I’m opensourcing, after two years of continued use (:D), a bot for refreshing ads that were published in a specialized classified ads webpage called Clasipar, which is the most popular webpage for this kind of services here in Paraguay.
When you publish an advert on Clasipar, your announcement has a living period of 24 hours. After that, it gets lost among the thousands of other ads in the category it was published in. If you don’t periodically refresh your ad, in a daily basis for example, it will probably disappear completely unnoticed and whatever business you wanted to do, will never be concreted.
This is where this bot comes in. Once your announcement is online, the bot refreshes it daily so you don’t have to worry about this task anymore. You can even publish 3 copies of the same announcement and configure the bot to automatically refresh them at 9am, 1pm and 5pm, for example. This method allows you to get your ad always in the front page of its category.
On September 21 of 2010, I wrote a post about this piece of software and here’s the entry.