Zapier is a service for connecting web services and other applications with an API together. It offers support for Gmail, Twitter, RSS, and a few hundred others.
Adafruit.io is a service for connecting your maker projects, sensors and actuators to the Internet.
Adafruit.io can receive, send and store messages. But if you want to have a sensor do a thing with your twitter/email/calendar/facebook/etc., you probably want a service like Zapier or IFTTT that bridges those services together.
The way this works is that you tell Zapier an API key or other credential for the services you want to connect (one for your Twitter account, one for your GMail, one for your Facebook….), while under the hood it knows how to extract or send values to each, and can be triggered on various conditions. This is a called a zap.
We’ve added basic support for Adafruit IO to Zapier, so you can use it as a bridge between your hardware and a wide range of services. In this guide, we’ll discuss using Zapier to:
Extract data from a service (Twitter) and log it on Adafruit IO.
Extract data from an Adafruit IO feed and send it to a service.
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