It's even worse than it appears.
Thursday June 18, 2020; 8:46 AM EDT
  • In an email to John Gruber --#
  • John -- A few things bother me about Hey.#
    • They're doing what they say they don't like about Apple. If I want to make a product for their platform, something that does something different with their email, I can't even pay them 30% of revenue. I'm locked out. #
    • Email already means something, and having choice in clients is part of that. So maybe they shouldn't call it email, that might alleviate my concern.#
    • It's another Twitter. Five years from now people will get it. They're in a silo and there's no way out and no one can offer the features they offer without cloning the whole thing, which is kind of pointless, because the people you want to reach are still over there.#
    • This will definitely be a blog post. ;-)#
  • Also is there a non-hyped list of new features that aren't present in email? Not a marketing list.#
  • Dave#
  • PS: It's okay as far as I'm concerned to invent a new email protocol, and even have it be closed, but if others can't implement it, then we should know that.#
  • PPS: I did create a new Hey account, I'm davew. I like it, but hey what I actually want a really simple scripting interface so I could write my own rules without having to try to figure out how the user interfaces for rules work in Gmail or Hey or Ha or Hmm or Heh or Who or Whatever. Silly thing is I had exactly that a long time ago with Eudora and Frontier and it worked exactly as well as you would think. I did all kinds of interesting web content apps with it. Email is a nice interface for web work. I bet you didn't know that. 💥#

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