Introducing ChangeTracker: Tracking Change in Washington

May 15, 2009 at 7:51 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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We’re launching ChangeTracker, an experimental new tool that watches pages on whitehouse.gov [1], recovery.gov [2] and financialstability.gov [3] so you don’t have to. When the White House adds or deletes anything— say a blog post, or executive order—ChangeTracker will let you know.

Each change links to a page (courtesy of a service called Versionista [4]) that shows the different versions side-by-side. Text highlighted in red means it was removed, green means it was added. If you notice something interesting, let us know [5]. We’ll highlight the gems.

And in the hope that folks will track other important Web sites, we want you to steal our code: Here’s how to create your own tracker for any Web site [6]

Latest Changes

CEA – Economic Report of the President

changed on 5/14

View this change or all changes.

Defense
[rare]
changed on 5/13

View this change or all changes.

The Cabinet
[rare]
changed on 5/13

View this change or all changes.

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