Software/Service To Notify Me Of Changes To Various Websites

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Martin, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Hello,

    I don't know if such software or service exists, but I'm looking for
    software (preferably, but not necessarily free) or a service that will
    notify me if the content of a site has changed.

    The software/service doesn't need to report what changes occurred, but
    rather only *if* changes occurred.

    If the software/service could report what changes did indeed take place,
    that would be ideal; however, at this point, all that I'm seeking if
    something that will notify me *if* changes occurred to a site's content.

    If it's relevant, I have multiple sites with completely different
    non-related URLs to monitor.

    As always, thanks in advance to anyone who can assist me!

    Regards,

    Martin
    Martin, Aug 14, 2007
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  2. Martin

    Whiskers Guest

    On 2007-08-14, Martin <> wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I don't know if such software or service exists, but I'm looking for
    > software (preferably, but not necessarily free) or a service that will
    > notify me if the content of a site has changed.
    >
    > The software/service doesn't need to report what changes occurred, but
    > rather only *if* changes occurred.
    >
    > If the software/service could report what changes did indeed take place,
    > that would be ideal; however, at this point, all that I'm seeking if
    > something that will notify me *if* changes occurred to a site's content.
    >
    > If it's relevant, I have multiple sites with completely different
    > non-related URLs to monitor.
    >
    > As always, thanks in advance to anyone who can assist me!
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Martin


    Sounds like exactly the sort of thing RSS is meant for. If you don't know
    what RSS is, this is as good an introduction as any
    <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/help/3223484.stm>.

    --
    -- ^^^^^^^^^^
    -- Whiskers
    -- ~~~~~~~~~~
    Whiskers, Aug 14, 2007
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  3. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Hello,

    Thanks for the link. I clicked it and read the site's content. It seems
    that, to use the BBC newsreader, sites require a button indicating that they
    provide RSS.

    The sites that I need to monitor have no such button or anything comparable.

    Can you suggest how to monitor sites that have no buttons to activate that
    would result in monitoring?

    Best regards,

    Martin

    "Whiskers" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    : On 2007-08-14, Martin <> wrote:
    : > Hello,
    : >
    : > I don't know if such software or service exists, but I'm looking for
    : > software (preferably, but not necessarily free) or a service that will
    : > notify me if the content of a site has changed.
    : >
    : > The software/service doesn't need to report what changes occurred, but
    : > rather only *if* changes occurred.
    : >
    : > If the software/service could report what changes did indeed take place,
    : > that would be ideal; however, at this point, all that I'm seeking if
    : > something that will notify me *if* changes occurred to a site's content.
    : >
    : > If it's relevant, I have multiple sites with completely different
    : > non-related URLs to monitor.
    : >
    : > As always, thanks in advance to anyone who can assist me!
    : >
    : > Regards,
    : >
    : > Martin
    :
    : Sounds like exactly the sort of thing RSS is meant for. If you don't know
    : what RSS is, this is as good an introduction as any
    : <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/help/3223484.stm>.
    :
    : --
    : -- ^^^^^^^^^^
    : -- Whiskers
    : -- ~~~~~~~~~~
    Martin, Aug 15, 2007
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  4. On Tue, 14 Aug 2007 22:10:15 GMT, "Martin" <>
    wrote:

    >Hello,
    >
    >I don't know if such software or service exists, but I'm looking for
    >software (preferably, but not necessarily free) or a service that will
    >notify me if the content of a site has changed...


    Dragon Naturally Speaking uses a product called "InstallShield."
    http://www.macrovision.com/products/installation/installshield.htm

    It sends me a message whenever updates are ready.

    This is as close as I can get to what you're seeking. I'm sure someone
    will have some recommendations for you.

    I just remembered, Forte Agent can be instructed to check for updates at
    prescribed intervals. Of course, Windows has automatic updates.


    ________________________
    Whatever it takes.
    Michael A. Ball, Aug 15, 2007
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  5. Martin

    Whiskers Guest

    On 2007-08-14, Martin <> wrote:
    > "Whiskers" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > : On 2007-08-14, Martin <> wrote:


    [...]

    > Hello,
    >
    > Thanks for the link. I clicked it and read the site's content. It seems
    > that, to use the BBC newsreader, sites require a button indicating that they
    > provide RSS.


    It isn't a specifically BBC thing; I just suggested that page as a good one
    for learning the basics. The BBC do not provide a 'newsreader program'
    (the usual term is 'aggregator') but they do suggest a few aggregators
    worth considering. There are a bewildering number to choose from, in fact
    - see <http://uk.ask.com/web?q=aggregators&jss=0> for example.

    > The sites that I need to monitor have no such button or anything comparable.
    >
    > Can you suggest how to monitor sites that have no buttons to activate that
    > would result in monitoring?
    >
    > Best regards,
    >
    > Martin


    I believe some aggregators have the ability to extract 'headlines' from web
    sites that do not offer proper RSS feeds - I suggest you investigate
    further in that direction. Of course, persuading the sites you are
    interested in to provide a proper RSS service is probably the best
    long-term solution.

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    -- ^^^^^^^^^^
    -- Whiskers
    -- ~~~~~~~~~~
    Whiskers, Aug 15, 2007
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