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Subject: Website monitoring/notification service?
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: hypertokyo2-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 05 Sep 2006 21:46 PDT
Expires: 05 Oct 2006 21:46 PDT
Question ID: 762592
I am looking for a web-based service which monitors a specified
website for new pages/links added, and automatically sends you the
*new content* which it finds, by email or RSS.

To be more specific, I am trying to monitor a number of forum sites
(vbulletin or phpbb-based) for new posts, and would like *contents* of
those posts -not just the post titles- sent to me. The sites do not
have a built-in feed service.

I've already looked at 3-4 similar services, but none of them had all
the above features - some were PC-based offline browsers, and others,
while web-based, only sent you changes made to pre-specified pages.

The service must be free or inexpensive. If no online services are
available, please suggest a PC-based solution.
Subject: Re: Website monitoring/notification service?
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 06 Sep 2006 03:55 PDT

I believe this free online service does exactly what you want:

Give it a try.  If, for any reason, it falls short of what you need,
let me know by posting a Request for Clarification, and I'll see if I
can find other options for you.



search strategy -- Used bookmarked sites for web alerts.

Request for Answer Clarification by hypertokyo2-ga on 06 Sep 2006 04:28 PDT
Hello pafalafa-ga,
Thanks for the quick response, but sorry, it was not what I wanted.
Please let me clarify. The site you found (WatchThatPage) emails you
new content that has been added to a page which you specify
beforehand. For example, it sends you new links that are added to a
forum's index page. WTP's email notification has the following format:

Changes found to Forum Index (index page link) since XXX
New topic title 1 (topic page link 1)
New topic title 2 (topic page link 2)
New topic title 3 (topic page link 3)
et al.

However, it does not email you the content of the new linked topics,
as I wished.  To read the content of the new pages added to the
website, I would have to actually visit it.

Instead I am looking for a service that would crawl the new linked
pages, process them, and send out summaries like this:

New pages added to Forum Website, 
as linked on Forum Index (link )

New topic title 1 (link 1)
(New topic page content summary..................)

New topic title 2 (link 2)
(New topic page content summary..................)

et al.
Ideally, I would like to choose what snippets of the new pages are
reproduced in the Added Pages email summary.

Any ideas?

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 06 Sep 2006 04:54 PDT

I'm a bit confused.  It seems to me that WTP does, in fact, send you
emails of the actual content.  Take a look at the examples they
provide, here:

What am I missing?


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 06 Sep 2006 05:13 PDT
Oh, wait a minute...I get it.  

You not only want new content on the page itself, but the content of
any pages that are linked in the new content.

Whew...that's a handful.

Let me know if I understand correctly what you're after, and I'll take a look.


Request for Answer Clarification by hypertokyo2-ga on 06 Sep 2006 09:07 PDT
That's correct. 
I know vaguely of offline browser software such as Copernic or
DeltaScan(?) which crawls sites you specify and produces alerts or
update notifications. I guess a web-based service should be out there

Request for Answer Clarification by hypertokyo2-ga on 06 Sep 2006 09:30 PDT
Just another example, let's say a company has an IR page on which
links to new SEC filings are added from time to time. The full text of
the filings are not on the IR page, but are posted in a standard
format on a linked page.

The service I am looking for would email me summaries of the new
reports as they are added, not just alert me to the fact that there
are new filings. I can imagine it would be something similar to
feedpony(?) or feedwhipper.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 06 Sep 2006 12:45 PDT
This one takes a step closer, at least, in that it can provide
summaries of content changes:

but it still doesn't actually run down the links and summarize them!

Take a look at it though, and let me know if it's useful.  Meantime,
I'm still searching....

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