Apparently, people love email newsletters. Perhaps it’s because they are clean and free of annoying ads and endless “related” “content.” Or maybe its because everyone secretly still uses their email inbox as a de facto inbox for everything in their online life. If you are one of these newsletter lovers, then you will be super-stoked to hear about Mailbrew, which gathers up the latest posts and news from your favorite time sinks, and converts them into emails.
Mailbrew creates newsletters from forums, social media, RSS
Mailbrew lets you create email newsletters from Reddit, RSS feeds, YouTube channels, Hacker News and Twitter. You can create individual newsletters for these, or put them together into digests, which Mailbrew calls “brews.”
The Mailbrew emails look very customizable, too. You can choose whether to include images, and whether to turn those images into thumbnails. Here’s an example, inside Gmail:
Crossing the streams
I don’t like email newsletters. I subscribe to a few, but I have them turned into an RSS feed so I can view them inside my RSS reader of choice. Mailbrew can do the opposite — take the updates from an RSS feed and turn them into emails. I wonder what would happen if you were to convert a Mailbrew to RSS, and then subscribe to that RSS feed in Mailbrew?
Joking aside, Mailbrew looks like a great service for people who like to get everything in their inbox.
Free and paid versions of Mailbrew
The free version of Mailbrew lets you create three weekly newsletters, from Reddit or an RSS feed only. To get everything else, you must pay $10 per month. If that’s too rich for you, then why not try RSS? All the news comes to you, just like email, only it’s segregated nicely from all the harassment from your boss and the guilt trips from your family. Cult of Mac has a ton of how-tos on RSS feeds and how to use them.