As I prepare for the upcoming #ISTE12 conference, I have been scrambling to get packed, organize my technology devices, and develop a plan to make the most of the learning experience. If you are attending the conference, or following the back channel on Twitter, you might want to have a system for capturing intriguing tweets, posts, or images, and consolidating them in one place. Already an avid Twitter and Evernote user, I have recently turned to a relatively new internet service, If This Then That (IFTT), to manage my information flow for the next several days. By creating a few simple algorithms (called a “recipe” in IFTT), I will be able to capture elements of my #ISTE12 conference experience in my Evernote account. For those interested, here are a few of the recipes I will be using. Feel free to use them as they are, or modify them to meet your own needs.
1. Recipe #1 – Append any Tweet, with a specified hashtag, to a note in your Evernote account. http://ifttt.com/recipes/41916 This will create one note, with a running list of tweets. My recipe appends anything I tweet, that includes the hashtag #ISTE12, to a note titled “iste12″ in a “tweets” notebook in my Evernote account. The note looks something like this: 2. Recipe #2 – I plan on “visually” documenting the conference, so this recipe will allow me to send any Instagram photo, tagged with #iste12, to a notebook in my Evernote account. http://ifttt.com/recipes/41925 As you might imagine, there are many other IFTTT options that streamline the process of collecting information and keeping up with the conference backstream. IFTT is also a great way to manage your everday work/social media flow — the opportunities are endless. If interested, here are a couple other recipes I use: Notable Tweets – append any tweet tagged with #en, to a note in a specified Evernote notebook. http://ifttt.com/recipes/41926 Read it Later (with Pocket) – this recipe will send the link in any tweet tagged with “later” to a Pocket account. http://ifttt.com/recipes/41929
Enjoy #ISTE12 – either in person, or virtually. If you are attending, track me down and say hello!