Mail from Aggregator
Dave Winer has introduced a new feature for UserLand Radio: Mail-From-Aggregator Effectively what this new feature does is allow people to have Radio email their RSS feeds to them so they can read them in their email client. The reason this even makes sense is because the structure of RSS news entries and email are fundamentally similar. They have a subject, a date, and some content. But what if you could take it a step further though? Wouldn't it be easier to just have the news aggregator incorporated into your email client? Merge the notions of 'get new mail' and 'get new news' into a single application that already has the read-offline paradigm build in. This would avoid the hassle of having to configure the news aggregator to retrieve the RSS feed once, parse it, repackage it and then send it back onto the network to be retrieved by email. Wouldn't it rock if there was an imminent release of just such a product? But there is! Diego Doval's spaces is exactly that product and it can do all I mentioned above and a whole lot more. With the release of Spaces just around the corner, I'm sure it is reassuring for Diego to see UserLand adding a feature to their product that mimics in a slightly less efficient way what his product will do so well.