If This, Then That

Just found ifttt (If This, Then That), a site which lets you easily build a two-step workflow such as “When a news item is posted on this site, add it to my news reader” or “When I upload a post to Flickr, post it to Picasa too.”

A full decade ago, a CEO was telling me that the future was in “programming for the masses,” that certain elements of programming would get easier and easier for normal people to do. He pointed towards  scheduling apps as the sorts of things that should be easily extended to this. Imagine sending out an invite with a poll of available times, then setting a time after a certain number of people voted, such that people who check later only get that time.

(To be clear, he wasn’t suggesting that programming would become easy, just that end-user tools would get increasingly powerful workflow-style tools that remained simple.)

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