If you have chanced upon our previous blog post about Zapier, the tool that you can use to connect different web apps to each other, then you are now probably wondering how to use it. Creating a Zap in Zapier is just like what it’s called, it’s just a “zap”.
First, you would need to create an account. Creating an account with Zapier is free, so you may try it as long as you want.
After creating your account, you can start building Zaps. They have over 750 apps available, so almost every popular app in the web can be connected to each other.
An example of a Zap would be posting a tweet on Twitter when you post in your Facebook page. This is one of their popular Zaps.
As mentioned in the previous blog post, a Zap in its most basic form consists of a Trigger and an Action. In this case, the Trigger would be a new page stream post.
Zapier will then ask you to connect the Facebook account you are using to manage a Facebook page by entering your credentials and authenticating Zapier.
Once connected, Zapier will look for pages that you manage. Choose the one that you want to connect to Twitter.
Next, it will look for the posts in your page. If it is successful, it will display a message that says “Test Successful”.
The next part of the Zap is the Action. The Action will be executed after the trigger. This is where the Twitter part will come in.
Just like in the Trigger part, you would need to connect the Twitter account where the Facebook post will automatically be tweeted.
From here on, if you don’t want to customize how the tweet would look like, you would just need to click on Continue. Make sure to test this step to know if the connection is successful.
After a successful test, you are now ready to switch on your Zap. It will now automatically tweet new posts on your Facebook page.
There aren’t much limit on creating Zaps. If an app is not available, you may still connect it by creating a new app in the Developers feature, though this requires a bit of technical knowledge.
And that’s how you create a Zap. Thank technology and brilliant minds for blessing us with this awesome tool. Now, with tools like this, everything is even made easier in the W3.