Tracking Website Changes
Anyone else track web pages for new promotions? If so what do you use to do it? I'm currently trying out Internet Owl - Website Monitoring and Change Detection Software and initial impressions are promising. Requires installation (free) but no spyware as far as I can tell. There seem to be a number of services for monitoring websites but most appear to either send you an email or notify you by RSS feed (haven't quite got to grips with this yet). Internet Owl opens a browser-type window displaying all your monitored web pages and showing changes to them, so seems rather more user friendly to me. Of course it works best if the bookie/casino in question has a dedicated promotions page, otherwise you get a lot of inconsequential changes showing up.
Cheers chriso - have you seen ChangeDetection - Know when any web page changes as well, they're pretty good, have been using them up to now but will defo check your place out, thanks!
Bleh forget that I see you say it's a standalone application my bad! Sounds very interesting then if it's a standalone app, nice one.
The RSS functionality of these types of sites I think would be useful if you use an RSS feed reader to read other RSS feeds regularly (ie at least once a day), but if you don't use RSS for other things then it's probably not worth it. RSS (really simple syndication) is basically a list containing all the headlines with a short snippet of the content that a website might publish and your RSS reader then reads those RSS items and displays them for you so you can keep track of items from lots of different places.
For example you can subscribe to the forums on here using RSS if you wanted - you'd enter the URL to our RSS feeds in your feed reader and then whenever a new post was added on the forum, your RSS feed reader would pick this up and display it in your feed reader. However the point of doing that is minimal if you don't use RSS to keep track of other RSS feeds, you might as well just use the forum interface directly if that's the only RSS feed you were going to read (although to be fair you could argue that using an rss reader to read this forum is a good idea because it allows you to see a quick overview of new posts and then goto the main site if there's something that piques your interest).
(edit: actually not sure if rss is enabled on this forum, it probably could be but I doubt many would use it!)
I'd use it, but I don't think its available.
Originally Posted by munk
I do subscribe to boylesports rss (nothing much ever on there, although I did get a £25 free bet for their goal of the month comp once) and other bookies don't seem to have one. I seem to be subscribed to more rss feeds than I can possibly read, but you can just skim the titles and hopefully pick out anything interesting. plus they are grouped in categories so I know which to pay more attention too anyway. (I use google reader)
Ok well I'll try and get it running at some point, will add this to my todo list and shout if/when it's done.
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