When I launched my new service Email It In for sending attachments to Google Drive, a couple of friends pointed out that IFTTT could do the same thing. Intrigued, I signed up for IFTTT to find out how well it worked.
Here’s the problems I found:
- I signed up with a tagged address (as I do for every web site): helpme+<tag>@gmail.com so I could track more easily any emails sent from IFTTT.
- The way emailing IFTTT works is you have to send FROM your sign up email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I can’t send emails from anywhere easily using tags in the From address.
- I can’t give out my ifttt.com email address to family to put files into my Google Drive, because it’s just email@example.com.
Furthermore, IFTTT makes absolutely zero guarantees about how it processes those files. Are they written to disk? How is it processed?
IFTTT is a great service, but just doesn’t compare to emailitin.com in this situation.