Automation is the buzzword in the tech world these days. And why should it not be? Everyone strives for productivity and automation is the prime tool for getting optimum efficiency at any task — especially with web services. That’s why you must know and use Zapier — the easiest automation tool.
Zapier is one of the most popular tools to automate your work. It supports hundreds of web services and features conditional workflows as well. Did I tell it’s free too? Of course, it has a few limitations in its free edition (I miss its conditional workflows), but it’s worth the try. Sounds interesting?
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Zapier works by creating connections between web apps and services. It calls these connections as “Zaps”, which works on the principle of cause and effect. However, they’re known as triggers and actions respectively. So, a connection joins a trigger and an action together — known as a zap in Zapier.
For example, when a trigger happens, for instance, you post an image on Twitter, Zapier gets to know about the tweet. Then, it performs the connected action, let’s say, it may pick the image and save it to Google Drive. Amazing, right?
Before talking about the useful zaps, let’s see how to create and use them:
Note: Alternatively, you can click the links given below to check out those zaps directly, and then, you can continue below to configure them.
Let me introduce you to the zaps that allow automating apps and services from Google. Of course, one can use Google Apps Scripts to automate them better — with more customizability — but Zapier is quick and easy to use.
Of course, if you need more flexibility, please check our collections of useful Google Apps Scripts to use Gmail like a pro and automate Google Drive.
Now, let’s check the zaps for automating social media and networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Then, you can easily post images and statuses to multiple networks by just forwarding from one to the others.
Finally, let me list some recipes for a few more apps and tools — all the useful ones like Dropbox and WordPress.
I believe in automation in spite of the debates going on around its issues as it boosts productivity. It helps me every day in my work, and I hope it will help you too. Do you agree? Please share your thoughts by writing your comment below or tweeting me to @aksinghnet. Let’s connect. I’d like to hear from you.
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