A great search experience isn’t just about finding relevant information based on your search query — it’s also about discovery. Millions of people come to IFTTT to explore new topics of interest, find new ways to use the products they love, and uncover new things about their products they didn’t even know about. Over the past few months, we’ve made three improvements to IFTTT search in the iOS and Android apps to help you find and discover relevant Applets and topics of interest in a faster, more intuitive interface.
A search button that gets you closer to the action
Whether you’re looking for a particular Applet or want to do more with your iPhone or Android devices, you want to find what you need without disrupting your flow. To speed things up, we added a search button to the top right corner of the app. Want to connect your Philips Hue lights to Alexa? Simply tap on the search button to start exploring.
Improving search and discovery
While scrolling through search results can be a great method of discovery, it can be a pain when you can’t find what you’re looking for. Now, your search query will return relevant search results in two different tabs. That way, you can choose whether you want to see Applets or services and quickly get what you need.
Looking for a particular Applet that relates to a specific service, like Google Assistant? Or maybe you want to find an Applet with a particular functionality, like “call phone?” Just type “Google Assistant” or “call phone” in the search field and the Applets tab will show you the most relevant search results. Want to find all Applets that relate to a specific service? Simply search for the name of the service and the results will appear in the services tab.
Better and faster
Beyond the new search interface on mobile, our improved search returns more relevant results. It also makes it easier to find relevant Applets and services faster — three times faster.
We’ve found that these three search improvements make it easier for users to find what they need. Users are 45% more likely to enable Applets from the new search results. We hope you like it too!
By Yana Welinder, Senior Product Manager at IFTTT