Tag Archive for ‘Email’

Fastmail. Who Knew? ➝

Jason Burk:

Like most, I have different email addresses for various reasons and previously I would login to each of them on every email client I used. This setup isn’t great and makes it difficult to manage them all and migrate messages between them. Now I just have Fastmail grab the mail from them all and funnel them into one place.

I made the same change recently and it’s so nice. I have just two accounts that I login to in each of my email clients now — my personal, Fastmail account and my work account. That’s it.

And unlike Hey, which seems to be the new hip email service, I can use any IMAP client to check my email. To be fair, none of them are particularly great, but at least I have options.

➝ Source: burk.io

‘Hey, World!’ ➝

Jason Fried:

Email is the internet’s oldest self-publishing platform. Billions of emails are “published” every day. Everyone knows how to do it, and everyone already can. The only limitation is that you have to define a private audience with everything you send. You’ve gotta write an email to: someone.

So I thought, why not expand the possibilities here? Of course still let email be email, but what else could email be?

The folks at Hey.com are experimenting with a weblog publishing platform where your email client is the editor. It’s an interesting idea. It is worth noting that other platforms already have this as an option. But I get it, they have their own take on the idea.

I am curious how editing an entry would work, though. On WordPress, if you were to publish by email, you still have an editor you can go to for changes after publishing. Would this service offer something like that?

It would be weird if that wasn’t option, but truthfully, anything that gets more people publishing is good for the web.

Andy Nicolaides, on the announcement:

A blogging platform in this style will also remove one of the elements that always feels like a bit of a blocker for me, the design and naming of my blog. I’m consistently unhappy with the design of any blog I make, and then when I do write I spend too much time worrying about adding images and making it look nice instead of just getting the words out / down.

In addition to the publishing by email, HEY World is also de-emphasizing the design of your site. Their thinking is that it causes too much friction. I can understand the sentiment, but fortunately that isn’t something that has been too much of a barrier for me personally.

Back to Jason:

For now, this remains an experiment. I’ve got my own HEY World blog, and David has his. We’re going to play for a while. And, if there’s demand, we’ll roll this out to anyone with a personal @hey.com account. It feels like Web 1.0 again in all the right ways. And it’s about time.

I’m not a Hey.com user, but I am excited to see where this goes. And speaking more broadly, there does feel like something neat is happening right now. An undercurrent of interest in moving away from the existing social media sites. I hope many will move to publishing on their own domain, but at the very least, it would be nice to see the Facebooks and Twitters of the world shrink a little bit — both in active users and influence.

➝ Source: world.hey.com

Mailbrew, a Personal Daily Digest ➝

My experiment of following Twitter users over RSS didn’t quite work out as well as I’d hoped. Tweets just aren’t displayed well in that format — or at least that’s the case with the combination of RSS-Bridge, Tiny Tiny RSS, and Unread.

But I don’t want to spend my time aimlessly scrolling through Twitter anymore — checking it a dozen or more times each day. So I’m giving Mailbrew a try.

I have a Brew setup that combines the 200 most recent tweets from a private list of my most important follows alongside links to a handful of services that I’d like to keep an eye on that don’t offer open web options for consumption.

I’m very optimistic so far. I check Twitter exactly once each day now — aside from interactions with notifications. No more aimless scrolling through or dozens of daily launches. I might just be in the honeymoon period, but I feel like Mailbrew is the best Twitter client available.

The service’s pricing is a bit steep, though — $96 each year. I’m not positive it’s really worth the cost. Unless I find some additional uses for it or my existing usage feels so profoundly important when compared to the alternatives, I might drop it. But the jury’s still out on that.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy every bit of the two-week free trial.

➝ Source: mailbrew.com

The Peculiar Rise of the Paid Email Newsletter ➝

Nick Heer:

It seems almost tragically ironic to think that newsletter subscriptions are the future of independent publishing. Email has been around for far longer than the World Wide Web, and has almost none of the design advantages or surveillance mechanisms celebrated by web publishers. All this time we have been subject to the whims of ad technology firms when the solution seems to be a rewind button.

➝ Source: pxlnv.com

I Like Apple Mail ➝

Charlotte Rose:

What I’ve realised after using the native Mail app for so long is that actually, what is most important to me is just having all of my email accounts in one place and being able to view all of my inboxes at once via one main inbox.

Same. I’ve tried just about every email app under the sun and always end up coming back to Apple Mail. It gives me a single inbox for all my accounts, performs actions quickly, and just works.

➝ Source: charlotterosewrites.com

Hey Is Not for Me ➝

Marius Masalar:

In Hey, my email history is always visible, even though I don’t want it to be. I don’t know about you, but once I’ve finished with an email, I don’t want to look at it anymore unless there’s been a reply or I have to refer back to something (via search).

In Gmail, when I open the inbox I see only emails that I need to do something with. In Hey, I see those emails, plus the emails I’ve already dealt with, plus the emails I’ve decided I’ll reply to later, plus the emails I’ve set aside, and sometimes even a button letting me know I have other emails to do something about in the Screener…how exactly is this more tidy and peaceful?

This was my immediate reaction when I gave Hey a try and the primary reason why the service isn’t for me. I want my email client to be enjoyable to use. And that isn’t possible without an archive feature.

I’ll be sticking with my current combination of Fastmail, Gmail, and Apple Mail.

➝ Source: mariusmasalar.me

Why ‘Hey’ Had to Wait ➝

David Heinemeier Hansson:

HEY is going to launch when the world’s got a handle on this virus. When we either find a new normal, living within long-running restrictions, or we find a way to beat this thing. We’re not going to put a date on that, because nobody knows when that might be. And we’re not going to pretend that we do either.

I was pretty excited about the launch of Hey. I’ve been aimlessly searching for a good email client for years and have never been happy with any of the options. It’s disappointing that we’ll have to wait longer, but I trust that they’re making the right decision. And when Hey does eventually launch, I’m sure it’ll be even better.

➝ Source: m.signalvnoise.com

Apple Considering Letting Users Change Default Email App and Browser on iOS ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

The technology giant is discussing whether to let users choose third-party web browser and mail applications as their default options on Apple’s mobile devices, replacing the company’s Safari browser and Mail app, according to people familiar with the matter.

This is a huge step in the right direction. And I wouldn’t mind them giving developers the ability to release web browsers with their own rendering engines as well.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com