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Google Reader Can Now Track Changes on Any Website - Even if it Can't Find a Feed  (View post)

Abhisshek [PersonRank 3]

Monday, January 25, 2010
9 years ago5,050 views


<<Google just announced an interesting update to Google Reader. Google's online feed reader now allows you to track changes on any page – even those that don't feature an RSS feed. Google will create its own custom feeds for these sites and update the feed whenever it notices a change. Google Reader will display a short snippet of the page changes in the RSS feed.

Until today, Google Reader would simply respond with an error message if you tried to subscribe to a site that didn't offer an RSS feed. Now, Google will simply create a new feed for the site and track updates. It's not clear how often Google plans to ping these sites, however>>

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Cookie Lee [PersonRank 9]

9 years ago #

Great! Now I don't need Page2RSS.com for that anymore.

Above 2 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

This is exciting news! I have been wanting something like this for years! I can now subscribe to forum posts on here, or anywhere else for that matter!

Travis Harris [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Strike that... Since this site has a feed, I can't subscript to a page... bummer! Anyone know how I can force it to use the page I set instead of an RSS if one is available?

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Very nice feature, was hoping for something like this to replace Page2RSS in the future. But for now i'm not going to change al the Google homepages set to Page2RSS to Google Reader :-).

Abhisshek [PersonRank 3]

9 years ago #

can you please add my Last.fm profile link in my name last.fm/user/Abhisshek

thnaks in advance

James Abernacky [PersonRank 0]

9 years ago #

try feedbeater.com

e.g.: diffbot.com/api/rss/blogoscope ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

BE CAREFUL!

1) We don't know how often pages are fetched (perhaps Page2RSS is better)
2) The bot used to reach the page is... Googlebot! That is to say private pages might be indexed!!!

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

# Add a <meta name="googlebot" content="noarchive"> tag to any page you don't want available in Reader. Google compares the cached and current versions of your page to determine if that page has been updated. Adding the NOARCHIVE meta tag will prevent Google from caching your page.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

My feed on google.com/robots.txt just failed!!

<< Generated feed for " google.com/robots.txt\"
from google.com/robots.txt Google feed by Google

   * Google was not able to access this page to check for updates. This page may be unavailable or have other restrictions that prevent Google from getting updates. >>

[put at-character here]all please read that, it's important [Up] blogoscoped.com/forum/166690.h ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

[put at-character here]TOMHTML: There are restrictions:

<< Reader may not always detect updates to your content. Currently, only English-language content in HTML format is supported. In addition, updates to content in frames are not detected; nor are updates to content that requires sign-in to view. >>

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WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Your absolutely right. In any case, as long as Page2RSS exists I'm going to stick with them :-).

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Google, eh Tony beat me. I was responding at TOMHTML :-). [Up] blogoscoped.com/forum/166690.h ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Thank you, I didn't understood at first how important is "HTML format" in our case.
Anyway, previous points mentionned before are still very important and I won't use this new feature of Google Reader until they give us more details... I bet page content tracked can be indexed (because it seems to be the same bot as Googlebot) and that's why HTML format only is authorized right now.

Hank [PersonRank 0]

9 years ago #

Oh thanks Google... that makes services like page2rss.com/ or applestorecheck.com/ useless...

Good for users... bad for those services...

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