Website Monitoring Using Google Reader

Here is a quick tip for those who are interested in setting up a website monitoring system.

There are plenty of website monitoring services on the web however; some come with a cost.

Thanks to Google, internet users can now be alerted whether content has been modified on a webpage.  All that is needed is a valid Google Reader account.

Once logged in,  be sure to follow these 4 steps.

Step 1: Select or highlight the address of the website or webpage that you wish to track.  (In this case example, we have selected, the Social Media Today Facebook Fan Page.)

Step 2: Copy the hyperlink – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Social-Media-Today/18797601233

Step 3: In your Google Reader account, click on the “Add a subscription” button highlighted in yellow in Figure 1:

Figure 1: Google Reader – Adding a subscription
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Step 4: Click on the “Add a subscription” button and paste the url of the page that you wish to monitor.  Figure 2 illustrates this procedure.

Figure 2: Adding The URL Of The Website That Will Be Tracked
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Step 5: Click on the “Add button” to place the site as one of your subscriptions as seen in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Viewing Subscriptions and Associated Alerts
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Once new content appears on the Facebook Fan Page, the subscription feed is updated where the most recent content is posted  on top as highlighted in yellow in Figure 4.

Figure 4: New Content Displayed On Google Reader

Needless to say, this application can be used efficiently to monitor social networks for economic development.

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