A Cosplayer’s Guide To Streamlining Social Media With One Awesome Tool

What if I told you there was a tool out there that could allow you to share a photo to several social networks — or even accounts at once, or save every photo you were tagged in on facebook?

Sounds pretty awesome huh? The best part it is FREE.

Meet your new best friend in social media If This Then That (IFTTT).

In a nutshell, IFTTT is a simple programmable framework that allows you to connect to your accounts on various social networks and do certain tasks like post, share, get notifications, etc to trigger actions.

That’s IFTTT, tool that you can program to do pretty much anything with for anything that it can connect to.

And that is a pretty big list of things (122 different apps or functions you can connect to).

I’m not going to go over the specifics on how to create your own recipes as IFTTT does an amazing job of simplifying the process.

However I will list my favorite recipes and provide links to them so you can use them for yourself.

Save Photos to Dropbox when you are tagged on Facebook

I get tagged in convention photos all the time, so many that I have trouble keeping up.

What do I do?

I save them to dropbox (or evernote or google drive) using IFTTT.

Unfortunately it only saves to one folder, since I believe in photographers getting credit where credit is due if I post or share the photo, I later go in and sort them into new subfolders sorted by photographer.

Here is the recipe link: https://ifttt.com/recipes/58225-save-photos-you-were-tagged-in

Reposting facebook page photos to Twitter or vice versa

We hashtag everything even if it is not necessary, and now that hashtags are actually searchable on Facebook, it does not seem out of the ordinary to use IFTTT to repost a picture on twitter or take a picture on twitter and post to your facebook page.

Here are two recipes that will allow you to do just that.

Facebook pages to Twitter: https://ifttt.com/recipes/73912-facebook-page-photos-to-twitter-as-image-cards

Twitter to your Facebook page: https://ifttt.com/recipes/238134-twitter-photo-to-facebook-page

Uploading your Facebook photos to Flickr

This is a very useful recipe for cosplay photographers as I know most of my cosplay photographer friends all maintain Flickr accounts.

Here is a recipe that will allow you to automatically upload any new facebook page photo uploads to your flickr account.

Recipe link: https://ifttt.com/recipes/3781-upload-a-new-photo-on-your-facebook-page-and-it-ll-be-uploaded-to-your-flickr-account

Hopefully you are all getting an idea of how immensely useful IFTTT actually is for organizing and saving time when it comes to social media.

I’d love to get feedback on how you have been able to put IFTTT to work for you.