Tracking Web Changes & Lost Web Sites

With the advent of RSS, page change detection sites disappeared for a while. However, new technology has revived and refined the concept. Web sites like these can help you keep monitoring websites and locate “lost” websites.

Tools like Visualping can be used to monitor student-maintained websites. Get a heads up as soon as new content is posted.

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Free Tools to Monitor Website Changes

If you want to know if a website has updated its content, you can just go to the website and check it manually. This gets old when you have multiple sites or pages you'd like to keep track of. Enter web content monitoring tools. They monitor changes on any website you're interested in and send…  learn more

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Internet Archive

Internet Archive, a.k.a. the Wayback Machine, archives literally tens of thousands of sites on the Internet, tracking changes in the site's content over time. You can use it to find a lost article or web page, or to see how your favorite web site has evolved over time.  learn more

Use the Internet Archive as a teaching tool

Compare older and newer versions of a web site to show how attitudes -- and web styles -- have changed over the years.  learn more

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Visualping is an exemplar of the current web page tracking tools. Rather than flagging any change in the entire page – which can contain ads, the current time, etc. – you can select what part of the page you want to be monitored. The service will check the page (usually daily or weekly for free…  learn more

Where did they go?

We use the Internet Archive to locate web sites that have moved. Find the last good version of the web page in the and copy 8-15 words of text from the page Go to Google and do a search for these words, surrounded by quotes. Many times we've been able to locate "lost" web sites using this procedure.  learn more