A while ago I published an Ariadne article on “Must Email Die?” in which I suggested that email was being used for purposes for which it was less than ideal.
I am, however, well aware of the simplicity of email, and the fact that information comes to you, rather than you having to go to the information.
So although I’ve suggested that an RSS reader is the best way of reading blogs, I know that many users would prefer to continue to make use of email. My latest blog experiment is therefore
testing various RSS to email services.
The first one I’ve started to test is RssFwd. To use this, just go to the RssFwd Web site and enter the URL of the feed you wish to receive (for this blog, this is http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/feed) and your email address. After you have verified your email address, you should receive email message containing new blog postings.
I should point out that this uses a third party service to deliver the email. So there can be no guarantee that this service is sustainable and I don’t know how reliable the service is (how long does it take to deliver messages, for example). However I have subscribed to the service myself and will give a report at a later date.