While sitting around with a few friends I was joking I’d like a way to automate writing Facebook birthday messages on my friend’s walls. (Yes, I realize this completely misses the point of a thoughtful or witty comment to mark one’s passage around the sun.) As a joke I periodically wrote “happy birthday xo” on one friend’s wall. I got a bit of a chuckle as other people followed suit on her un-birthday.
I heard about IFTTT (IF This Then That), a web app to automate various things, about 6 months ago. Most of the existing recipes didn’t seem that useful to me. The idea interested me, but I didn’t know how to make it useful for my life.
I’ve wanted a Tivoli radio for awhile, but wasn’t willing to pay $250 for one. Periodically I’ve looked on Craigslist, but they aren’t many postings. I used IFTTT I setup a recipe to text me if one was posted on Craigslist Vancouver. Within a week I found one for $70. It has a small scratch, but I’m okay with that. I’ve also setup recipes to email me when other things I’m looking for are posted on Craigslist.