Working hard can give us the results we want. But what if we can spend lesser time on work, and yet achieve the same or even more results? Sounds too good to be true? Not really. If you are spending lots of time working on the Internet, or excessive time updating your personal social media accounts, I am going to introduce you 3 web browser tools that you can use to automate your usual web processes. No matter what your objectives or tasks are, I am pretty sure you can find a way to automate that task using one of these web applications. For those totally new to this, here’s a short list of what you can automate.
- Save new Facebook photos you are tagged into Dropbox.
- Automatically share your new Instagram photos to Flickr, Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, etc.
- Automatically share new blog posts to Twitter.
- Have your emails attachment automatically saved into Dropbox.
- Save links that you fav or like in Twitter onto Pocket.
IFTTT is short for IF This Then That. IFTTT is a web-based tool for creating conditional statements, called Recipes, that trigger because of changes on other 3rd party web-services (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Gmail, and so on). For example, you can create a recipe to automatically post photos to Tumblr every time you have new photos taken on Instagram. To make the trigger even better or more specific, hashtags or keywords can be used. There are hundreds of channels (e.g Dropbox, Foursquare, Facebook, etc) that you can choose and create your recipe for. What you can possibly create is really up to your creativity, or you can use recommendations by other IFTTT users as a reference. This awesome web-app is free to use, so don’t leave this out of your social media bag of tools.
Botize is a another web-browser tool for creating automated and conditional processes. Free and paid plans available, although I find the free plan very limited since it’s cap at 3 tasks only. One of interesting and unique function are Containers that can be used to store content from different sources (e.g YouTube, RSS and blogs). The containers work both ways – you can create processes to put items from the container, or take items out from the container (randomly or sequentially) and post it to networks (e.g. Twitter).
The developer is probably someone from Spain since I notice that a number of user created tasks are labelled in Spanish. Most of the Pages and interfaces are in English, so no worries. In any case, I encourage you to explore and try out Botize. Who knows you may find an unique or particular channel that you want.
Zapier is designed for business owners in mind, but it is also perfectly fine for personal uses. The plans start from free, and all the way up to $250/month. When you first create a free account with Zapier, it gives you a 14 day trial for premium access, so you can explore all the possibilities you can do with the conditional tool. In Zapier, conditional statements that we create are call Zaps. If you cannot find a particular channel in IFTTT, you may be able to find it on Zapier. Business owners or webmasters will be pleased to know that Zaps can be created for auto-responders such as MailChimp, Getresponse & Aweber. Other interesting channels include: Salesforce, Zoho, Zendesk, PayPal, WooCommerce and so many more.
What’s your favorite web-app for automating Web processes? Is there any process or task that you wanted to automate, but not able to do so? Share with us your thoughts, and what you love about them.
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