Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the lights on at MakeUseOf. Read more.
<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/bookmark.jpg” />There are many ways to keep ourselves abreast of what’s where on the web. Bookmarks are the oldest.
But bookmarks by nature are static links. I was searching for a bookmarking web app that would let me know all of the changes in a site. I finally came across Diphur which makes bookmarks more active.
Diphur monitors all sites which you bookmark using it and it lets you know when new content gets added to the site. If Diphur’s core function is sounding more like what RSS feeds do, then take a pause here.
Diphur can be compared to RSS feeds but it is different in many other ways.
Just like RSS feeds, Diphur gives us the new stuff. But unlike a RSS feed which gives you everything that’s new, Diphur gives you lots of other controls to get what you want and when you want. Then there are many sites that do not have RSS feeds. With Diphur, you can cover them as well.
Diphur can be set up to grab any kind of updates. Think of the Giveaways you might be missing on our site. You can set up Diphur to notify you in real time when one gets announced. Just like an early bird, you can come and participate.
Looking out for any content that gets published with a; Diphur can get that for you. The same goes with any other data that you might be monitoring on a periodic basis.
Now let’s see how Diphur catches anything that changes on a website you have bookmarked and how you can set it up to hit the target.
Diphur Works Through ChangeUps
Diphur calls the webpage updates ChangeUp(s). It is the hourly difference in content that occurs on the webpage that you have bookmarked. While performing the check and bringing the ChangeUp to you, Diphur does not consider elements like ads which get regularly updated. Images and linked content are also given a miss.
There are two ways you can see the ChangeUps. First, you get notified with an email. Second, you can log into your Diphur account and click on the ChangeUp link below each bookmarked site.
Let’s See A ChangeUp In Action
I should warn you that the interface is nothing to write home about and is purely functional.
So let’s jump into the site with a registration and a log in. If you decide to add a fresh bookmark, the next page is where it all comes together.
All the fields are pretty well explained. Help is prompt with a click on the little blue query icon. For example, take the first field where you have to enter the URL of the site you want to bookmark. The explanation is concise and clear.
The first place where you can really fine tune the utility of this site is the field where you set the time range and size of the changes. You can set Diphur to monitor the website – hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly.
There are a few percentages to choose from in the adjoining dropdown. Percentages are about the number of updates you want to know about. For instance, 1 percent will let you know of that many changes and not all that have taken place. Any Change is the default option.
Keywords and Exact Phrase act like filters which allow you to get only the kind of content you are interested in. For instance, adding a keyword like technology will filter out those changes which do not have the word in them. You can take any of a site’s tags and put them in as keywords. Diphur will update you when the posts with that keyword or tag get published.
The personal bookmarks page looks like this”¦
You can keep on adding fresh bookmarks or help yourself from the ones that are already there in the Popular section, or those you can get with a search.
Bookmarks can be arranged according to a few Views and also kept to be read later with a click on the Add to read later icon.
Now, What Does A ChangeUp Look Like?
You will receive the ChangeUp notification in your email. You can directly click from there or you can log on to your account.
The My ChangeUp page is where the motherlode of information comes in. You can see that the information gets arranged according to the level of changes in the individual articles. You can click on the links to go directly to the source page. The View filters again and lets you play around with what you want to display on this page.
Diphur could be a viable sidekick to your trusty RSS reader. I especially liked the keywords function which allows me to target information related to my interests. A good thing if you want to keep tabs on a huge website or blog and get selective information.
Of course, one thing I miss is a browser bookmarklet which can let me add a bookmark without visiting Diphur. Perhaps that’s around the corner.
But where do you place Diphur in your scheme of things? Is it a good webpage monitoring and update alert tool?