ZapTXT blog announced the release of “ZapTXT 2.0 Beta”. —”As Ed mentions in his post below, we have currently opened up registration for the first 10,000 users that sign up. Our current users of course are already registered. If you would like us to drop you a line when we open up registration, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About ZapTXT —”ZapTXT is a free service that lets you keep track of your favorite Web sites via email, mobile device or instant messenger.” The most interesting part is that, it doesn’t track the entire website or blog for keywords, instead, it lets you “limit the search to only a set of RSS feeds, as specified by you.”
You can use ZapTXT to monitor your favorite news sites, classified listings, job postings, blogs, sports teams or just about anything else you can think of. Just pick the sites you're interested in, and tell us what you'd like us to watch for and we can send you an update whenever a site gets updated. ZapTXT works with millions of different Web sites that support RSS or Atom.
Highlights of this release:
The new ZapTask: With this release you bring your tasks and your multiple trusted rss-enabled sources to ZapTXT, we monitor that task for you and you move on with your life. So search for that digital camera across Craigslist, eBay Stores and CNET reviews at one time and get the best deal available. Get the best out of the web, on your terms - when you want and where ever you are.
We’ve also made it very easy to edit a ZapTask. You can now change just about anything on a current ZapTask - keywords, feeds you want to monitor and delivery preferences.
Here are some use cases to get your juices flowing:
- A researcher, journalist or PR/communications professional can create ZapTasks using specific key words (e.g. CEO, resigns, downgrade, earnings for a company and monitor these keywords across say PR Newswire and the Wall Street Journal or “Joe Lieberman” on Daily KOS, CNN, Digg and Sphere) and receive real-time updates on when news is covered in any of your chosen content sources.
- A diabetic can have ZapTXT monitor a new drug, alternative treatment, across the FDA, a set of blogs, the drug manufacturers site and the health section of the New York Times - all as one task.
- A sports fan can monitor a team, a player on his/her favorite blogs, news feeds that Fox Sports provides and your local newspaper.
- A systems security professional can now know right away if new security holes or virus are discovered and move swiftly to protect against a new threat.
- For the shopper or jobseeker or any classifieds user, let the deal come to you and be first to respond. Monitor a job across Craigslist, SimplyHired, Edgeio, New York Times or just about any rss enabled feed. Same applies for that snowboard you want to buy, or that apartment you’re looking to rent. You get the idea…
OPML: In the event that OPML interests you, this release brings one of the more user-friendly approaches to importing, creating, refining and searching across an OPML file.
Widgets: We’ve brought some of the widgets that were previously hidden in the application to the forefront. So no need to come to ZapTXT every time you find a site that has useful information. Add the ZapTXT bookmarklet to your browser and just click on it - the feed passes automatically into ZapTXT. Simply enter your keyword filters, pick your delivery mechanisms and frequency and your done. Publishers can also add the ZapTXT button to their sites to allow users to be able to monitor their blogs for topics of the users interest.
Delivery Mechanisms: In addition to Gtalk and Jabber, this release also allows for MSN and AIM to be used for IM alert notifications.