Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Google Reader now lets you subscribe to websites without feeds

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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