Creating Feeds from Feedless Web Pages

How it works 15 Mar 2006

  1. Create an account with an online service that monitors changes to web pages.
  2. Provide the service with an email address (we’re using Bloglines disposable email addresses for the demo).
  3. Provide the URL to the page you want to monitor.

Now, when the monitored page’s text changes, the service sends an email to the Bloglines email address. You can track changes to web pages from the same place that you check your RSS feeds.

Pre-requisites 14 Mar 2006

  • A Bloglines account (free). Make sure that in Account>Blog Settings, you’ve entered a value for “User Name.”

For today’s demo, the login is brownstudy at gmail.com and the pwd is stccdemo.

Adding an RSS Feed using FeedWhip 14 Mar 2006

  1. In Bloglines, Go to “Extras” (lower left corner) and click “Create Email Subscriptions”.
  2. Name the Subscription with the name of the site you want to track. Copy the email address (it will be yourusername.lotsofnumbers@bloglines.com).
    • Or, if you already have addresses set up, just copy one of them.
  3. Go to FeedWhip
  4. Fill out the blanks.
  5. Away you go.

You don’t have to create an account here, but if you do this a lot, it may help you manage your subscriptions.

Adding an RSS Feed using WatchThatPage & Bloglines 14 Mar 2006

  1. In Bloglines, Go to “Extras” (lower left corner) and click “Create Email Subscriptions”.
  2. Name the Subscription with the name of the site you want to track. Copy the email address (it will be yourusername.lotsofnumbers@bloglines.com).
  3. Go to WatchThatPage and set up a new account using that email address. Edit the update frequency and other settings.
  4. Add the WatchThatPage bookmarklet to your links bar
  5. Go to the page you want to track and click the WatchThatPage bookmarklet.
  6. Check your Bloglines everyday

Page-monitoring sites 14 Mar 2006

All services are free unless otherwise noted, though some request donations.

Some sites will only tell you that a page at the specified URL has changed. Others, like WatchThatPage, can include in the email all new text added to the page.

Some sites offer bookmarklets you can put into your browser’s Links toolbar. This can let you quickly add a URL to your growing collection.

Page-monitoring software (Windows) 14 Mar 2006

More powerful than the web-only services. They can track whole pages, partial pages, and some highlight the section of the page that’s changed. You can customize how often the program checks for updates.

  • InfoIC $$ Requires Internet Explorer. Scan up to 10 sites with the free version.

Other links 14 Mar 2006

Demo: Links to plug into the feeds 14 Mar 2006

joann t. hackos books on amazon
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author-exact=JoAnn%20T.%20%20Hackos&rank=-relevance%2C%2Bavailability%2C-daterank/002-1629786-7384858

refdesk
http://www.refdesk.com

nc biotech center jobs page
http://www.ncbiotech.org/ncindustry/careers/jobs/jobs.cfm