I've been doing some experimentation with If This Then That service.

This service is a web application that allows you to concoct "recipes" between different "channels," e.g., send all my Tweets from Twitter to Facebook (or Google Reader, Evernote, etc.).

Currently, there is a limited number of channels. I'd like to be able to send an alert to another custom application (even a desktop client, perhaps), but such a channel doesn't exist.

Aside from using an existing channel like email or Twitter, and triggering a special email or Tweet as output from IFTTT, with which the custom application could read the result by parsing the email or using the Twitter API, is there a more optimal way to make my own channel to control my custom application directly?

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How about creating a pipe on Yahoo Pipes? It will allow fine tuning input, output and options. Think of it as your own web service in the cloud, created through simple UI tools.

  • I've never used Pipes, I took a look at it, and the concept sounds interesting, but what are Yahoo's long term plans for it?
    – jonsca
    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:21
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    What are Yahoo's long term plans - that's the 6 billion dollar question in the valley right now :) Oct 17, 2011 at 16:15
  • Hehe, you know what I mean. I have in the back of my head that they were planning on phasing it out, but perhaps I am thinking of something else.
    – jonsca
    Oct 17, 2011 at 19:52
  • You may be thinking of BOSS. MS bought that gig from Yahoo and may be phasing it out in favor of BING Oct 19, 2011 at 13:53
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    @glenviewjeff indeed it is. Didn't know that back in 2011 though :) Aug 1, 2015 at 1:43

IFTTT has created what they call "DO" buttons for Android and iOS. You can cause virtually any action to kick off by pressing a button on your screen or (soon) your watch.

DO Button

(Nothing for your desktop, though.)

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