Well I am just a little bit stoked by something I learned today!
A fellow member of a Facebook blogging group* shared a tip about a site that allows you to set up sharing from Instagram to your Facebook Page – instead of just to your personal profile. It was a real gem, and so I’m paying it forward and sharing it with you!
This is great for business owners who want to keep the content on their Facebook pages fresh, but are hindered by the fact that certain apps, like Instagram, only allow Android users to post to their personal profiles and not their Facebook pages.
The site is called IFTTT (pronounced ‘ift’ as in ‘gift’), which is an acronym for If This, Then That.
I’m sure there are plenty of uses for it, but I’ll concentrate on the task at hand: posting from Instagram to a Facebook Page.
Here’s what you need to do to set it up:
- Join IFTTT; it doesn’t cost anything.
- Click on the Create Recipe button.
- Click on ‘this‘ in ifthisthenthat.
- Choose a Trigger Channel; in this case it would be Instagram.
- Choose a Trigger; I would choose ‘New photo by you tagged’ so that I could choose which photos are posted to my Facebook Page.
- Authorise IFTTT to access your Instagram account.
- Enter the tag you want to use that will trigger posting to your Facebook Page. I used #MagicVA.
- Then you click on the ‘that‘ in ifthisthenthat.
- Choose the Action Channel; in this case it would be Facebook Pages.
- Authorise IFTTT to access your Facebook Account and choose your page.
- Choose an Action: Upload a photo from URL
- In the Photo URL field, if it’s not already there, click on the plus sign, choose Image Source URL and click on Add Ingredient.
- In the Message field, delete the default values, click on the plus sign, choose Photo Caption Without Tag and click on Add Ingredient.
- Click on Create Action.
- Click on Create Recipe.
This is what you need to do to use it:
- Take a photo with Instagram.
- Make it pretty and enter your caption.
- Make sure you add your chosen hashtag at the end of your caption; remember that mine was #MagicVA.
- Share it. You don’t need to select Facebook in the sharing options, because IFTTT does it behind the scenes.
- Go check out your page after 15 minutes and voilà, your photo and caption should be there.
Now that you’ve created your first IFTTT recipe, try it on other channels. For instance I’ve created a recipe that will allow me to post only certain hashtagged tweets to my Facebook Page. Cool eh?!
Consider this an IFTTT from me to you! :-)
If you like this post, consider pinning it for later reference. Here’s a Pinterest-friendly image:
Note: IFTTT will check for triggers once every 15 minutes, so it won’t turn up if you test it immediately after creating the recipe. Also, this recipe only works on new photos, so don’t try to re-share an existing Instagram photo, because that won’t work.
* Thanks to Zoey from The Shake for the excellent tip!