Interment.net Cemetery RSS Newsfeed
NOTICE: Interment.net has ceased accepting new subscribers
to its mailing list (Interment-L). We will no longer send out mailings.
For explanation, click here.
We are instead utilizing an RSS newsfeed.
Our newsfeed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Intermentnet
To use our RSS newsfeed, you must utilize a newsreader, or also
referred to as "news aggregator". Most newsreaders come
in the form of software that you install on your PC, laptop, or
handheld computer. When your newsreader is ready to go, enter our
newsfeed URL (from above) into the newsreader, and you should be
all set to go.
Some recommended newsreader software:
PC and Laptops
You can also install a newsreader on your handheld computer,
and read our newsfeed anywhere you go, even if you are not online.
Here are some newsreaders for handheld computers:
Web Based Newsreaders
If you'd rather not install any new software on your computer,
you can also read newsfeeds from the web from a large variety
of other websites:
If you have an account with Yahoo, you can read our newsfeed
on your MyYahoo page. To do this, click on the icon below:
If you don't have an account, you can get one for free
Genealogy and How
The folks at Genealogy and How are now publishing notices of new
cemetery transcriptions published on Interment.net. They publish
notifications of new genealogy databases, transcriptions, and research
materials, and will be publishing notices of new transcriptions.
Visit their website at: http://www.genealogyandhow.com.
Why We Are No Longer Using the Mailing
Sending out e-mail notifications of new cemetery transcriptions
has become increasingly difficult. Everytime we sent out a mailing,
about half of all e-mails are bounced back as undeliverable, either
because the e-mail addresses are not valid anymore, or because the
recipient's inbox is full, or because of strict spam-filtering techniques.
As a result, most mailings don't reach their destination, and thus
the mailing list has become largely ineffective.
There have also been many state and federal laws enacted regarding
the use of commercial e-mail. In most cases, the laws that apply
are the laws where the recipients live. Since our mailing list includes
recipients from all 50 states, and several other countries, that's
too many laws we have to keep track of, just to make sure we're
not in violation.
The mailing list has become very expensive. We don't operate our
own mailing list server, due to the limited server power we have.
About 80% of our power is needed to keep the search engine going,
and that's still not enough power! So, we've had to use the services
of third party mailing list providers. These providers charge us
by the e-mail, everytime we send out a mailing. When half of those
e-mails are returned as undeliverable, that's money wasted.
RSS technology has become very popular in the past several months,
and it looks like its going to become even more popular. The new
Firefox Web Browser actually
has an RSS newsread built in. I would guess that it will only become
a matter of time when popular e-mail programs like Outlook Express,
Eudora, and others will have RSS newsreaders built in also.
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