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When you register, you must use your email address as your username. You can choose any password you like. We also need your name and the country you live in. This information will not be given to any third party.

You can at any stage change the information you have typed in. Just log in and click the 'Your profile' link, make the changes and click 'Update'.


In your profile you can also set up how often you want to get notifications from us, and what these notifications should contain. As we are checking the differences in the web pages once a day, you can at most get notifications at this rate. You can choose to get updates every day, or just on any specific days. I.e. you can choose to get notifications on Monday through Friday, if you are not reading mail in the weekend. You can also halt the notifications, i.e. if you are going on a holiday, and don't want your mailbox flooded when you come back.

You can choose to get a link to the pages that have changed, or we can extract the new information and send them in the mail, together with any links that did occur in the new information. Here is an example of what these emails might look like.

The changes in your pages are also available online. This option is explained under the 'View changes online' section.


If you are not getting daily updates, you have an extra option for the content of your notification. You can either

  • Send all changes. We will collect all changes that did occur on the pages since the last time you got an notification. Some of the information might not be on the page when you get the notification, but you will see what was published, and also get all the links the piece of information contained.
  • Send last changes. We will only compare the page with the version that did exist the last time you got a notification. Any information that was added, and then removed again between now and your last information, will not be visible to you. Use this option if you only want to see information that is still on the web server.

Broken pages

In your profile you can select to 'Report broken pages'. This means that we will notify you in your mail if we experienced any problems while downloading the pages you are watching. The mail will contain the message 'Could not download page www.somepage.com' for each page you are watching that could not be downloaded.

This option is useful if you would like to check for new information yourself. The site might be back online after some time, and you can check the page. The option is also valuable if you are a webmaster and would like to get a report about problems regarding access to your site.

Selecting the pages to watch.

After you have registered for the first time, or when you come back to the site and have logged in, you can go to the page editor to add, view or remove any pages. You do this by logging in and click the Your pages link.

Each time you add a page, there might be a small delay as we download the initial page to our server. In this process we also make sure that you have entered a valid page. If there was an error downloading the page, you will be given an error message.

Add pages while surfing the net

By going through a simple setup process, you can at any time add the current page you are viewing in your browser, to your WatchThatPage account. This is a convenient way to add pages to your profile. Read more about how to set this up.

Structuring your pages

You can add folders to Your pages page, and sort your pages in these folders. The folders can be nested. At any time you can move pages between folders, move folders between folders, or delete folders.

Differences in pages

When we are checking for differences in pages, we are only concern about content of information, and not about new images etc. These rules apply:

  • We are ignoring the contents of all tags, like <font>, <meta> etc. We are only looking at the text that will be visible on the web page, and at the links that the text contain. So a change in a font will not be considered a change to the page.
  • Changes to images are ignored.

View changes online

The changes given to you in the emails are also available online at watchthatpage.com. In addition to looking at your latest changes, you can view older changes as well. Just type in the date you want to view the changes for, and press the View button.


Using channels is a way to organize and structure the pages you are watching. A channel is a collection of pages that have the same properties. The changes will be sent to you in the same mail. They have the same update rate. If you enable keyword matching, the same match will be done for all the pages within the same channel. You can say that using channels is like having many watchThatPage profiles at the same time. Read more about channels and why/how you should use them.

Keyword matching

You can use keyword matching to filter the changes that is relevant to you. Changes not meeting your keyword match criteria not included in your email or your personal web page containing the changes. Read more about keyword matching.

Problematic pages

For some pages, the differences we send you might not be what you hoped they would be. For example if you monitor a page that generates a field dynamically, like the number of current users, you would not like to be notified if this is the only number that is changed. Another case might be that a site generates numbers (like session ids) in all links (so they can track your movements), and for this reason we believe that all links are changing all the time.

WatchThatPage has made a Problem Wizard where you as a user can report the most common problems you see. By following a simple step by step process, most problems can be fixed automatically.


When you register, we will save a cookie in your browser. A cookie is a small piece of information that your browser will send to our server when they are connected. We use the cookie to identify you when you click on any WatchThatPage stickers around on the Internet. More about stickers.

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