Here is a quick overview of the RSS/E-mail world. There are three ways to integrate the two worlds:
- Web-based e-mail service with RSS integration. Example: Oddpost. I use this service. It has an interface that puts Hotmail and Yahoo mail to shame. They have integrated RSS feeds into the service.
- E-mail client plug-ins. Example: Newsgator. This client software plugs into Outlook. Lots of great features.
- RSS to e-mail gateway services. Example: Blogstreet. This service allows you to subscribe to your RSS feeds through a standard e-mail account. It is e-mail client agnostic and extremely simple to use.
An innovative bit of conceptual client software in this area is Zoe. It puts a Google UI on e-mail. It uses search filters to sort mail for you (so you don't have to spend time putting things into folders, all you need to do is search or use your stored filters). Given the e-mail glut, this is a natural evolution of the e-mail client UI (it won't look much different, but it will seem easier). It can create RSS feeds from filtered e-mail (very cool). [John Robb's Weblog]