help me "subscribe" to websites that do not use RSS with Firefox.
April 20, 2007 8:01 AM   Subscribe

help me "subscribe" to websites that do not use RSS with Firefox.

I remember in the days of IE 5 on the mac there was a feature to "subscribe" to a website. This method did not use RSS. I think it simply checked for a change in the html of the page every N minutes. I use a lot of websites that do not utilize rss and I hate having to go through my bookmarks one by one to see if anything has been updated. Is there a plugin that emulates the IE 5 functionality? Ideally in the native Firefox bookmark menu.
posted by Infernarl to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is not exactly the answer you're looking for, but I've used feed43.com to create rss feeds for websites that don't have their own. It works great - although the paid version ($30/year) is more reliable than the free version (which tended to time out often).
posted by wearyaswater at 9:11 AM on April 20, 2007


FeedYes.com (From Lifehacker)

Also, Ponyfish.
posted by desjardins at 9:26 AM on April 20, 2007


Here are a few screen scraping tools that will generate RSS and may help:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog_feeds#Scraping
posted by chrisamiller at 10:18 AM on April 20, 2007


I believe Ryan North's RSSpect works along these lines.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:27 AM on April 20, 2007


I second feed43 like weary says. I use it for all the non-rssified sites on my watch list, and it works great.
posted by gemmy at 3:11 PM on April 20, 2007


Update Scanner, perhaps?
posted by anaelith at 3:34 PM on April 20, 2007


ChangeDetection.com.
posted by softlord at 3:38 PM on April 20, 2007


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