Alternatives to Penn's NetNews service
Penn’s NetNews service was retired on June 30, 2008. Below is a listing of products and services to help former users of NetNews transition to viable alternatives for the service.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML format used to publish frequently updated content to sites such as blogs, news headlines, or podcasts. RSS content can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader" or an "aggregator". Interested parties subscribe to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process.
A few of the most commonly used RSS readers include:
RSS lists to some of the more popular sites.
Most major news sites and blogs provide RSS feeds. Below are links to some of the most popular sites:
Discussion Groups and Boards
Discussion groups allow you to choose whether you want to read and post messages online, or to just use your current email account to read and respond. Below are links to some of the more popular groups and boards:
General Discussion & UseNet type groups
Google and Yahoo also offer private groups that allow the moderator to restrict access or the ability to post to certain people.
Local discussions, personals, and “For Sale” type postings
Philadelphia specific discussions:
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