Follow changes to any website

We all know how annoying it can be when you're looking for a case or some information that someone has told you is going to be "published soon", you've identified a potential source for the information but heck the site doesn't have an RSS feed or an email alerter.

What to do...visit the site every day in the hope the information is published and you'll notice it? give up? not any more...

Google has announced a development to Google Reader which means you can now follow changes to any website, that's right any website. So how does it work...lets use the European Court of Justice website as example.

Navigate to the page you'd like to check copy the URL and open Google Reader and paste the URL into the Add a Subscription field. If a feed doesn't exist for the site Google will check the page for updates and add them as feed entries.

Brillant stuff!

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    # by Tom Carnell - Friday, January 29, 2010

    Have you tried Femtoo (http://femtoo.com).

    Femtoo has been providing a far more advanced version of Google Reader for some time time now. Features include:

    - Monitor particular parts of a page
    - Parse data and check for particular conditions (share price hit a certain amount etc)
    - Premium accounts can create 'low latency' trackers for critical monitoring applications
    - Receive notifications via email, Instant Messenger and soon SMS (I think)
    - Add a 'widget' to any page to allow people to 'subscribe' to a 'tracker'
    - It uses the amazing cQuery (http://cquery.com) Server-side CSS Content Selection Engine
    - You can publish 'trackers' to the 'Tracker Library' and anybody can subscribe.