3 Bridge Building Online Tools


Did I save that file to Dropbox?  No, I think I used Evernote? Just like everyone, some of my data is on different mountaintops. It seems every volunteer organization uses different services as their online basecamp. Creating bridges between some of these online services is getting more important.

This week I thought I would share three that I use on any given day:


IFTTT (an acronym for If This Then That) connects two services together so that an action from one service triggers an action at another. It sounds a bit wonky, but think of it as a bridge between two services where you have control over what crosses that bridge. Users are now building about 20 million bridges each day.

There are two ways you can control the traffic over the bridge: DO or IF. Do Recipes run with just a tap and enable you to create your own personalized Button, Camera, and Notepad on your app. IF Recipes run automatically in the background. Most of mine are if statements. Here are a few examples I created:

IFTTT Recipe: Star ★ a Gmail, send it to Evernote connects gmail to evernoteIFTTT Recipe: Rain God connects weather to sms

IFTTT Recipe: Save Tweets to Evernote connects twitter to evernoteIFTTT Recipe: Backup ios Contacts to Google Drive connects ios-contacts to google-drive


Pushbullet is a bridge you can’t see, but it works. Pushbullet is the easiest way to transfer files, links, notes, lists, and addresses between your desktop computer and your mobile device. It is free and fills some gaps that Dropbox can’t handle.

Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Send links between devices
  • Copy files to other devices: This includes pictures, videos, PDFs, or music files.
  • Open an address in your maps app
  • Push a link to someone else’s phone
  •  Universal message manager with support for several messaging apps like WhatsApp, Hangouts, or Facebook Messenger.

Chrome Browser

Is a browser really a bridge building tool? I think so. It is on every one of my devices and with these extensions you can get data most places.