MailFeed - Read Email in Your Aggregator
December 26th, 2005
Even though RSS has picked up greatly during the past year, there is a great amount of sites that still provide email newsletters only. While going through my email, I am usually not in the “news” mode, so my news folder is full of unread mail. In order to deal with this I moved all of my newsletter subscriptions over to MailFeed, so I can scan them fastly in my RSS reader when my mind is open to all sorts of news.
MailFeed is a new service (beta of course), perfect for subscribing to newsletters or email notifications and reading them in your RSS reader. All emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org are available via RSS on http://mailfeed.org/rss2/something which you can subscribe to from any aggregator. Note that some web aggregators, such as Bloglines, offer a similar feature, but you can access these only from that specific aggregator (or a reader that can sync with them). Even better, MailFeed does not require you to register at all and you can use as many email addresses as you want, which allows you to simulate plus addressing found in regular email services.
The fact that you don’t have to subscribe to MailFeed leads to some privacy issues and you should be aware of them before starting to use the service.