My Email Client is my RSS Reader

rss2email is a kick-ass RSS solution that I’ve been using for quite awhile now. It works exactly the way it sounds: You provide it a list of feeds, and it mails you hourly when one or more of them get updated. I now have 100+ feeds added to it. Every morning I log in and skim through the 30-40 emails that come straight to my ‘alerts’ folder. Here is what a random day’s email looks like for me:
I hit 10000 mails in this folder last week. Here is what I’ve learnt:

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  • Don’t use this to subscribe for web sites that update frequently. I have direct bookmarks for sites like the Guardian and Metafilter.
  • Pictures/Videos don’t work too great. Obviously, because any decent email client blocks external images.
  • Some good sites have feeds for specific tags in case you don’t want the rest of the content. Not Exactly Rocket Science’s great link round up is a fine example.

I’m always on the lookout for newer feed readers, but this is the one I’ve settled with quite comfortably.