Web feeds Help Golfers Save Time and Money

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Automatic tools let golfers keep up with the latest news and equipment offers from around the web

The Internet means dozens of golf retailers and websites are just a click away for golfers eager to follow their favorite tour pro or fill their golf bags with the latest equipment.

The problem is finding time to keep track of all the various news, offers and specials that can mean several hundred dollars saved on a set of new irons.

Fortunately, a new web technology lets golfers keep an eye on their favorite golf stores and media sites without lifting a finger.

Many websites now publish summaries of new content or special offers in coded files known as RSS or web feeds. These files let other websites syndicate this new content. But individuals can use and benefit from them, too.

How?

Most of the top Internet portals feature built-in feed-reading services, so you can get them to read different feeds from around the web, and present all the latest news, offers and content on one handy web page, personalized to your own interests.

Other companies offer free tools that add feed-monitoring capacity to the software you already use to browse the web or read emails.

"Feeds save you having to visit websites yourself, since your feed-reader does the work for you. And unlike with email alerts, for example, you're completely in control of the information flow," says Mark Brownlow, a marketing journalist and golf website owner.

At Another Golf Website -- http://www.anothergolfwebsite.com/ -- Brownlow monitors new equipment releases and golf retail offers, and then publishes the information online.

But instead of visiting this site regularly to check for new information, a golfer can simply subscribe anonymously to the Another Golf Website feed. As soon as information is published on a new golf club or retailer sale, it's picked up automatically by the golfer's feed-reading service or software.

"Instead of you going to a website or waiting for an email, up-to-date information comes to you in overview form and at your convenience," says Brownlow.

He notes that most major media sites now offer a feed option, so you can collate tournament news, retail offers, equipment news and even book reviews at, for example, a single page at your favorite portal.

"Until recently, web feeds were for tech junkies," says Brownlow, "but as software and websites make it easier for anyone to benefit from feeds, it won't be long before everyone is using them."

About Another Golf Website:

Another Golf Website is a daily web diary reporting on new equipment releases, discounts and offers from the golf retail world, and opinion and commentary on the game and its players. For more information on web feeds and the tools and services that read them, see http://www.anothergolfwebsite.com/aboutwebfeeds/

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