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Information Trapping: Real-Time Research on the Web by Tara Calishain

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3. Page Monitors

In the last chapter, we looked at RSS feeds, which are easy-to-read and easy-to-follow sources of site changes and content updates. I wish I could tell you that RSS feeds are the only source you’ll ever need to use when setting up information traps, but that wouldn’t be true.

Why not? Because many sites still don’t provide RSS feeds. Although RSS has been around for quite some time, it hasn’t gained the prominence you might think it would. Some site operators don’t have the time or interest to integrate another technology into their site. Others provide alternative ways for site visitors to keep up with their site’s content (such as e-mail alerts) and don’t feel the need to offer RSS feeds. Still others want you to actually visit ...

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