Apparatus and method of implementing fast internet real-time search technology (FIRST)

  • US 6,332,141 B2
  • Filed: 06/08/2001
  • Issued: 12/18/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An article of manufacture comprising a machine-readable storage medium having stored therein indicia of a plurality of machine-executable control program steps, the control program comprising the steps of:

  • (a) inputting a list of monitored sites and identified terms, wherein data related to such terms may appear in the monitored sites;

    (b) retrieving data from one of the monitored sites;

    (c) examining the data to return any portion of the data related to the identified terms;

    (d) using a tracking index to detect a real-time change in the data on the monitored site retrieved in step (b);

    (e) retrieving the real-time change in the data on the monitored site based on the tracking index;

    (f) generating an information alert to inform an intended recipient of the real-time change in data on the monitored site retrieved in step (b); and

    (g) repeating steps (b) through (f) for each monitored site listed in step (a).

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