Tech Tip: Visualping

The Visual-ping dashboard showing a large change in Pfizer - Covid-19 clinical trials. It indicates the sponsor as Pfizer, the status as approved, and the results as published. There are buttons for users to select (view changes and access the site).

This month’s tip is an online tool to help you monitor changes on websites. Maybe you are waiting for an article to be updated, a paper to be published, a news item to refresh, or simply for an out-of-stock product to be available again. Visualping will send you an email or other notification when it detects changes in a user-specified section of a web page. A free plan is available, as well as paid, so check it out if it sounds useful to you!

How do you stay up-to-date with online news and articles? Please share your methods with me via email or in the comments, and they may be included in a future Tech Tip.

Have a cool app, tool, or tech tip you’d like to share? Contact Chase Masters. Please note that Tech Tips are personal recommendations and might not be officially endorsed or supported by U-M. 

Author: Chase Masters, University Library

Chase's role at the Taubman Health Sciences Library includes managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving in the HS-STEM Administration Unit, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the university community. You may reach him at