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Last week we looked at how easy it is to leave footprints on the Web ; today we'll show you how easy it is to track them. Although search engines provide a great starting point when you're searching for someone online, with all of the new social sites that have popped up over the past few years, they're often just not enough. In our recent State of Blog Search 2009 post we discussed the various reasons you may choose to use any or all of the following blog search tools: Technorati , Google Blog Search , Ice Rocket , Ask.com Blogsearch , and FriendFeed .
Reading Rewards is a free service that allows parents and teachers to track the amount of time their students spend reading. Students create goals in Reading Rewards then parents and teachers can reward them for reaching their goals. Every minute students read equals one Reading Reward (RR) mile. Parents and teachers can determine what the rewards will be and how many RR miles students need to earn to receive a reward. If Reading Rewards was simply a tool for tracking student reading, I might not have written about it.
One of the great things about Twitter is that it is a great place to track emerging trends. When major events or big stories occur, people tweet about it and it inevitably ends up at the top of Twitter Search as a top trend.
This open-source app is a little gem. Nowadays it may not make sense to spend lots of money on humongous financial tracking apps. From the web site: "SimpleD Budget is an open source Windows application designed for personal or household financial management.
Making the rounds quickly on Twitter this weekend is Tweetwasters , a site that gives you an idea of how much time you’re really ‘wasting’ posting messages and status updates to the popular micro-sharing service. Users are calculating away and tweeting about it, ironically spending even more time on Twitter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). There’s even a WordPress plugin that lets you show off your Twitter usage stats to your blog visitors, and if you try hard you might just make the Tweetwasters Hall Of Fame . Tweetwasters estimates that a user spends about 30 seconds on creating a Tweet on average, which I think is a bit long. They multiply that by the number of Twitter messages you have produced and they provide you with the approximate number of seconds, minutes, hours or days of your life you have spent on Twitter. Of course, I assume most people spend more time reading tweets than writing them, so it’s probably way more than Tweetwasters will ever be able to tell you.
Notifixio.us is a website that can help you monitor websites for updates or recent changes. It can inform you of changes via email, SMS and or even send a alert in your instant messenger. The process is rather straightforward, all you have to do is provide it with the URL of the site you want to monitor and choose how you want to be notified. No registration needed. The application works with any website that provides RSS, Atom or XML feeds. For websites that does not support feeds check out previously published How to Monitor Websites that don’t have RSS Feeds .