Surfnetkids Newsletter Now Available in RSS
August 15, 2003
What are the two biggest problems facing email users today? Ironically they are:
Unsolicited email is flooding our in-boxes. Unfortunately while trying to fix the problem, spam filters are blocking mail we want to receive, even, perhaps (gasp!) our free weekly Surfnetkids newsletter. It’s a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
So what’s an email user or publisher to do? Rescue the baby, of course! To this end, many (including Surfnetkids) are turning to a
Free Weekly Surfnetkids Newsletter (via RSS)
Please note that this is a full-content feed, not just a list of headlines and links. If weekly topic
Surfing the Net with Kids Headlines (via RSS)
For those needing more information, here goes. RSS is a document format that requires a
RSS avoids the dual problems of spam and spam filters because you do not need to divulge your email address to anyone (no more spam) and only you control your list of subscriptions (sidestepping spam filters entirely.)
To get started, you need to download and install an RSS reader, and then subscribe to the
Here is a short list of RSS readers, also known as news aggregators.
NewsGator (Windows, $29, free trial)
NewzCrawler (Windows, $24.95, free trial)
FeedDemon (Windows, price unknown, free beta trial)
Bloglines (web-based, free )
My Mac friends tell me both of the following are well thought of:
MacReporter (Mac OS X, $15, free trial)
NetNewsWire (Mac OS X, $39.95, free trial)
For a longer list of RSS readers (including more free options) try About Email at
Once you’ve installed an RSS reader, you are going to want to take it out for a spin. So here is a selection of other RSS feeds you may enjoy, including four other feeds that I publish.
“This is True” by Randy Cassingham
“Lockergnome Windows Daily” by Chris Pirillo
New York Times Front Page
Dictionary.com: Word of the Day
Quotes of the Day
And last, and hopefully not least, here are the other Surfnetkids feeds I publish:
Barbara Feldman: Welcome to My Office
How to Add Games to Your Site
Surfing the Net with Kids Headlines
See ya on the Net,
P.S. What do you think? Had you heard of RSS before? Was this confusing or enlightening? Let me know by posting your comments here.