Use Update Scanner To Keep Up On Websites Without An RSS Feed


Update Scanner is a Firefox Extension that will alert you whenever a Website has been updated.  It installs an arrow icon in the lower right hand corner of your browser window.  When a site you’ve added to Update Scanner has changes, it will turn purple and you’ll see a small toaster notification.  You can add a site to be alerted about with a right mouse click or you can add sites manually.  You decide how often you want Update Scanner to check for updates – anywhere from every five minutes (not recommended) to once a day.

Now I know that most Websites have an RSS Feed, but that’s really not all Update Scanner can be used for.  If there’s an interesting comment thread you want to keep your eye on but don’t really want to subscribe to it in your Feed Reader, you could have Update Scanner notify you every hour with changes.  You could do the same for threads in a forum.  If you have a friend (or Mother) who doesn’t really understand the whole RSS thing, you could install Update Scanner for them and add the few sites they may frequent.  Then just show them how they’ll know when there’s new content “because the cute little arrow will turn purple, Mom!”.  Here’s my screencast tour of Update Scanner:

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2 Responses to “Use Update Scanner To Keep Up On Websites Without An RSS Feed”

  1. 1 bushcamper


    I tested Update Scanner and it is indeed a nice software! However, I want to have my bookmarks always with me and found WWWatcher ( It is a Web 2.0 application, very easy to use, nothing to install on your machine – nice!

    – bushcamper

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