Read Email in Your Aggregator
December 23rd, 2005
MailFeed is a service that gives you an email address which can be read by an RSS aggregator. For example, all emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org can be read via http://mailfeed.org/rss2/jdoe
All feeds are open to the public, which means it’s very easy to set up new addresses and even share them among a group of people (technically you don’t even have to visit this site to set up a new feed). Of course this also means this is a public communication channel — good for newsletters, status messages and ad-hoc discussion feeds, bad for private email.
The service currently has several limitations such as:
- This service won’t work for newsletters that require you to reply to a message in order to confirm your subscription. Some mailing list subscriptions can alternatively be confirmed by visiting an URL, those will work fine.
- They currently don’t serve HTML mail
- You won’t be able to access attachments such as images