Bit of a cryptic title I know, but let me explain.
There have been a number of occasions on Twitter when a tweet
has wandered in to my timeline along the lines of:
"What's the keyboard
shortcut in GMail to send a message to Archive?
Ok so that question may be a bit too simple but it is generally
"How can I get [Web App] to do [some specific task]" If I don't
know the answer then a quick search normally brings up the
But I'm not immediately switching to Google for my searching, oh
no boys and girls... I'm searching here first:
Now just to get one small and tiny detail out of the way, I am a
Moderator on this site, so it's natural that I am going to say how
brilliant it is! But here is the thing, it really
That Trello thing everyone
is talking about? Well a question was asked about Trello on Web
Applications waaay back in September 2011. And there are plenty
more really awesome questions lurking about.
I would bet that if you have a query about anything Trello
related, it has probably already been asked. If by some
miracle it hasn't, then you should ask it. The Trello Developers
actively use Web Applications and answer any queries you may have.
Pretty cool huh?
Moving on to Google. I don't know a single person who doesn't
use Google in one form or other. Web Applications is an
Aladdin's cave full of nifty little Google
tricks and tips.
your search results? Want to get rid of it? Well, here is the
Have you ever wondered what the query string parameter
`shva` means when logging in to GMail? Well, wonder no
Are you trying to work out how to automatically post your
Google+ posts to your Facebook? Well, conserve your brain power and
check out this
Another nice Web Application that is getting a lot of attention
at the moment is, If This Then That.
This super simple Web App is all about Triggers, Actions &
Channels. If this happens then do
that. This could be you posting
on Google+, the that could be your post
automagically making it's way to your Facebook.
This is a simple example but there are lots of Channels
available (The Google+ and Facebook in this example) such as Email,
SMS, Calendar and many more. Want to get an email if the weather
forecast for tomorrow is raining? IFTTT can do that.
In short, Web Applications is an awesome place to ask
questions about erm... Web Applications!
But wait, there are some things that you should know. Web
Applications is not the place to ask for
alternatives or Web App requests. Questions like this:
Is there a Web App that will
do [x] for me?
This is a bad question!
So what can you do? Well, you do some research yourself! Yes,
the community is here to help you but they're not here to just
spoon feed you. The same principle applies across the Stack
Exchange network, we aren't just being nasty :)
A better question would be:
I am looking for a Web App
that will do [x] for me.
I have done some research
and the following Web Apps are almost suitable:
- Web App A
- Web App B
- Web App C
But here are the sticking
- Web App A doesn't do E
- Web App B doesn't F
- Web App C doesn't do E & G
Can anyone recommend a
solution to these problems? I would really like to use Web App A
but the fact that it doesn't do E is really putting me
Yes, you have had to put some effort in but this is a much
better question and will more than likely get some awesome
If you aren't sure you can always test the water in Chat or
even post a question on the Web Apps Meta
By browsing through the questions on Web Applications you will
find so many useful apps & services out there that you probably
didn't know existed! You might even know how to answer a few
So next time you have a question about a Web Application,
instead of immediately searching through no end of useless websites
via Google, give Web Applications a try and see if we can help
P.S The answer is typing `e` when in the message ;-)