How to make a smarter page change monitoring service

Posted at 2016/03/26  14:48:31


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As many of you can imagine, deep-watch uses crawler to check target site with regular interval, just as what search engines do. In that sense it has nothing different from other page change monitoring services which are widely available on the web.

However, it does do something smarter. The other services, whether free or not, always let the server mechanically handle user requests. Then, if easy enough to use, they are usually inaccurate, with user kept being teased by false alerts. On the other hand, if accurate enough, they tend to be complicated. Users have to learn dozens of weird markups to submit a valid request.

Deep-watch makes things simpler. You don’t have to fight against those markups. We will deal with it. So you can describe your request in natural languages, just as if talking to operators in calling center.

Your request is actually submitted to our engineers, who will do the following work in a timely manner.

  1. Read your request and understand what you want.
  2. Analyze target page and find the best approach to retrieve what you want.
  3. Setup a crawler and put it online.

With those 3 steps done you will get an email saying service is ready.
 
All above seems to be heavy work, but our engineers can finish it within a few minutes because they are skilled programmers, and supported by a smart system that can retrieve information from web pages with high efficiency.

Yes, that is the secret! Deep-watch is smart because our engineers are smart! With such high level intelligence, we provide smarter service that is never matchable by mechanical handlers.

  • It can be insensitive on embedded ads, like-button counters, small layout changes and occasional page errors, so you are always free of false alerts.
  • It is self-adaptive to large design changes, so you don’t have to re-setup even if target page changed its design.
  • It can retrieve data from pages that are not directly accessible by URLs. This is usually essential to monitor ticket availability.
  • There are even more here.

 
So what you need to do is to go to new task page, paste the URL that you want to monitor, describe the conditions that you want to get alerted, and leave an email address to receive alert mail. Soon enough you will get an email asking for mail address validation, just click the link enclosed in the email, then you can go for a coffee break. If our request queue is not in congestion, you are likely to get the “service ready” mail before the coffee is ready.

 

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