How to monitor sites without RSS feeds
May 28th, 2005
RSS feeds have made our lives a lot easier by making the information come to us. Unfortunately, some sites still do not provide RSS feeds and enforce you to keep visiting them manually.
In the days before RSS people used web monitoring tools which allowed you to monitor your favourite sites and notify you of any changes that occurred on them. Some of the more advanced tools would check for changes in specific parts of the page only which was very handy for getting notified of new releases for applications that didn’t provide a mailing list. You get the point.
So, after a couple of years of not using any web monitor tools due to RSS, I felt a need for one again. I tried a few free ones and the one that cought my eye was Sitespector. It’s interface is very clean and user friendly and the app does its job very well. It displays only the changes between web page “issues” which is extremely handy and has good alerting capabilities too. The app is still very new, so there’s space for enhancements, but overall I really like it and have already added quite a few “channels”. Very useful tool, my thumbs up…