Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Foobar Search Alerts update

I've been very busy working on an update to the FooBar Search Alerts (FSA) service. Finally, this past weekend, I released an update to the service. Now FSA supports monitoring of RSS/Atom feeds.

You can create an alert for a feed that you want to monitor for certain keywords. Whenever your keywords apppear in the feed, you will receive an email containing the link to the new postings.

So, lets say you want to monitor craigslist for new postings containing the word "iPod" or "Shuffle". Start monitoring "www.craigslist.org/ele/" and FSA will automatically detect the feed for that particular web page. Once some new posting(s) appear that contain the word "iPod" or "Shuffle" you will receive an email with links to the actual postings on craigslist. Not only craigslist, you can monitor any site out there which publishes a feed for its content. Popular sites like NPR, CNN, Slashdot and almost all of the blogs publish a feed these days.

Neat feature, eh? Create your alert here

FSA currently supports RSS (0.90, 0.91 Netscape, 0.91 Userland, 0.92, 0.93, 0.94, 1.0 and 2.0)and Atom 0.3 feeds.

FSA can also be used to monitor sites that dont publish a feed, but you will not receive content update links in your notification email.

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