Every wish you could easily track changes on a web site that does NOT have RSS? How often do you bookmark web sites which you like, but then rarely revisit? What if you could be automatically informed when new content appeared? The option to track changes now exists via Google Reader. Thus, using the same tool where one tracks RSS feeds, you may now track web page changes. The process is simple ... just copy the url of the page you wish to track, and then click "add a subscription". (read the official Google Reader service announcement). (see my screenshot examples)
I did find it difficult to track individual pages on sites where a RSS feed already exists. After posting a question of the Google Forum, I was referred to the Change Detection Service.
I'm already using the new capability to track changes on the following web sites ... none of which have RSS:
- Academic Earth (engineering courses)
- Berkeley Wireless Research
- SkinnySki.Com (Nordic Skiing!)
- Stanford Seminars
- Siemens Control Products
- UC San Diego Wireless
- Virginia Tech Wireless
Here is an example from my Google Reader account. Click to view full sized.