Tweet alerts on Twitter

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Summary

Posting an email alert on Twitter is easy to do, using the right tools, and is a good channel to let your co-workers and customers know when a site is down and when it comes back up.

Prerequisites

  1. An email account
  2. An account for that email account with http://www.ifttt.com/wtf
  3. A twitter account

Steps

  1. Log into IFTTT (http://www.ifttt.com/wtf) and create a new recipe by cling on the "Create" link at the top of the page
  2. Click on the big link "this":
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  3. Choose a Trigger channel - select "Email":
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  4. Choose a Trigger setting. Select "Send IFTTT any email". When an email alert from WebWatchBot is sent to trigger@ifttt.com from your email address, this recipe will be triggered:
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  5. Create the trigger by clicking on the "Create Trigger" button:
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  6. Note that the trigger is configured. By sending an email to trigger@ifttt.com from the email account used to create the IFTTT account, this recipe will be triggered:
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  7. Click the link "that" to create the recipe action:
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  8. Choose Trigger Channel, by clicking on "Twitter". Note: After clicking this button, you may be taken through a series of steps to authorize IFTTT to post on behalf of your twitter account (not shown):
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  9. Choose an Action, by clicking on "Post a tweet":
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  10. Complete Action Fields, by using the defaults and clicking on "Create Action":
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  11. Create and Activate the recipe, by clicking on the "Create Recipe" button:
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  12. Test your recipe by sending an email to "trigger@ifttt.com" from the email address you configured for this recipe, and then check your twitter account for the tweet.