Monitoring changes to Web sites can be an important part of legal practice, whether for litigation, competitive intelligence, current awareness, or any number of other reasons. RSS feeds and email alerts make potentially laborious process much easier. Instead of going out to the web site every day, you can automatically receive notification of any changes.
But what do you do when the site doesn’t offer a RSS feed or email alert? Build your own. I put together this short handout for a class I taught last week. In it, I describe two tools – PonyFish (RSS) & Watch That Page (email) – which allow to you create your own monitoring service.