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Monday, July 18, 2005

convert email to RSS: why and how

1) It would be nice to consolidate information feeds from mailing lists to RSS feeds
2) Information search sites often supply email alerts for queries but not RSS yet
3) Convert comments on blogs posts to RSS so anyone can subscribe to the comments posted
update: it looks like Blogger does not accept an email address to blogger.com so this doesn't work (at least for Blogger accounts)

1) set up a Blogger account
2) under settings/email/mail-to-blogger create a new email address
3) send your email lists or email alerts to this new email address
4) subscribe to the atom feed automatically provided by Blogger for any blogs. For readers like Bloglines that are good at autodetecting feed sources just pasting the blog url is sufficient to add that feed
Here are some variations:
5) Create a Feedburner account that will convert the Blogger Atom feed into RSS and will provide stats of how many subscribers you have to your new feed
6) under settings/email/ in blogger put the same email you did for mail-to-blogger in "blog send address". This will basically post new comments back as new posts in the same blog. This is good because it prevents you to have to create a new Blogger account but you will have to monitor more closely what kind of posts are getting submitted and delete if necessary.

Sorry for the cryptic instructions - running out of time to post.... Contact me for clarification if needed.


  • Thank you for that great proposal. I crawled the web for hours for finally finding this easy to implement solution.

    Thank you very much!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM  

  • Excellent!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:44 PM  

  • Here is service which is designed for making rss feed from emails http://emails2rss.appspot.com

    By Anonymous Volodymyr Shtenovych, at 11:02 AM  

  • Thanks, i hope this will work.
    I'm trying to add e-mail to my forum.

    Check out my page.


    By Blogger Ryan Clearwater, at 3:50 AM  

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