New API Integration: IFTTT!

We’re excited to announce that as of today, Genius is available as a Channel on IFTTT! IFTTT (If This Then That) — pronounced like “gift” without the “g” — is a tool for wiring together accounts and services. This builds on our existing developer API and continues expanding the ways you can get creative with Genius as a platform.

We’re starting off with two actions to take and two triggers to which you can respond.

The actions are following annotations on a web page or on a song with your Genius account. These make it easy to start hearing about annotations on things that matter to you.

For example, if you’re a SoundCloud user:

IFTTT Recipe: Follow SoundCloud songs you like on Genius connects soundcloud to genius

Or if you want to keep up with music that’s getting press instead:

IFTTT Recipe: Follow music articles from Entertainment Weekly on Genius connects entertainment-weekly to genius

The triggers are for new annotations created by you with Genius Beta on any web page or new annotations by anyone on a specific web page. These can be used in Recipes that respond to annotation activity from across the web.

Using Genius as a research tool?

IFTTT Recipe: Save your Genius web page annotations to Evernote connects genius to evernote

Or maybe there’s a site you want to keep tabs on:

IFTTT Recipe: Get a daily email digest of Genius annotations on a web page connects genius to email-digest

Want to let Genius control your lighting?

IFTTT Recipe: Blink your lights when a web page is annotated with Genius connects genius to lifx

Okay, that one might just be for the extreme fans. But plenty of our other published Recipes can really expand your Genius experience.

Maybe what’s most exciting is that this integration multiplies the potential for apps built directly on our API. Now when your client creates new annotations, that can be linked up to trigger actions on other services.

So give it a try! We’re excited to see how you use IFTTT with Genius and what new Recipes you come up with.

— Daniel Luxemburg (@dluxemburg), engineer in test at Genius

Posted on July 13, 2015 .