Monday, April 09, 2012


Easily track changes to web pages using Femtoo

Today I discovered that an event I was due to attend had been cancelled. Although the event's website had been updated to reflect the cancellation, no notification had been sent to registered attendees. For the organisers, the explanation "But we updated the website" seemed to be enough. However the thought of having to regularly check for changes to a single web page made me wonder, how far have we really come since the computing of yesteryear?

So it occurred to me, there has to be a way to be automatically notified when a web page changes.  And there is - it's called Femtoo.
Femtoo is a project by Tom Carnell that makes it easy to track changes to the contents of a web page.  You can track changes to the entire page or even a single piece of text in the page. Femtoo is packed full of useful features such as simple 'point-and-click' selection of the content to track, multiple notification methods (Email, IM, SMS etc.), a report to highlight what has changed and even buttons for your pages to make it easy for users to track changes.  Check out the full list of features. The only problem now, is that if I screw-up the planning of an event I no longer have a valid excuse!  Maybe I'll just blame Tom.