Change Notification Tools

By bavidarbavidar (1256745737|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

Tools I liked

This blog will talk about what I liked about certain tools and how I found them useful.

  • Yahoo Pipes
  • Google Alerts
  • Dapper


Why I like it? is a really helpful site as it allows you to monitor sites that do not have RSS feeds or e-mail alerts. What allows you to do is subscribe to a certain page and then you are emailed when a change to that page occurs. Therefore, static informational pages that are not updated as often as most websites, can be monitored in a organized way.

Could It Be So Simple

After reading over this blog a few times i realized, I did not give enough credit to This tool allows you to basically something out of nothing. No other tool has this power. As i got an email saying Winter 2010 classes were out I immediately went to Mschedule to see if the site was updated for this years course guide. Day after day I checked, waiting, because without I can't create my schedule. Realizing that this was pointless and i had this new tool at my disposal, I decided to try out. It was awesome, basically I set it up so that if someone changed that page i would get an email. No one has changed it yet!! Ahh

Yahoo Pipes


Why I like it?

Pipes is by far my favorite program but that might just be because I am also an engineer. Pipes allows to basically program and filter your own RSS feed. Instead of having multiple and separate RSS feeds with irrelevant information, I can combine them and filter out the information that is irrelevant.


Pipes is extremely addicting. After learning about it in class, I could not stop playing around with it. It really is the ultimate customization tool in RSS feeds. I highly recommend this tool for those looking for a way to create the ultimate RSS feed; however, if you are not technologically savvy or are not familiar with programming, this can be a difficult tool to learn to use.

Google Alerts


Why I like it?

Google Alerts is a small little tool that can go a long way. Relatively easy to use, all you have to do is put in your query, choose from different sources to run your query through:

  • Web
  • Blogs
  • News
  • Comprehensive
  • Groups
  • Videos

Once you choose all you have to do is select how often you want an alert and you are done!

Interesting Things

Google Alerts seems very simple but it is sometimes more useful than RSS Feeds and Page Monitors. If you have a blackberry or any mobile phone that receives email, it is much more convenient to receive these news updates as emails, as you can read them immediately. It is also a lot faster than reading RSS feeds on Google Reader or Bloglines.



Why I like it?

I really like Dapper!. Dapper is a fascinating tool as not only does it allow you to custimze an RSS feed but it has so many unique features to it. After collecting sample content pages, Dapper looks at these pages and understands their structure. Unlike other customizable RSS feeds, Dapper really focuses on create a content based RSS feed and allows you to structure it any way that you want.

Interesting Things

Dapper feels that it has the same power as Pipes but has a much better look to it. Use dapper to your advantage, I know I did. I created an RSS feed using Google to show me sports scores in a customized way.

My Thoughts

These tools are exceptional. I was very new to the idea of RSS feeds before this class and really did not know how to use them to my advantage. At first, I just began creating RSS feeds to anything interested me and reading them in my Google Reader but after learning about these tools I realized i can do so much more. By combining my programming knowledge and using Pipes, a new world was opened to me. The tools that are now at my disposal are unlimited. RSS feeds are soo COOL!

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