The “Automation” Guide for Web

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Let the web do your work for you. A variety of web automation tools are dedicated to saving time. From email to social media or even your own website, you could be wasting valuable time doing things that free services could do for you, automatically. Finding these services and getting them to work for you takes a bit of knowledge, time and creativity, but that effort almost always pay off.

Interested? Then it’s time to read “Web Automation, Part 1″ by author Rahul Saigal. This guide outlines uncounted tips for automating your online life, all in the name of saving you time. To quote the guide’s introduction:

“Some say necessity is the mother of invention. Nonsense. I think laziness is the mother of invention. Our ancestors invented things too, didn’t they? Mankind develops new technologies quickly, all to make our lives simpler and more comfortable. Simple is just another word for easy, however, so you could argue we made such great progress because we didn’t want to do quite so much work.”

Laziness is good. It’s time to let the web do the work. Read this web automation guide today.

Table Of Contents

§?–?Introduction

§1?–?Control Your Email

§2?–?Control Your Relationship With Social Media

Introduction

Some say necessity is the mother of invention. Nonsense. I think laziness is the mother of invention. Our ancestors invented things too, didn’t they? Mankind develops new technologies quickly, all to make our lives simpler and more comfortable. Simple is just another word for easy, however, so you could argue we made such great progress because we didn’t want to do quite so much work.

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Amazing thought, isn’t it? The world absolutely condemns lazy behavior, but deep down we are all engaged with it. We have dishwashers so we don’t need to manually wash dishes, and robot vaccums so we don’t need to push a vaccum.

So why not let tasks you have to do on web be done by the web itself? Welcome you to the world of web automation, where we have started to control the web in our own way.

Imagine these situations:

  1. You have multiple social accounts and it is becoming difficult to share data between accounts, not to mention contacts. They are scattered everywhere (email, social media, phone).
  2. You are spending lots of time organizing and filtering thousands of messages in email.
  3. You are spending lots of time doing backups and saving them to a cloud storage service.

It may be daunting to some of you to perform these tasks, and some may not realize there is any other option available. However, it is possible to automate these tasks and it’s up to your judgment to decide whether automation is a good or bad thing for you. Later on, as you become adjusted to web automation, you may realize that it is saving you time and increasing your productivity.

This manual is created for readers like you, who spend much of their quality time digitally and would like to manage daily tasks effectively. I, the author, do not have any affiliation or financial commitment to any of the tools or services discussed in this manual.

Thoughout the manual I will teach you how I use automation tools in order to improve my life. Don’t feel like you need to follow them to-the-letter; instead, think of them as ideas you can use as you search for your own web automation solution.

With that in mind let’s get started!

1. Control Your Email

1.1 Email overload: Why is it a major problem for users?

Email brought a revolution in the field of communication and for the past few decades it has developed from a simple asynchronous communication medium to an omnipresent application covering a range of information management functions (to-do list, calendar, contacts management). The purpose of email is to exchange digital messages from an author to one or more recipients globally without any restrictions. Today we are not using email only for what it was meant for, causing information overload.

If you spend some time analyzing the nature of the emails in your inbox it may fall into the following categories:

  1. You are co-coordinating your schedule via email with your friends for organizing events such as birthday parties.
  2. You co-ordinate your work back and forth as email with attachments. For instance, you may be an author discussing article changes with an editor.
  3. You are keeping your to-do list in your email inbox.
  4. You are keeping piles of notes, bookmarks and important documents unsorted in your email.
  5. You are storing usernames and passwords for website logins are kept in emails.
  6. Your email contacts are your main address book of your contacts.

If your email happens to fall in the majority of these categories then you are a victim of email overload. Email overload is often measured in terms of the number of messages which the user needs to process and which demand their attention. But, is it really a problem? Yes, because we are managing our professional and personal lives through one platform that provides the strong functionality a user needs, but at the cost of simplicity.
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