Do app – IFTTT
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Here at we're big fans of IFTTT. In short, it's a web app which allows you to automate other apps to make your life easier and save you a tonne of time.

For newsgathering, you can receive tweets posted around a certain location by email, for example, or create a spreadsheet of tweets featuring a particular hashtag.

IFTTT Recipe: A spreadsheet of new tweets with a specific #hashtag you pick connects twitter to google-drive

Today, IFTTT (it's pronounced 'ift') announced three new apps for iOS and Android.

1. The Do Camera allows you to automatically share images you take with your phone camera to platforms including Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter and Facebook.

For journalists, this is a handy feature for backing up photos and, if you're a confident snapper, sharing them publicly in an instant. 

Journalists reporting from the scene of an incident or event can also set the app to automatically send the photos you take to a colleague back in the office.

Just remember to disable to app when you no longer want to share photos to avoid any potentially embarrassing situations...

2. The Do Note is a handy productivity tool for creating calendar events and reminders or posting to Twitter or Facebook from a single app.

Keep it on your mobile homescreen for access to dozens of apps in just one quick tap – sometimes every second counts.

3. The Do Button is perhaps less useful for journalists – although this recipe to email yourself a random GIF is rather good.

And if you want more IFTTT recipes, here's something I made earlier.

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