Node Red: A Private IFTTT
I used IFTTT on-and-off over the years to connect various ephemeral online stuff together (“Copy Recently Liked Instagram Pictures To Dropbox”): on when it sounded convenient, off when I realized they had all my passwords, on again when they got their app-specific sign-in process right. Now, since they are a start-up, they started doing start-up things.
So, I remembered what I did after Google Reader shut down and went looking for a decentralized alternative that I could run for and by myself.1 Enter Node Red, which looks easy and spiffy enough. Not quite end user-friendly, but I have enough CS background to get what the interface wants from me. (Only hurdle so far: realizing that node customization is not accessible in the right-hand-side panel but pops up upon double clicking the node.) I have a computer that’s running 24/7, so that’s where it will get deployed.
Of course, the nodes don’t supply all the information I need to copy recently-liked pictures from Instagram onto Dropbox with meaningful filenames, but everything is open source and on github, so looks like I’ll have some hacking to do in my future.