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April 5, 2021 27 min
Chris test drives a new kind of email paradigm

Hey.com (http://hey.com/) - from the creators of Basecamp Project Management software

Sidebar - The Basecamp CEO had a very popular TED talk. It is one one of Chris’ favorites EVER: https://www.ted.com/talks/jason_fried_why_work_doesn_t_happen_at_work

*How Hey works*

* The Screener, do you allow this person/address to have their email arrive in your inbox
* The Feed is for your promotional emails, newsletters, and other casual messages.
* The Paper Trail is where your retail purchase invoices, order confirmations, etc. land


Yay! - No Javascript, no analytics, no tracking, no bloat. Very simple.
Hmmm - $100/year after a two-week trial

*Hey World - Personal blog posts for the rest of us*

Write an email to world@hey.com, publishes to your account, e.g. world.hey.com/chrispowell (http://world.hey.com/chrispowell)
Includes a page for others to subscribe to.

How it compares to Wordpress, Squarespace, Medium, and others.
Doomsday scenario - What if Google ends Gmail, or Microsoft ends Outlook/Hotmail/MSN, or monetizes it?
Don’t think it can happen? Remember Google Reader?


Speaking of Wordpress and Squarespace - What if you could create a website, populated by simple files, that is virtually unhackable?

*How Blot.im Works*

Blot is a blogging platform with no interface. It turns a folder into a website. Blot gives you access to tools — blog with your favorite text-editor.
Files and Folders are stored in your Dropbox account or on your Git Repository.
Files like .txt, .md, .png, .jpeg, .gif, ,docx, and .html can become blogposts.
Free themes and more.

Yay! - Immediate publication of your writings and photos, use your own domain, and no plugins or databases to keep updated.
Hmmm - $4/month.
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