When you make a site dependent on others for your data, it’s important to be able to get updates on those sites promptly. Most of the time, a site has way to see what’s recently updated, be it by a page that lists what’s new, or an RSS feed, or an email list.
But what happens when they don’t?
Well. Then you need to look into monitors. And the bad news? Nothing is perfect. I’ve picked the top two services I tried over the month of May
Between that and the email situation, I’m unhappily still using it.
My biggest takeaway from this is that with some content it makes sense to hard define your content. That is, sorting everything by name and not allowing it to be restored may make sense for many people. But you have to allow people an easy way to see what’s new if you want them to keep coming back.