Published on May 14th, 2012 | by vlajca0
Top 5 Ways to Supercharge Your Favorite Webapps and Services
We all have webapps and services that we love, but that doesn’t make them perfect. If you want to do more with Gmail, remove annoying parts of Facebook, connect two webapps you love, automate tedious actions, and more, you can do all this with a few clever scripts, extensions, and services. Here are our 5 favorites.
1. Fix Your Biggest YouTube Annoyances
YouTube is a great place to find tons of video content, but it’s far from perfect. You may be annoyed by automatic video plays, the player choosing the wrong resolution, the ugliness of the comments, and the multitude of intrusive ads. The easiest way to fix these problems is with a Chrome extension called YouTube Options, but users of other browsers can implement a few userscripts to get the same clever fixes as well.
2. Improve Google Reader with Extensions and Userscripts
Google Reader is a great webapp on its own, but you can supercharge its capabilities and change its look with the help of some extensions and/or userscripts. You can overhaul the interface any way you want, get notifications on updated feeds, remove junk without removing any feeds, and easily subscribe to new feeds directly from your toolbar. That’s just a sample. For a comprehensive look at everything you can do to supercharge Google Reader.
3. Supercharge Almost Any Webapp With ifttt
If This Then That, or ifttt for short, is an incredible service that can create new functionality from your webapps and even connect them together. For example, you can automatically take articles starred in Google Reader and send them to your Instapaper account, download photos you were tagged in on Facebook to your Dropbox, or even automate your job search. These are just a few of many great examples. We’ve detailed many more here, and you can sign up for the service for free by visiting ifttt.com.
4. Power Up Your Dropbox or Google Drive with Wappwolf
Your Dropbox and Google Drive pretty much just sit there and sync stuff for you. That’s awesome on its own, but there is so much more you can do with a cool webapp called Wappwolf. It can watch any folder in your GDrive/Dropbox and perform an action when it finds what it’s looking for. It can convert books and send them to your Kindle, downsize images and upload them to your favorite image sharing sites, batch-convert audio files to various formats, and even sign PDF documents.
5. Keep Your Webapps In Sync With Your Desktop Using Social Folders
Social Folders is a handy web service that keeps your webapps in sync with your desktop. You can kind of think of it like Dropbox for Facebook, Flickr, Google Docs, SoundCloud, YouTube, Twitter, and more. You just drop want you want to upload to that web service into its respective folder and Social Folders takes care of the rest. If you add something to any of your synchronized webapps via the web (or anywhere else), Social Folders will download it to your computer(s). It’s not only a great way to upload files to various services, but it provides a backup on your computer as well. The service is free for 1,000 file transfers per month, and you can gain more free transfers by referring friends to the service. Alternatively, you can just get unlimited transfers by paying $2 per month or $10 per year.