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Sending email to subscribers

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Update 8:40AM. I got hMailServer to work on one of my Windows servers. I had tried it before but couldn't get it to work. Seems perhaps as if the problem is solved. Permalink to this paragraph

I was over at Fred Wilson's blog and saw something interesting I hadn't thought of as an alternative to managing an email server. For background see yesterday's postPermalink to this paragraph

Right now we're using Google Groups to send email to people who want to subscribe, but even that depends on us having a working mail server for us to send mail to from a script. Permalink to this paragraph

This is basically the only function I need a mail server for, so I was wondering if there's a web service somewhere I could use for this function? Fred uses FeedBlitz. I'm going to check it out, but I'm not sure if it'd work for me. They make users get an account. That sounds like too much of a committment.  Permalink to this paragraph

Do any of you have any recommendations? Barring that, does anyone have a mail server I could use? I know that sounds pathetic, but I'm so fed up with mail servers. It used to be so easy, but then the spammers ruined it. Permalink to this paragraph


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