Danger, Will Robinson
Using Newbot to Track
Layoffs, Competitors, and Industry Specific News
NewBot saves your energy.
A roaming newshound, NewBot crawls the Web continuously in search
of items of interest to you. Then, it filters the items and delivers
updates right to your desktop. What a terrific invention.
There are now two versions
of the program available. A web-based version allows
you to do your search through Wired's web site. The Personal
Agent, available only for Windows 95 or Windows NT, makes deliveries
right to your desktop.
How to Use It
- Choose where to search
from the first drop-down menu. You can do either news sites, the
Web, or Usenet groups.
- Then, from the next
menu, highlight how old you want the results to be. You can choose
from between 6 hours to whenever.
- In the third box, type
your search terms. Let's say you want an update on who's downsizing.
Enter downsizing or layoffs and see what happens.
If you enter more than one word, you'll get back documents containing
all the words you've entered unless you the operators AND, OR,
NOT, parentheses, and quotation marks.
- Start the search.
Within a short time, the
NewBot screen expands and gives you what it's found.
You'll see the date and
time of the posting or update, how NewBot has ranked it, the name
of the site it was found on, the title and summary of the document,
and the URL.