Foursquare to write to a GMail calendar

Quandary

As a consultant I spend much of my working days flitting around the country on customer engagements extolling the virtues of all things virtualisation and Cloud. And drinking tea.

I use my corporate MS Outlook calendar to make a note of my whereabouts but in busy periods and times of excitement, I forget. The end of the month arrives and I look at my calendar to prompt for my mileage claims, some days are blank so then I open my my e-mail Sent items folder to give me a clue. I get there in the end, but it’s time consuming.

My solution? Social networking

Foursquare is one of the ‘many’ social media shouting channels that I choose to use and I can’t help resist but ‘check-in’ everywhere, then I had a moment of clarity. I realised there’s an audit log of my travels but just need to extract that information, but how?

Enter If This Then That. What is it? Simply put, a way to trigger a result based on an action. Click on the hyperlink and Learn More, it’ll explain the idea. It’s very simple to use, no coding experience just point and click.

So, what I’ve done is to use one of the pre-defined Recipes from the Catalog for FourSquare to write an Entry to an GMail Calendar. Everytime I check in now an entry is automatically registered into a dedicated Calendar I’ve created in my GMail account.

Brilliant.

 

2 Responses to “Use Foursquare to help with your travel expenses”

  1. Very nice use of IFTTT, clever idea! I have this issue tracking expenses as well as timesheets.

  2. I like this idea and have been using it for a few months now. There is one thing you have to be careful of though. Very occasionally I add a description to my foursquare checkins. In the past these have just been added to the calendar entry as part of the subject. What I discovered this weekend was that part of my description for a particular checkin (“6 months later, we’re finally going out for our birthdays!”) was interpreted as a duration for the event by either IFTTT or google and I ended up with an event in my calendar that ran into 2014!

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