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New Features From FeedMyInbox – More Than Just Converting RSS (News Feeds) Into Emails

by Sheldon Nesdale on 22 January 2010

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Do any of the following apply to you?

  1. Have you heard about RSS but can’t really be bothered with it?
  2. Do you have a few favourite blogs or news sites, but it’s up to you to remember to check them for new content?
  3. Do you have a News Feed (RSS) Reader like Google Reader but it’s a pain keeping up with it?
  4. Are there newsletters you’d like to sign up for but you don’t like giving away your email address?

If you answered “YES!” to either of those, then I have good news.

First, a quick definition of RSS:  It stands for “Real Simple Syndication”, and it just converts blog articles and news articles into a file format (XML) that can be understood and distributed using any RSS reader.

4 Reasons Why I Use The FeedMyInbox Method For Converting RSS Into Email

  1. I can keep up to date with the latest content of 50+ blogs effortlessly
  2. If I’m one of the first to comment on these blogs, hundreds of people will read my comment and that is good branding for me (and they have a link back to my website in my comment)
  3. I can avoid getting distracted by filtering these messages automatically into a folder that I can look in when I’ve finished with the task at hand
  4. If I get sick of a blog, I can unsubscribe with one click. Simple. Clean. Efficient. (And I never have to email the author “please take me off your list”!)

A few months ago I wrote about www.FeedMyInbox.com: How to receive News Feeds (RSS) via email

Well, they have just added more features.

How FeedMyInbox Worked Last Year

Last year you could simply:

  1. Paste in the feed url of the website you want to subscribe to
  2. Type in your email address

And you would start recieving those feeds as emails.

Easy.

New Features Added To FeedMyInbox This Year

With an account, now you can:

  1. Customise the subject line of incoming emails (really handy, because most bloggers don’t name their blogs very well)
  2. Opt to receive those feeds in real-time, or choose another time of day you’d like to receive them (I like to have them in real time so the freshest are always on top)
  3. Opt to receive the entire article in the feed as an email, or just the title and a hyperlink
  4. Download a “Bookmarklet” to your web browser, so subscribing to a new feed is only 1 click away

They are offering a free trial of up to 5 feeds (I’d like to see them extend this to 10 so people get a chance to get addicted).

Give it a try yourself, see the “Get Notified By Email About New Articles” widget on the right of this page? Just add your email address there and you’ll get notification about new articles on this blog.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sheldon February 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Two more completely free tools:

  1. Reblinks – You don’t even need an account just copy and paste in the RSS url and your email address
  2. Notify Me – You will need an account but you get to choose to have your notices delivered in a few different ways

The bummer with both of these options is they only email you the first paragraph of the blog article you have subscribed to – you’ll have to click through to read the rest of it. Whereas FeedMyInbox sends you the entire blog article (which makes it easy to find an article later when you search within your email for it)

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2 Sheldon February 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

I’ve been using both of these alternatives for a couple of weeks now, and Reblinks is my favourite.

Sometimes I do get the entire feed in the email with Reblinks, which is great, and unsubscribing is one click away, and subscribing is dead easy.

Whereas Notify Me emails all have “No Reply” as the from address instead of the name of the blog, and the emails are always truncated. Stink.

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