I began wheatpasting a photo of him with a QR over his mouth (he often says the government/big corporations are trying to kill him) and the phrase "have you seen me?" around the subway stations he's usually on. The QR code went to an SMS #, which caught an IFTTT trigger to turn that SMS into an email (to an anonymous Gmail account) which, upon receipt, caught another IFTTT trigger and posted the text of their message to a Tumblr account -- one seamless workflow. This way, people could in more-or-less real time keep tabs on him and how he's doing.
It went well until the police took down the posters, of course. Haven't thought of a way around that, yet.
People used QR codes?
I'm very surprised (seriously)
Instead of browsing recipes, just know the kind of things that are possible and leave. But, next time you run into a frustration †, hopefully IFTTT will be in your peripheral considerations and then you can set it up. Much more relevant that way.
† Like for example you wished you had a message the night before that it was gonna snow big time during the night, so you can set the alarm a little earlier. Or something like that.
I did something similar when taking an operating systems class. Linux kernel compiles take quite a long time, so I set up my site to send me a text message when I "GET /compile-done." Then, a quick "make ; curl http://my-site/compile-done would drop me a text message and I could get a sandwich or something until it was done.
It also triggers an email when I have new artist recommendation based on my scrobbling history.
This took an anxious week and turned it into full blown 24x7 nightmare. ;)
Then at the end of the year I have a full list of everywhere I went and can give to my accountant.
I have about 10 recipes searching classified or bargain sites for various things I intend to buy, but don't need urgently, and get an alert sent to Pushover when matches are found. The sites do not allow you to search and email results, but you can search and generate an RSS feed.
After Google Reader was announced as shutting down I made recipes for my favourite sites and push the articles to Pocket. Offline articles ready to go every morning.
And then there's all the Ingress passcodes I get automatically forwarded to Pushover...
On Fridays around 4pm I have an automatic tweet going out asking what's happening that night. Nothing too fancy.
I archive any Instagram photo I like to Drive also.
You know you can just browse your starred items, right?
It uses RSS feeds to spit out content. I've only sent maybe 5 tweets in the accounts entire life.
I wonder about other things that are nice to have an ambient awareness of. It can't be too many things, otherwise you risk overwhelming yourself with notifications / beeps / things to check / glowing orbs, but I bet we all have a bit of room for more of that.
I simply have no imagination when it comes to things like this. I really wish i did. I could probably make my life much easier if i did.
---which they sprang after years of collecting good stuff from good-spirited folks. Thanks but no thanks.
Which has been annoying on occasion - but less occasions than I'd've thought.
Also tidy your laundry room! :p
I tried to use it to crawl photos and news and put it to my google drive, but in most cases I ended up with thumbnails and intro-texts. :\
Example feed: http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwaatmget.php?x=TXZ103&y=0
If you change your Facebook profile pic > change twitter
Text me the weather every morning
Star ★ a Gmail, send it to Evernote
I also have the weather for my area texted to me every morning, which is pretty handy. Another recipe of mine is to automatically forward my App.net posts to Twitter.
His site was hosted on GitHub pages, so I could get the RSS from his commits, feed it through IFTTT, and have it text me whenever he pushed new content.
While his site is 'gone,' the repository still exists, so I still have the trigger active.
Example: #re2 would get auto-retweeted for two days in a row.
Around the time I got this working correctly, twitter kicked ifttt out. sigh
I had socialcam on my phone post to YouTube. ifttt picked up new youtube videos and posted them as wordpress posts. Feedburner then picked up the RSS item and tweeted it.
So making a 5m video ended up taking exactly 5m and everything else was cobbled together as a chain of services.