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Gary Green
Surrey County Council Library Service
gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk
Automating the discovery & sharing of online
i...
Many Places = Many Conversations
 Many websites focus on networked
communication
 Many people are on networks -
discover...
Automate to Overcome Problems
 Automating discovery & sharing of
resources
 Online services inc. www.ifttt.com
 Benefit...
What is IFTTT?
 A free web service
 IFTTT = If This Then That
 Connect over 60 online & messaging
services (channels) t...
Why is it Useful?
 Pull information together easily
 Share information easily
 Manage information flows
 Wider online ...
Which Services Connect?
 Social networks
 Bookmarking sites
 Image, video, audio sharing sites
 Blogging services
 Do...
How Does it Work?
 Connect 2 channels together
 1st channel is the Trigger
 2nd channel is the Response
 Each Trigger/...
The Recipe
Trigger - new RSS item
Response - send tweet
{{ }} contains data from
RSS feed. You add the
rest
The generated ...
Recipes
Recipes
Services Similar to IFTTT
 Zapier
 https://zapier.com/
 WeWiredWeb
 http://www.wewiredweb.com/
 Elastic.io
 http://w...
Issues and Drawbacks
 Information overload
 It’s easy to bombard people with too
much information
 Uninformative or mis...
Human Input
 Check regularly - ensure it works as
expected
 Control how information passes between
channels
 Stop irrel...
Search, Identify, Gather
 Useful sources of information:
 Any with an ifttt channel
 Any with an RSS feed
 Better to p...
Assess and Evaluate
 Use intermediary stage between
discovery/sharing eg Pocket:
 Some functionality of RSS reader
 Poc...
Communicate and Share
 Define:
 Where you want information to be sent
 When you want it to be shared
 How you adapt/ta...
Organise and Archive
 Standardise discovery & sharing methods
 Keep record/archives/logs of items
shared
 Backup inform...
Automating Discovery and Sharing
 Spend less time juggling different web presences
 Standardise your information sharing...
Gary Green
Surrey County Council Library Service
gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk
Automating the discovery & sharing of online
i...
Image Credits
 Social media beakers – iconshock.com
 Social media heroes – iconshock.com
 Social media trucks – cutelit...
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Automating the Discovery & Sharing of Information Across Multiple Networks with IFTTT (Umbrella Conference 2013)

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Automating the Discovery & Sharing of Information Across Multiple Networks with IFTTT (Umbrella Conference 2013)

  1. 1. Gary Green Surrey County Council Library Service gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk Automating the discovery & sharing of online information resources across multiple social networks
  2. 2. Many Places = Many Conversations  Many websites focus on networked communication  Many people are on networks - discovering, communicating, sharing  Locating/sharing information in right way, with right audience, at right time across a number of sites/accounts can be difficult
  3. 3. Automate to Overcome Problems  Automating discovery & sharing of resources  Online services inc. www.ifttt.com  Benefits & drawbacks of automation  Why your input is important  The information literacy connection
  4. 4. What is IFTTT?  A free web service  IFTTT = If This Then That  Connect over 60 online & messaging services (channels) together  Automatically feed information/data between channels
  5. 5. Why is it Useful?  Pull information together easily  Share information easily  Manage information flows  Wider online presence  Organise it all via a single site  Effective use of time & resources
  6. 6. Which Services Connect?  Social networks  Bookmarking sites  Image, video, audio sharing sites  Blogging services  Document storage & collaboration  Email & messaging services  Date, time, weather, stock alerts, health/lifestyle
  7. 7. How Does it Work?  Connect 2 channels together  1st channel is the Trigger  2nd channel is the Response  Each Trigger/Response combo is a recipe  If Trigger does This action Then Response does That action  Recipes are regularly checked & run
  8. 8. The Recipe Trigger - new RSS item Response - send tweet {{ }} contains data from RSS feed. You add the rest The generated tweet
  9. 9. Recipes
  10. 10. Recipes
  11. 11. Services Similar to IFTTT  Zapier  https://zapier.com/  WeWiredWeb  http://www.wewiredweb.com/  Elastic.io  http://www.elastic.io/  Cloudwork  https://cloudwork.com/  Wappwolf  http://wappwolf.com
  12. 12. Issues and Drawbacks  Information overload  It’s easy to bombard people with too much information  Uninformative or misleading headlines/article titles in item feeds  Information doesn’t get pulled through in the way you expect
  13. 13. Human Input  Check regularly - ensure it works as expected  Control how information passes between channels  Stop irrelevant information being shared  Share manually if more appropriate  Use an information literacy perspective…
  14. 14. Search, Identify, Gather  Useful sources of information:  Any with an ifttt channel  Any with an RSS feed  Better to pull in more information & sift later?  Don’t automatically assume every item will be relevant…
  15. 15. Assess and Evaluate  Use intermediary stage between discovery/sharing eg Pocket:  Some functionality of RSS reader  Pocket tags can be used to act as triggers  Helps sift out items you don’t want to share
  16. 16. Communicate and Share  Define:  Where you want information to be sent  When you want it to be shared  How you adapt/tailor information to the channel
  17. 17. Organise and Archive  Standardise discovery & sharing methods  Keep record/archives/logs of items shared  Backup information automatically
  18. 18. Automating Discovery and Sharing  Spend less time juggling different web presences  Standardise your information sharing practice  Get the machine to take some of the strain  Keep control
  19. 19. Gary Green Surrey County Council Library Service gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk Automating the discovery & sharing of online information resources across multiple social networks.
  20. 20. Image Credits  Social media beakers – iconshock.com  Social media heroes – iconshock.com  Social media trucks – cutelittlefactory.com  Social media hearts – customicondesign.com  All other screenshots www.ifttt.com

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