My colleague Mario Starks recently pointed me to a rockin’ new Firefox plugin called iMacros, which lets you automatically run a whole host of repetitive tasks in your browser.Â My immediate thought was how this tool is perfect for monitoring competitors by loading multiple web sites in one shot.
By running a macro (similar to an Office macro or Photoshop action), you can designate a list of news sites, and run a macro to pop them all open. No more clicking your bookmarks one by one. Also, iMacros can also do all sorts of neat stuff, such as web scraping and automating file downloads.
And for more great ways to monitor your news competition, check outÂ 5 Ways to Monitor Your News Competition Online.
By Anna Haynes June 26, 2009 - 1:10 pm
An alternative, for this purpose at least – you can bookmark all the sites, put the bookmarks all in one folder, and thenceforth just rightclick on the folder and select “open all in tabs”.
But iMacros would likely be good for lots of other stuff, above and beyond this.
By Anna Haynes June 26, 2009 - 1:12 pm
And another possibility – build a page at alltop.com, akin to freedom-of-information.alltop.com