Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Google Reader now lets you subscribe to websites without feeds

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An update to Google Reader now allows users to subscribe to any websites, even sites that doesn’t publish feeds. Have you come across such a site without a feed? I have, and if you want to follow such a site you can do it with Google Reader.

Simply add the URL of the site to the add subscription box, and if the page doesn’t have a feed Google Reader will allow you to create one. Just click on the “Create a feed” button and that’s it. Reader will periodically visit the page and publish any significant changes it finds as items in a custom feed created just for that page.

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Previously, the only way to subscribe to a feed-less website is to create one using a feed creation service. But these were difficult to use and follow.

I just added a couple of feed-less sites to Reader and I’m waiting to see how the updates are brought to me.

1 comment:

  1. Have you tried Femtoo (http://femtoo.com)? Femtoo is an advanced version of this and but ALSO has these key features:

    - 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.

    tom

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