Diffbot Is Programmed for Awesome

Garrett Wilkin, May 5th, 2011

Diffbot ArticleDiffbot is one of the coolest new ideas on the internet. The service brings monitoring to the web in a new and interesting way. The company is just about to release a whole slew of projects built on its collection of Diffbot APIs for following changes to web pages and RSS, as well as extracting clean text from websites.

How do you monitor updates to a page that doesn’t have an RSS feed?  Maybe the site does have an RSS feed but it doesn’t include the information that you want to monitor in that feed.  Then what can you do?  Why not fire up an API that takes advantage of computer vision and semantic analysis to watch that page and tell you when it changed.  On and it will extract the meaning for you too.  And tell your fortune.  And find you a date for Friday night.

When an API is this cool, you know its straight JSON format.  Come on, we’ll pretend that you didn’t have to ask.  And yes, yes of course there are open source API implementations.  This is one of 6 extraction APIs, but Diffbot naturally does more. It reminds us of what we hoped the Dapper API would become: a way to retrieve data from any web page, as it changes.

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4 Responses to “Diffbot Is Programmed for Awesome”

May 5th, 2011
at 4:49 pm
Comment by: chandu

Awesome..started using it.

May 16th, 2011
at 12:35 am
Comment by: API Måndag – Google I/O, Göteborg och kulturarv « Mashup.se

[...] news dashboard”. Inte särskilt intressant tycker jag, deras nya API är däremot ett av de coolaste APIerna jag har sett på länge. Via deras Follow API så kan man spåra de senaste ändringarna på en [...]

June 7th, 2011
at 8:01 am
Comment by: PublishFlow Keeps News Orgs In The Know

[...] tool reminds me a bit of the Diffbot API, which I said was programmed for awesome.  The main difference is that PublishFlow is targeting the editorial teams of news organizations [...]

June 22nd, 2011
at 12:01 pm
Comment by: Web Miners Grab Their Programming Picks for Bay Area Hack Day

[...] which provides an API to deduce and extract information from web sites. In May we wrote that Diffbot is programmed for awesome with its ability to monitor the web in interesting [...]

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