Yes, there are times when you may want to track an RSS feed of the website which gets updated in real time so that you can get to know as soon as possible when that website adds new article or new page to their website, in such cases you will need to track the RSS feed which changes almost as new content is added to the website.
One of our reader have this requirement when he wants to track a website which post real time news, in such case if some one wants to track a website very closely that could be almost like real time there are many ways to do the same, follow some of the solutions and methods to know more.
Desktop RSS Alert Programs
The most simplest and easiest way to track the website or blog for new updates could be done through RSS Desktop alert programs which pops an alert every time as the website you are tracking changes in terms of content or page or some other way. The first app would be Feed Notifier [Free] which is a Windows application that resides in the system tray and displays pop-up notifications on your desktop when new items arrive in your subscribed RSS or Atom feeds. By default, the pop-ups look like as shown in the image below.
It serves as news aggregator, it supports all common RSS and Atom web feed protocols. It with option to
- Configure polling interval for each feed.
- Configure popup duration.
- Configure popup size, position and transparency.
- Configure popup border size and color.
It does has the advanced feed keyword filtering so that you can watch a feed for specific updates and all this can be done on any windows pc for free using this program. Another similar app is called Snackr with which you can easily display new feed items on your desktop – it pulls random items from your feeds and scrolls them across your desktop. When you see a title that looks interesting, you can click on it to pop up the item in a window as shown in the image below. It works for windows, Linux or mac all three platforms, as this requires adobe air to run.
Another Similar Tool – RSS Desktop Alert – It is a simple RSS Desktop Alert Utility that pops up an alert message from taskbar whenever any new update to the feeds of the website or blog to which it is configured to watch for.
Please Note: This is a Java based utility. It support JRE 1.3 and above.
Browser Based Feed Alerts
Another interesting way to get alerts for new content on any website or blog content addition is through the browser extension in the respective browsers you use, for google chrome there is free extension which is called RSS Alert which instantly notify in case a website feed changes.
For firefox there is another extension called RSS Ticker which loads your Live Bookmarks and scrolls their entries across your screen while you surf. It’s perfect for staying informed without having to actively browse entries in an RSS reader.
Monitor A Website or Blog Through Different Other Web Services
There are many free web services which allow you to monitor webpages, entire website or blogs and you receive a free email alert whenever content changes on these website or a new page is added. Some of them to name are Change Detect, Watch That Page another web based tool is Change Alarm or if we talk about mac os one free desktop based free tool for mac os which does this is called Changes Meter and its free.