Update (8/3/04): Gary Price, of ResourceShelf, emailed me the other day – very cool. His shared with me that his favorite alert tool is WebSite-Watcher. The cost is $30. He also reminded me that Feedster offers an email alert service.
Some of my favorite tools are Internet alert services – where you choose what you are interested in and they send you notification when content has been updated. Google News Alerts, WestClip & LexisNexis ECLIPSE, not to mention the tons of great RSS feeds (check out Blawg & Feedster) are definitely good things.
But what about Web sites without these types of alert services? Fear not – check out WatchThatPage Here’s a bit from their site:
WatchThatPage is a service that enables you to automatically collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet. You select which pages to monitor, and WatchThatPage will find which pages have changed, and collect all the new content for you. The new information is presented to you in an email and/or a personal web page. You can specify when the changes will be collected, so they are fresh when you want to read them. The service is free!
I have WatchThatPage watching a number of sites and found that it works pretty well. The email that is sends can be a bit cryptic, but it does its job. I tend to use it for current awareness – like when someone updates a newsletter. But it could easily have other applications as well – competitive intelligence perhaps.