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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

HandHeld Computers

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:

My Yahoo

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 by clicking here.

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 List

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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