My IFTTT Twitter RSS-to-Evernote Recipe is Finally Failing: 2 Workarounds

Last year, Twitter changed its API so that IFTTT could not longer use it as a trigger. Previous to that, I had an IFTTT recipe that sent all of my tweets to Evernote. I came up with a workaround that used Twitter’s RSS feed to send all of my Tweets to Evernote. That worked for a long time, but it looks like, as of yesterday, it has started to fail:

IFTTT Error

I think quite a few people were using this IFTTT recipe as a convenient way to automate getting their tweets into Evernote. Now that it is now longer working, the big question is: are there any alternatives? I think there are at least 2:

Option 1: Use the @myEn feature in Evernote

The @myEn feature is fully documented on the Evernote blog. But the gist of it is this:

  1. Follow @myEn on Twitter
  2. The @myEn account will follow you back
  3. The @myEn account will send you a direct message with a link.
  4. Click on the link to link your Twitter and Evernote accounts.

Once this has been set up, any time you include @myEn in a Tweet, that Tweet will be automatically captured in Evernote.

Option 2: Forward Tweets to Facebook and Use IFTTT to send Facebook updates to Evernote

You can configure Twitter to automatically send your Tweets to Facebook. Each time you Tweet, your tweet will be relayed to your Facebook account. Of course, this only works if you have a Facebook account. You can set up this integration in your Twitter settings, under your Profile settings:

Twitter-Facebook

Once this has been set up, you can use an IFTTT recipe to forward all of your Facebook status updates to Evernote. I have created an IFTTT recipe for those who want to use mine.

What is my preference?

I prefer the second method for 2 reasons:

  1. I almost never update my Facebook status directly. I always do it through tweets, which are then sent to Facebook.
  2. I don’t have to add any additional information to my Tweets. I don’t have to remember to add “@myEn”, for instance, and I don’t have to use up 5 characters of the Tweet message by adding @myEn.

Anyone else have suggestions? I’d be interested to hear them.


ETA: Turns out option #2 doesn’t work nearly as well as I hoped. This appears to be because Facebook distinguishes between status updates and Wall Posts. Twitter->Facebook integration appears to be a wall post, and not a status update. So I am still looking for better alternatives.

8 thoughts on “My IFTTT Twitter RSS-to-Evernote Recipe is Finally Failing: 2 Workarounds

  1. Hi Jamie,

    Have you tried twieve.net? It sends a nifty daily digest of my last 24 hrs tweets, and some basic stats, to my EN account. I would recommend it. There is a premium version, but the basic free version meets my needs.

    David

  2. Damn you, Twitter API! I was trying to create a new Twitter feed keyword monitor a couple days ago and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. Glad to see it wasn’t just me!

  3. I think twitter blocks ifttt servers, so one needs a proxy. I have a hosting machine, so I created a cached rss having the following line in my crontab

    51 0-23/2 * * * wget -q –no-check-certificate -o /dev/null –output-document=/home/chirchik/chirchovs.ru/www/sheershoff.favorites.rss https://api.twitter.com/1/favorites.rss?screen_name=sheershoff &> /dev/null

    This updates a cached version of rss on my server on 51st minute of every even hour. So I bother twitter only once per two hours. I updated my recipe to fetch the rss from http://chirchovs.ru/…f.favorites.rss

    It worked for several updates. Hope this helps.

  4. I’ve been using the Favorites RSS feed to capture select Tweets from not only my account but other family members (for scrapbooking purposes). So I don’t think even myEN will work for what I need. I guess I’m back to manually retrieving them for now.

  5. It is so frustrating that Twitter are making it so difficult for us. I used the RSS work around too, but unfortunately Twitter retired RSS feeds a few weeks back. I couldn’t find any more work around so I ended up developing a little app that you can run on your own website. It actually does so much more than Twitter triggers with IFTTT ever did. I’m going to be launching it (it is open source and free) tomorrow. It’s called Twools- http://twools.it/ – let me know what you think.

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