Forward Email To RSS
We have shown you yesterday how you can forward RSS news to Email. Today it is the other way round by reviewing the service MailOnFeed which creates RSS news feeds from emails that you receive to one of your accounts.
The basic principle of the service is straightforward. You add one or multiple email accounts that support IMAP to the Mail On Feed profile to turn them into news feeds that you can then access using RSS readers.
You can subscribe to the email news feed in any news reader, for instance Opera Mail, Thunderbird, or any of the online-only readers. All incoming mail is displayed here so that you can read the mails in the feed reader.
Why would someone want to do that? The only practical issue that comes to mind is to publish the news feed on a website so that multiple users would have access to the email. It could also be interesting in situations where multiple users need read access to email accounts but that's configurable in mail clients as well.
There is not really a reason to use this service independently, at least none that we could think of while reviewing it. Many users will (rightfully) dislike the fact that they have to supply the authentication information of their email account on the website to enable the service. Another aspect is that the latest news entry on the company's blog dates back to last year. The project feels abandoned.
Can you think of another reason why someone would want to forward email to RSS?
Update: The original service that we reviewed here is no longer available.We have found an alternative that you can make use of instead. Emails 2 RSS is a free service that you can make use of to forward emails to an RSS feed that you can subscribe to. The author explains how to configure the application with Gmail in detail, but it should work with all services supporting forwarding.
The way it works is very simple - service provides a generated email address(es) for you. All incoming emails received by the particular address goes to correspond RSS feed.
Usage is pretty straightforward - you setup forwarding rules on your email service that catch emails based on some criteria forward them to the email address given by the service and delete/archive the email. And then you subscribe to the given RSS feed address with your favorite RSS Reader.