ANYWAY. Now that you've gotten in to Darden and a few of your safeties (coughcoughinsertotherschoolhere) you're probably looking for anything that will make life easier in your exciting new existence as a business school student. Three quick bits of advice, practice Excel if you don't use it regularly (as in buy a book with exercises, don't just type things into cells for 30 minutes a day), read up on accounting if you've never taken it and if you know you want to go into consulting, read Case in Point before you get to school. I'll expand on preparatory summer reading for you overachievers another day but before you do any of that, you should join and download If This Then That, AKA IFTTT. Click through to hear why!
What is IFTTT?
Launched in 2010 when your dad still had a BlackBerry to complain about, IFTTT is an automated crossplatform service that connects your online profiles and executes actions based on your predetermined triggers.
There are lots of platforms on the internet that allow you do amazing things like share photos and videos, track contacts, read articles, manage your finances and... come on, you know what the internet does by now. However, most of these platforms have functions that overlap and while it would be great if they all played nice together, they usually only work with a few others, if any. That's where IFTTT comes in to bridge the gap between API's and make all of those logos on the left cooperate.
Oh, I get it. Nerd stuff. How does it work and what can it do for me?
You set triggers aka the "If This" part, that will then cause a second action to happen, the "Then That" part. Both of these are chosen from any of the websites, networks and devices to the left. These are called recipes and you can have as many as you want.
VERY BASIC EXAMPLE: "If I Tweet something, post that to my Facebook status"
Well sadly there is no recipe for "If someone I meet from a company I want to work for gives me his business card, add all of his info to my contacts and send a nice thank you e-mail referencing details of our conversation before I lose his card and then frantically try to figure out the company's e-mail naming convention based on his colleagues' addresses." But, there are lots of other cool things and you can actually come pretty close to that totally fictional business card scenario.
- For example you could have every thing you text to a certain number added to a predetermined google doc. This is perfect for updating your recruiting log at events before you forget.
-You could set the trigger for Craigslist to "apartments in Charlottesville < $1000" and then get an email any time a new one is added to the website.
- You could also have a reminder to bring an Umbrella appear at 7:15 AM (when you will of course already be up and almost ready for class everyday without fail) if rain is in the forecast for that day.
-IFTTT also alleviates the pain of cross-syncing calendars, as well as downloading any media you "like" on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, etc. to a Dropbox account.
-IFTTT plays with hardware too, allowing you to sync recipes with devices like the Jawbone UP24 (more on that later) and special light switches.
-It can EVEN alert your friends when you get back from a trip so they know you are available for all of the fun events they will definitely invite you to now that they know you're in town. Right guys? Right??
I could go on and on but that would take all the fun out of it, right you little IFTTT Picasso you? If you're looking for inspiration each platform has tons of pre-suggested recipes other people have cooked up on the site and you can also check out these 101 ideas though I warn you, some are very stupid.
Oh that reminds me, Happy Holidays you guys! Guess that wasn't such a stupid idea after all.