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IFTTT Recipes: Post to App.net

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IFTTT recipe Post to Appnet

Wouldn't you like to post (tweet?) to App.net from the Twitter client you already love with no extra effort? IFTTT works that magic for you.

App.net is a young, Twitter-like service. It's funded entirely by annual memberships, which is appealing to many who dislike intrusive advertising like sponsored tweets or Twitter's newly restrictive rules for developers.

Since it's still in active development (alpha access is being slowly rolled out to early adopters), there's not much support by way of fully formed apps for iOS and OS X. I dislike posting from a browser, so I've been ignoring App.net for the time being. However, IFTTT's recently-added App.net support lets me contribute with the Twitter apps I already use. Here's how to build this recipe.

First, enable both the Twitter channel and the App.net channel (provided that you're in on the alpha). Then follow these steps:

  1. Choose "New tweets by you" as the trigger. Optionally include mentions and retweets.
  2. Choose App.net as the action, then "Post an update." Fiddle with the ingredients to you liking (I accepted the default).
  3. Click "Create action," give it a name and finally click "Create recipe."

You're done! Now tweets composed and shared with your favorite Twitter client will appear in your App.net stream. You'll have to go over there to monitor replies, etc., but this takes care of the posting. Enjoy!

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