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You Subscribe RSS feed reader allows upload of e-mail to blog
Posted on 1-Mar-2005 21:33 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Blog.

As I read the press releases now, looking for something interesting to post here on Geekzone, I came across a RSS reader plug-in for Microsoft Outlook called You Subscribe: RSS. Nothing new here (there are tools already integrating RSS into Outlook, like NewsGator and intraVnews).

There's one feature that caught my attention: "Download feeds even when Outlook is closed or offline". That's nice. No need to start Outlook, and with an integrated Internet Explorer toolbar plug-in it is possible to see new feed healines in a pull-down menu, directly from the browser. It will also show a RSS icon on the tool when it finds a RSS link on any page - so you can subscribe to the feed directly from Internet Explorer. Very handy.

However, there is a new feature in this versions that can be dangerous: "Turn emails into blog content with a click. Easily post email content to a blog from Outlook.".

How dangerous is this? We all know that e-mails are not more private than a postcard, since every e-mail is stored and forwarded from server to server until it reaches its destination. And there's no encryption or "envelope" protecting its contents.

However,You Subscribe offers a feature that can make publishing what you think is a private conversation a public matter. What if someone clicks the Publish button by accident? Ok, I haven't tried this feature because I don't use a compatible blog software, so I'll give it the benefit of doubt and believe it will warn the user before uploading a message. But it is scary...

Otherwise, it is free (at least on this preview version) and requires no registration. And seems to have the features we expected, and some more. It also gives the user the power to search for new feeds by using weblog search engines (like Feedster) and others. And it supports podcasts.

Of course, if you try it, you should remember to add our RSS feed to your subscriptions.

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