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Mike wearing Glass

Yesterday, Google Glass supported 12 apps. Today, it supports 237

This isn't hyperbole! Zapier enables anyone (Glass Explorers now included) to connect web services they use. With Zapier's Google Glass app, you can connect Glass to any of the other 200-plus services Zapier supports.

This integration is the outcome of an invitation to the Glass Explorer program I received just two months ago. As my co-founders Bryan and Wade can attest, I wear it non-stop when I go out.

Like many other explorers, this has given me a unique perspective on how Glass works, what it is useful for right now, and what it could be useful for in the future.

First-party apps are somewhat limiting

Before today, there were a dozen first-party apps supported by Glass. Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Path, New York Times, and a few others. Frustratingly, many of the first-party apps don't take full advantage of Glass.

For example, the Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ apps allow you to post updates and photos to these services but there is no way to consume their content on the device. And with Gmail, you can only consume email or send from a single Gmail account.

Today, many of these limitations fall away as we introduce our new Google Glass integration for Zapier. Below I picked out a few use cases to give you an idea about what is now possible.

Select Glass integrations now possible

I also created a video where I demo the new Google Glass integration on Zapier. In the video I set up a Glass to Dropbox Zap and show it working.

Get started!

If you're a Glass Explorer and would like to try this out, simply create an account, then create a new Zap and choose Google Glass as your trigger or action.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what integrations people come up with for Glass. I'm constantly blown away by the creative use cases I see people using Zapier for. Given the revolutionary nature of Glass, I don't think I'll be disappointed.

Got an awesome use case? Tell me about it! Share your Zaps in the comments!

About the Author

Mike Knoop is a Co-founder at Zapier. He helps run product and love the color orange.

Recently, I took a breather my from usual frontend antics to add a new API to Zapier (this is apparently what I do for fun these days). Despite my sluggish internet connection and unscripted first-take, it only took 30 minutes to add Lockitron to Zapier. One episode of Arrested Development later -- Lockitron can now integrate with over 180 web services.

I'll chock this impressive feat up to the simplicity and obviousness of Lockitron's API and our developer platform.

About the Author

Mike Knoop is a Co-founder at Zapier. He helps run product and love the color orange.

We've now reviewed both Salesforce and Desk.com zaps and for the final day of Dreamforce were going to take a look at some of the best Chatter zaps being used.

Chatter if you aren't familiar is an enterprise social network that allows businesses to collaborate in real time from anywhere.

Here are some of Zapier users favorite Chatter zaps. But these aren't the only Zaps you can make. Check out other Chatter integrations here or create your own custom Chatter zaps here.

Tracking WordPress or RSS Feeds in Chatter

WordPress Chatter

Most professionals have a plethora of media outlets, blogs, and resources they follow to keep up on current events and trends. Sharing this information can sometimes be a bit tedious.

The WordPress Chatter zap lets users easily plug in an RSS feed and send new items in the feed into Chatter automatically where you and your co-workers can socialize around the article.

Message Chatter for New Box Files

Box Chatter

For a lot of companies, documents and files are how work gets done so knowing when new files are created and shared is a big deal.

The Box Chatter zap will post new updates to Chatter automatically for any new Box files. Chatterers can then easily collaborate around the new file.

Update Chatter from Evernote

Evernote Chatter

When you're out in the field taking notes on Evernote it would be handy to update your co-workers on details of a meeting with an opportunity.

The Evernote Chatter zaps make it a breeze to post an update in Chatter for specific new Evernote notes.

Automating the Salesforce ecosystem

So that's a wrap on our coverage of Salesforce apps for Dreamforce. Be sure to review some of the great zaps for Salesforce and Desk.com.

Keep an eye out for new Salesforce products on Zapier in the future. There's plenty more in the pipeline.

About the Author

Wade Foster is a Co-founder and CEO at Zapier. He likes to write about process, productivity, startups and how to do awesome work.

Continuing our theme for Dreamforce this week of featuring integrations from Salesforce companies, today we'll feature Desk.com which is one of the better help desk, ticketing and knowledge base tools out on the market.

Extending Desk.com to work with other applications isn't easy. And that's where Zapier comes in.

Here are some of Zapier users favorite Desk.com zaps. But these aren't the only Zaps you can make. Check out other Desk.com integrations here or create your own custom Desk.com zaps from here.

Adding Desk.com Customers to MailChimp

Desk MailChimp

Following up with customers on new feature requests, support issues and more can be challenging. The Desk to MailChimp zap lets you easily push new Desk.com customers to a specific list in MailChimp were you can specifically follow up with customers on support related issues.

Perfect for segmenting and emailing customers that really care about your product.

HipChat Alert for Desk.com Cases

HipChat Desk

Refreshing Desk.com all day isn't the most efficient way to find out about new Desk cases. The Desk.com HipChat zap lets you send new Desk cases to HipChat so you know instantly when to help a customer out. Additionally, all your team members can easily track what support issues are coming in, quickly chat about the issue, and decided who is best qualified to answer the case.

Create Desk.com Customer from Wufoo

Wufoo Desk

One of the most efficient ways to get feedback from customers is through forms and no one makes forms easier than Wufoo. The Wufoo Desk.com zap makes it really easy to take that form data and do something interesting with it like creating new cases. With Wufoo and Desk you have an easy to setup bug tracking service without all the complications of setting one up.

Add Desk Customer to Highrise

Desk Highrise

Knowing what issues customers are having is a big deal for sales and marketing teams. The last thing a sales guy wants on a call is to not know about the issue their client is having because they don't have access to support data.

The Desk Highrise zap solves this by letting users push new Desk customers and cases to Highrise so sales and marketing can easily track whats happening with support for their contacts.

Desking It Up

These are just a few of the zaps users are using to take Desk to the next level. Make sure to check out all the other Desk.com zaps users are using to get the most out of Desk. You can also come up with your own zaps from scratch too!

About the Author

Wade Foster is a Co-founder and CEO at Zapier. He likes to write about process, productivity, startups and how to do awesome work.

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