tumblr like I did it is much better to use Twitter as the trigger rather than relying on Buffer.

    • Good tip! Thanks for trying this one out in the real world. I know a lot of folks who enjoy using Tumblr as part of their social media grab bag. 🙂

  • Seb

    Is it just me or does the G+ workaround via Buffer take about 12 hours to trigger?

    • Oh, that’s no good, Seb! A 12-hour wait can’t be ideal there. I’ve yet to activate this recipe myself, so I’m afraid I can’t say whether or not I’ve experienced the same thing. I’ll give it a try and report back.

  • Agnes Dadura

    I think you’ve got all basic good stuff, plus some extras. It kind of depends what apps you’re using in general. Some other recipes I use:
    Post Instagram photos to Blogger
    Mark Youtube as “watch later” to add to Pocket
    Backup iPhone contacts to Google Drive
    Create Google Calendar event from Evernote
    Add new reminders (from iPhone) to Google Calendar

    • Love these, Agnes! You’ve got quite the recipe book there. 🙂

      • Agnes Dadura

        Glad you like them. Also, I’ve observed that once in a while Instagram blocks the IFTTT as it sees it as potential security threat. I have to reactivate it then again until the next time.

  • Thank you so much for the detailed explanation, Kevan! Since learning more about IFTTT on your last post, I was amazed at its capabilities, but still a bit overwhelmed about where to start. This helps a TON!

    It’s amazing how many free automation tools there are to help us make our lives run more smoothly. These recipes might help our lives become even cooler than the Jetsons (minus the flying cars).

  • joshgates

    how about avoiding speeding tickets? IFTTT to the rescue with Foursquare/Twitter recipe:


    • Haha, love this one!

      (The #popo tag is pretty great, too.) 🙂

  • Gent

    One of the best IFTTT recipes that I’ve ever used is the RSS to SMS one. I’ve got a few favorite blogs the posts of which I certainly don’t want to miss. So I want to be notified as soon as there is a new post via SMS. There’s one thing I recommend, though: don’t create recipes for many RSS feeds or you’ll stay distracted all the time and you’ll probably start ignoring the notifications.

  • realising how crazy IFTTT is, thanks loads will definitely be picking them up along the way

  • Jevon Millan

    You can also send e-mail to Buffer from any channel via IFTTT. That will allow automation to all Buffer profiles, not just the one selected in the Buffer channel.

    • Great tip, Jevon! Yes, this would be awesome for those who want to mass-update their queues! 🙂

    • Readily Social

      Jevon, I’m intrigued and interested in your workaround with the buffer channel profiles but seem confused with how to do so. How do you access all buffer profiles when I have one buffer profile already selected (Twitter vs using both Twitter & G+)? Any help would be appreciated.

      Cheers mate!

      • Jevon Millan

        I set up IFTTT to send an e-mail to Buffer, which will put the content on all Buffer feeds. You can find your special Buffer e-mail when logged into your Buffer account at https://bufferapp.com/guides/email

  • Albert Freeman

    IFTTT is brilliant. I have a few recipes, such as one that copies my best Flickr photos to Facebook, and one that sends an email to my work address if I ‘save for later’ an article in Feedly (useful when I’m not at work). There are a few suggestions in your article I might start using too, so thanks.

    Of course, my most important recipe is the one that will automatically Tweet “Brrr, it’s cold” if I go to Antarctica:

    • Haha, re: your Antarctica tweet: “0 uses” … so far!

      • Albert Freeman

        I rather hope it stays that way. 😉

  • Has anyone ever run into a problem with IFTTT + Twitter? (was using the post IG to native twitter images) I was having problems with twitter randomly following large groups of people and sending spam dm’s. I unauthorized every connected twitter app and brought back one at a time until I ran into the problem again when I connected IFFTTT to twitter.

    • Jeremy

      PS forget to share that I now use Zapier for this automation. Works just as well.

  • I dig the buffering of my favorited tweets, but wish it wouldn’t add “Favorite Tweet” when it goes out.. Anyway to get around that? or did I mess something up?

    • Oh, great question Scott! Yes, there is a spot in the creation process where you can edit the way the tweet gets Buffered. It’s kind of in an odd spot; I missed it completely my first time! If you go in to edit the recipe, you should be able to find the “Favorite Tweet” text and click and edit. Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Chris Noble

    Gold. Excellenet article mate.

  • Ethics & Psychology

    How do I add hashtags when I go from Blogger to Twitter? I would like my “labels” on Blogger to turn into hashtags on Twitter.

  • romuloff

    Thanks. But I would like 2 recipes I’m not finding anywhere:
    1- a recipe to welcome and say hi (facebook private message) to accepted new friend requests (from my side or the other).
    2- send facebook private message to someone that liked a fan page.

    • HoneyRowland

      I’m looking for a recipe too that would post a welcome to folks when they like my fan page. Unfortunately, fb is a butt. 😉 ~Honey

  • Clint Carlson

    I’m loving so much of this. My only issue is the misleading: “A Google Calendar view of my Buffer schedule” This is all good unless I change the staged content or date. How I wish Buffer provided a proper calendar that could sync and not just push out alerts when things are first created.

    • Hi Clint! Thanks so much for the awesome suggestion. It’s super helpful to get feedback like this, especially as we push ahead and seek to improve the product. I’ll be more than happy to pass your idea around with the team!

  • Felix Disselhoff

    The Google+-Recipe to post from Facebook via Buffer to Google+ just doesn’t work. Both accounts are connected. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Hi Felix! Sorry this isn’t working right. I’m hoping maybe I can help. When I’ve had trouble with this one before, it’s sometimes made a difference to disconnect the Buffer channel from IFTTT and then re-connect again. Would this maybe do the trick?

  • joinupdots

    This is amazing stuff. I have just discovered Buffer and IFTT and ill be honest its quite complicated to begin with. Is there a recipe that when a wordpress post is issued to the world, BUFFER can send to FB, Google+, LinkedIn and twitter all in one go (if it can do it at a scheduled time too when my FB fans are more active) then that would be amazing!!!!

    • Great one! Hmm, I think right now IFTTT allows you to connect one of your Buffer profiles (e.g., Facebook). What you might be able to do is create multiple IFTTT accounts and then get a new Buffer profile wired up to each? Sorry it’s not more straightforward than that!

  • Thomas Parkison

    Do you know how to create a recipe that gmails me if a friend’s Facebook status changes? I want to keep an eye on clients and competitors Facebook. Help would be greatly appreciated.

    • I know this question is months old, but I’ll answer anyway: There is no trigger based on status changes of other people, so the recipe you want is not currently possible. Each recipe needs a predefined trigger and a predefined action. Those are defined by the channel, not by users like us. In this case, if there was a predefined trigger based on status changes of other people, you could certainly connect that to a variety of predefined actions, whether sending you email, adding it to a spreadsheet, etc.

      • jasperwillem

        I see this is months old, but in Facebook when you follow someone, you can ask for alerts on your Facebook bar, and those alert can be set to be emailed separately. So, all people I intensely follow, give me email updates.

  • Hope you dont mind me posting this but i have a free software that creates automated recipes in IFTTT that will syndicate your content.
    Feel free to remove if you feel this is inappropriate but its a genuinely good tool for auto syndication and is super simpleto use.

    • Lenny Brokenbrough


      I believe that I have emailed support but I can’t get Blogger to activate no matter what. In the software, on IFTTT, doesn’t matter. Everything else is good. Please advise..

  • Laura

    The only recipe I really want is Tumblr to Pinterest. Any idea when Pinterest will be happening? 🙂

    • Jonathan Wright

      It’s there now, woohoo!

  • MKGJenna

    Our founder, Mike Krass, wrote an article on his success using IFTTT. I think you and your readers would enjoy it: http://mkgmediagroup.com/automate-social-media-success-with-ifttt-if-this-then-that/#.VKLYKsAA

  • SicaBixby

    Since buffer automatically pulls in RSS feeds I’d love it if articles I fav on Pocket or recommend on Umano would be added to the Rss Feeder for me to tweet later.

  • the issue I’m having is that IFTTT is asking to connect to a specifc buffer queue… really what I need is iftt to post to ALL my buffer accounts.

  • Darren Ackers

    Any idea how to automatically thank a Twitter follower publicly on the timeline mentioning their handle. I can create a recipe that thanks the follower, but it mentions their ‘full name’.

    • Paige

      If you use unfollowers.com and go to the automate tab at the top it will automate custom tweets to everyone who follows you

  • I want a recipe which will post to Instagram when i tweet something on Twitter. Is it possible? Anyone can help?

    • Zoe

      IFTTT can’t post anything to Intagram. Instagram is hard wired to only be activated by actual users pressing the post button on the app. This means that content stays more authentic.

  • Mandy

    I really love your articles. This one is super helpful. Thank you for taking the time out to write this!

  • I just discovered IFTTT yesterday and have spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME setting up and creating recipes. Love it! How have I only just found it? Great post Kevan, good to see your suggestions. Great that I can send stuff to Buffer easily.

  • Thomas

    Also ich habe mit ifttt ein dauerhaftes Problem und bin mal gespannt, ob jemand eine Lösung weiß:

    Beschreibung: Ich habe bei google einen Blog.

    Zusätzlich habe ich bei FACEBOOK ca. 250 FANPAGE und bei TWITTER inzwischen die gleiche Anzahl an accounts.

    Natürlich habe ich auch 250 ifttt Konten angemeldet.

    Alles in allem viel Arbeit, aber geschafft.

    Ich poste über google blog eine Nachricht und wähle über Label auch einzelne Gruppen (z.B. einen Ort) aus, die dann durch die if-Rezepte auf einige Facebookseiten verteilt werden sollen.

    Manchmal klappt es, aber nicht komplett, weil ich von ifttt immer wieder die Meldungen bekomme:

    “Your Blogger Channel is offline. It might be that you’ve changed a username, password or some other information recently. ”

    These Recipes will not work until you bring the Channel back online: ……”

    Anschließend muss ich bei diesem ifttt-Konto wieder online gehen…… und da steht dann bei dem entsprechenden Rezept:

    “This Recipe will not work until you reactivate your Blogger Channel.”

    Also gehe ich auf

    und beim Reaktivieren von google blogger kommt dann die Zusatzmeldung: “Wichtiger Hinweis: Die Unterstützung von OAuth1 für Google-Konten endet am 20. April 2015.”

    Bei den näheren Informationen steht dann:

    “Ende der Unterstützung von OAuth 1.0 für Google-Konten

    Manche Anwendungen und Websites nutzen OAuth 1.0 zur Authentifizierung bei Nutzeranmeldungen und für den Zugriff auf Daten, für die Sie eine Zugriffsberechtigung erteilt haben. OAuth 1.0 wurde durch OAuth 2.0 ersetzt. Ab dem 20. April 2015 wird OAuth 1.0 für Google-Konten nicht mehr unterstützt.

    Falls Sie über einen Warnhinweis auf diese Seite gelangt sind, bedeutet dies, dass Sie eine Anwendung oder Website mit OAuth 1.0 verwenden und möglicherweise von dieser Änderung betroffen sind. Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie in der Hilfe der betreffenden Anwendung oder beim entsprechenden Support.

    Wenn Sie der Entwickler einer Anwendung sind, die OAuth 1.0 nutzt, migrieren Sie bitte bis zur Einstellung der Unterstützung zu OAuth 2.0. Informieren Sie sich hier über die Migration zu OAuth 2.0 und den Zeitplan für die Einstellung der OAuth 1.0-Unterstützung.”

    Hierzu ein paar Fragen an aller USER:

    1. Weiß jemand, ob ifttt auf OAuth 2.0 umstellt?

    2. Frage:

    Warum gehen die Blogger Channel Anbindungen bei ifttt immer wieder off?

    Danke für die Hilfe.

    Here the text in english:

    So I’ve been using ifttt a permanent problem and am curious if anyone knows a solution:
    Description: I have a blog on google.
    Additionally, I have about 250 FANPAGE and TWITTER now the same number of accounts on FACEBOOK.
    Of course I also have 250 registered ifttt accounts.
    All in all, a lot of work, but managed.

    I’m posting on google blog and choose a message via label individual groups (eg a town), which will then be distributed by the if-recipes on some Facebook pages.

    Sometimes it works, but not completely, because I always get the messages from ifttt:

    “Your Blogger Channel is offline. It might be you did’ve changed a username, password, or someother information recently.”
    These recipes will not work until you bring the channel back online: …… ”

    Then I must at this ifttt account go back online …… and since then is at the corresponding recipe:
    “This recipe will not work until you reactivate your Blogger channel.”

    So I go to

    and when computer resumes from google blogger then comes the additional message: “Please note that the support of OAuth1 Google Accounts ends on April 20, 2015.”

    For more detailed information then available:
    “End of support for OAuth 1.0 for Google Accounts

    Some applications and websites use OAuth 1.0 for authentication when users and applications to access data for which you have granted permission to access. OAuth 1.0 was replaced with OAuth 2.0. As of April 20, 2015 OAuth 1.0 is no longer supported for Google accounts.

    If you got a warning on this page, it means that you have an application or website with OAuth 1.0 and may be affected by this change. For more information, refer to the help of the relevant application or when appropriate support.

    If you are the developer of an application that uses OAuth 1.0, please migrate until the cessation of support for OAuth 2.0. Find out more about migrating to OAuth 2.0 and the timetable for setting the OAuth 1.0 support. ”

    Here are a few questions to all USER:
    1. Does anyone know if ifttt switches to OAuth 2.0?
    2. Question:
    Why do the bloggers Channel connections with ifttt off again and again?

    Thanks for the help.

  • Nathaniel Offer

    I want to be notified if my favorite podcasts post a new episode so I created a RSS to Gmail IFTTT recipe. When they post the show notes I get an email with a copy of the blog post. Additionally it gives me a searchable record of all the show notes that wont go away if they ever discontinue the blog/podcast.

  • Interesting, thanks for this useful list of ifttt do you have any more useful recipes thanks.

  • If you use Slack, there are all kinds of things you can post to various Slack channels. Try posting the daily Bitcoin price to your #random channel on Slack, via the IFTTT Chain channel. Or add a post to #random every time the President signs a bill into law, via the IFTTT Sunlight Foundation channel. Or if you’re selling products or services, create a Slack channel like #made-a-sale and feed notices into it via IFTTT channels like Square, Gumroad, or Chain.

  • Creating an rss from a pinterest URL doesn’t work. Can someone help me?

  • Schad Dalton

    Is there a way that I can have IFTTT, when it autoposts something from my Instagram or Twitter or Tumblr add a link to my company website?

    For example, I post a picture on my company’s FB wall, which IFTTT then posts to my company Twitter (which is very new), but includes the link to our primary website (where people can sign up for services, etc.?

  • The only issue I’ve found with saving Fav Tweets to Pocket is that I get pages and pages of tweets saved which don’t have a url. 🙁

  • IMO you chose the wrong feedly recipe. 🙂 The “save for later” Feedly recipe is restrictive, taking up your “safe for later” capability. This one is vastly superior because all you have to do is set up a tag for buffer. All tagged posts go into buffer queue and “safe for later” is still available for you. mvn.click/1KcJbLt – you can also set up more than one tag/recipe to process posts from different subject areas.

  • I’m REALLY excited that Pinterest is finally on the list of channels that work with (or through) IFTTT. Here’s a list of my favorite Pinterest IFTTT recipes: http://sierratierra.com/pinterest-marketing-ifttt/

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  • Jamey

    Nicely written.
    thank you for the post.

  • Well, if Buffer worked for me I planned on using IFTTT Tumblr to Buffer to LinkedIn.

  • Tyler Carney

    Just started using IFTTT and was wondering if there was a recipe that will automatically take a specific Facebook page I am following and repost on a Facebook page I manage. Thanks!

  • Rodrigues

    We have a recipe for: If I Post to Blogger Then Post to Facebook Business Page

    However, we are getting an odd image accompanying the Facebook posts. It’s the FB logo plus our library logo. We want to see the image associated with the specific blogger post used as the image on Facebook. Is there something we can change to make this happen?

  • Dom Reidman

    all of this looks and sounds great but I still fail to see real benefit. I simply go into buffer – construct my post for Twitter (one with lowest amount of characters) then simply click on icons for facebook, linkedin, pinterest, google +. Adjust scheduling times if need be. done. Check back in week to check performance. Finally manually curate instagram account (takes less than minute a day).

    Am I missing something here? Why the need for IFTTT.

  • Bronwyn Duffield Witthoft

    I’m trying to find an ifttt recipe which when I send out an mc snap message, it automatically posts a link to that message on my Facebook wall. Anyone know how?

  • I’m using rss > tumblr recipe and am trying to figure out if there is any way to set the img size to 100% so tumblr doesn’t try to resize it and make it grainy? It uses {{EntryImageUrl}} to pull it from the rss feed, but is there any way to add html to it?

  • Kathy Gates

    I have a running store and most of my followers are on Facebook. Can someone help me find a recipe if someone #TRWS on their Facebook photo it uploads to my store’s Facebook photo album? I am having a hard time finding the recipe for this! Thanks!!

  • IFTT is a great application that helps organize my life and optimize social media content reach. There are so many platforms and uses, especially when you learn to craft your own recipes. We have been experimenting on our feed at http://seotraversecity.com where we take the rss feed and syndicate to our branded social accounts and it has helped with our content syndication efforts.

  • Guillermo Faría

    Hi!, am I the only one realising that the buffer channel in IFTTT only connects to ONE service at the time?. I believe its useless, and by the way, I´ve after this issue for almost 3 years now… =(

    missing the buggy hootsuite channel so much…

    • I don’t know about the Hootsuite channel, but it really is a pain to only be able to connect ONE social media account or ONE Gmail account (etc.) within an IFTTT account. As a social media manager, there’s tons of ways I’d like to use IFTTT for Buffer (with multiple clients loaded into my Buffer account) but it only lets me select one channel (a single client’s Facebook, for example) and will not allow me to duplicate the recipe for other accounts or allow me to add a new recipe for any other channel. This makes no sense to me… seems obvious that you should be able to specify a new account to each recipe you add, if you want to. I really feel like I’m missing something here…

      • how about setting up an account with ifttt for each client and then you can create recipes for each one with their individual accounts?

        • I ended up doing just that. 🙂 But it’s just a bit inefficient to have to log in and out between all of them when I just need to do a simple update. It’d be great to have all the channels in one (even if I needed to pay a little more for the service). I’m actually looking at Zapier now for that.

  • I’m looking for a recipe that would post my Facebook pictures I post to Instagram.
    I’ve found Instagram to Facebook but not the other way around.

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    I am in need of a way to log certain facebook messenger conversations. I was hoping to find a recipe that will basically copy my chosen facebook messenger conversations, with date/time stamps and everything, as they happen. I need to capture these ‘rooms’ from their inception as well. I can’t seem to find a recipe for this. Can someone please point me in the right direction?

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  • Jay Kenney

    Hi I’m thinking about using this. I asked IFTTT if they stored anything. I’m using it to move emails from Gmail to Google Drive and want to make sure they are not storing the emails. They said they don’t. Is that your understanding as well?

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  • Jahangeer

    I’m looking for a reciepe that would help me create a List from a specific Hashtag. If anyone knows how, please suggest.

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  • dori mondon

    I have two IFTTT accounts – they seem to get crossed all the time 🙁 not sure why this is, but it’s extraordinarily inconvenient.