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“If This Then That” (IFTTT) is a social media service that combines 166 chan- nels such as Twitter, Android and iOS location services, and RSS into “reci- pes” that can integrate government social media, data, location-based services and the Internet of Things. Now one of nearly 80 social media platforms with federal-friendly terms of service, IFTTT can empower federal managers to operate more effectively, and its developer platform can fuel everything from open archives to wearable devices with government application program- ming interfaces. So what does IFTTT mean and how does it work? If one action is taken on one channel, such as Facebook, you can automatically trigger another action in another channel, such as SMS. For example, you could cre- ate a recipe where every Facebook post you send is auto-archived in a document for records management. Taking the recipe further, you could create triggers where every single social media or blog post sent from any of your approved platforms is auto-archived in a shared Google Calendar that creates an open archive and visual records man- agement system that ensures centralized accountability for any number of satellite offices and agencies. (See http://is.gd/ FCW_IFTTT _archive_tweets.) And that’s just the beginning. I asked some API enthusiasts in the SocialGov community which of their favorite reci- pes were must-haves for digital teams or those new to the platform. Although putting government APIs to use for citi- zens in IFTTT has exciting potential, we focused on recipes that could be used internally for government. Here are three worth sharing: Alerts As a product manager at 18F, Leah Ban- non needs to know when a customer or collaborator wants to take action. The 18F Dashboard, for instance, demon- strates the progress of projects from Discovery > Alpha > Beta > Live and invites people to get involved. She recom- mends establishing automatic alerts for programs like this to ensure your team is ready to meet them. Example: “Notify me if someone sub- mits a pull request to the 18F Dash- board” (http://is.gd/FCW_IFTTT_pull_ requests) Notifications Melody Kramer, an innovation specialist at 18F, has an eye on where the discus- sions are happening outside government and wants to make sure she’s informed. She recommends that teams set up noti- fications that will automatically inform them when a URL from one of their digi- tal properties is shared on another plat- form. That approach helps her identify where the conversations are happening so she can meet customers where they are. Example: “Notify me if someone sub- mits a link to 18F to Reddit” (http://is.gd/ FCW_IFTTT _reddit_links) Recruitment Tim Lowden, a program analyst in the General Services Administration’s Digi- tal Analytics Program, knows that new positions in digital government are ris- ing up across agencies. To help with pro- fessional development and recruitment, he recommends using IFTTT to help potential applicants receive alerts when jobs matching specific criteria (such as the positions your department hires) are posted on USAJobs. Such alerts can be customized for keywords, agencies, salary, etc. Example: “Send a daily email digest of new NASA postings on USAJobs” (http:// is.gd/FCW_IFTTT _jobs) And that’s just the beginning. We’re plan- ning an API cook-off for later this sum- mer for agencies to explore developing public service channels that would fold government services into IFTTT. So if you’ve got a recipe (or an idea for one), let me know at email@example.com. n Justin Herman is the General Ser- vices Administration’s social media lead and is currently detailed to 18F to focus on talent recruitment. This article is adapted from his IFTTT posts on DigitalGov.gov. IFTTT: Your digital duct tape BY JUSTIN HERMAN If one action is taken on one channel, such as Facebook, you can automatically trigger another action in another channel, such as SMS. June 30, 2015 FCW.COM 23 0630fcw_012-025.indd 23 6/10/15 1:16 PM
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