Sniptracker is your personal dashboard allowing you to follow snippets from other websites. You collect snippets by going to a website and using a special bookmark for selecting part of a web page. This part of the webpage can then be integrated into your dashboard and is up to date every time you visit Sniptracker.
You can find the definition of the snippet in the Glossary. A snippet is either Smartsnip, Snipshot or Feed. Smartsnip is usually the preferred snippet. It tries to recognize the selected content and gives you the opportunity to filter the data. It uses common layout and colors. Snipshot is good when you wish to keep the colors, images, fonts and visually complex layout (weather, graphs etc.). It is also a good alternative to Smartsnip, when it does not give you the information the way you want it. Feed is either an Atom or RSS feed detected on the website. If it has the articles you want, use it, as it is less prone to problems when a website changes.
You can access your dashboard from any device (desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones). Sniptracker works with most modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer). Snipping works on all devices (desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones). However, snipping on mobile phones is not recommended due to screen size problems.
In technical terminology snipping is called web data extraction or web scraping. Web scraping from public websites is quite common and in many cases 100% legal. As long as you snip in accordance with website’s Terms and Conditions, everything should be fine. Website administrators also often include robots.txt on the website to provide guidelines on which pages are disallowed from snipping. Therefore it is up to you to determine the legality of the way you use our services.
First, make sure you have installed the Sniptracker bookmarklet (see the question above). Then navigate to the webpage that has the information you want to follow and click on the bookmarklet. Use your mouse to select an area and click button Continue or click on feed icon to choose from automatically detected feeds available on the website.
By default Sniptracker uses autodetection to recognize areas with content and limits selection to these areas. If you are not satisfied with the autodetected areas, you can turn on a Precision selector.
The Precision selector allows you to be more precise when selecting areas, down to a single html element. Another benefit is that you can select multiple areas / html elements. An area can be removed by clicking it again.
Try first by selecting an area and if results are not satisfactory, select particular elements that you are interested in.
When you are moving the mouse inside a particular website element, that element is selected. Active zones for enlarging the selection are around borders of elements. When considering collections of elements these zones are also on border between the items. Don’t worry, with some practice intuition will take care of this.
Search results and other listings of products or services are captured by position on the website and not its content. If you wish to select the exact product or service, go to the final page of the specific product or service. The final page link usually stays the same while the items on the list can change through time.
On your desktop and laptop computer you can grab the title of a snippet and move it to another position or dashboard. On mobile devices you can touch and hold the left side icon of the title to move the snippet around.
The dashboard you create on Sniptracker.com is not public which means it is not visible to other users or search engines. In the future it will be possible to share your snippets and collaborate with others on cool projects.
This means that the link to the website you have used to snip the content no longer exists. Most probably the website from where you snipped the content has changed. We recommend you repeat the snipping process from the beginning and add the snippet again.
If this is Smartnip, then the information you captured is not available or is blank. Check if the source webpage layout has changed, and snip the content again if necessary.
is a collection of snippets that gives you an overview of the content or things you care about most. You can make various dashboards (for example by theme) and they are easy to create and customize.
also known as gadget or widget, is content acquired from the snipping process. A snippet is a mini-content window which can display your data in a number of presentation styles including simple numeric metrics, tables and charts. Snippets are either Smartsnip, Snipshot of Feed.
is either a collection of items (similar to Feed) or a single item generated from your selection. You can select the information (properties) you want to see.
is sort of a snapshot of your selection with the same styling and size. It looks nice and it’s useful for the information where Smartsnip does not work well. On the other hand, it does not scale well and is a bit slower than Smartsnip.
are all Atom and RSS feeds detected on the website. If it has the articles you want, use it, as it is less prone to problems with website changes.