Resource Guide: Email

Email is in many ways akin to the internet's plumbing: it is a fundamental technology that has become ubiquitous yet it is never considered exciting, amazing, or new (at-least not anytime in the last decade). It fills a basic need in human culture: communicating with friends, colleagues, and even strangers, and even as other services have developed (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, WhatsApp) it is still used to connect people.

I personally find email fascinating as a tool and also as a cultural phenomena.  Email is used to share ideas and is essentially free (there are are many good offerings for ad-supported email making the entry cost minimal), which has democratized information sharing, and yet there is also a dark side to email too. There is no cost so inboxes are filled with spam, updates, and advertisements, while security is always balanced with convenience. 

This page is a repository for information on email including articles on usage strategies, email program, and email service descriptions. If you have a service or article you'd like to add to the site please let me know at george at georgdpr dot com.

Articles About Email:

Email Service(s):
  • Gmail ( Mail service (plus calendar, contacts, video chat, documents) from search company Gmail.  The service is ad supported through textual based ads.
  • Fastmail ( Paid email service with no ads.
  • Hushmail ( Paid email service that offers no ads and email encryption (though it appears the company can access your email if required by law). 
  • iCloud ( Mail service (plus calendar, contacts, documents) from hardware company Apple. The service is free with no ads. 
  • Yahoo Mail ( Mail service from web-portal/search company Yahoo.  The service is ad supported through banner, and text based ads.
  • Zoho Mail ( Mail service from Zoho, an online services company, which offers a full suite of online products such as an invoicing, and CRM service. The lowest tiered service is free and offers free mailbox hosting for your domain.

  • Airmail: A lightweight desktop email client that integrates well with Gmail (though can be used with other providers too. It is available on Mac OS X via the Mac App Store for $1.99.
  • Apple Mail: The standard email client for Max OS X it comes included with the operating system. It includes integration with Contacts, and Calendar, which also come standard on Mac OS X.
  • Mailbox: Client for iOS, Android, and Mac that combines productivity tools with email. 
  • Outlook: The mail client included in the Microsoft Office productivity suite. It the is standard in the enterprise world.
  • Thunderbird: A customizable free mail client from the same folks that brought us Firefox.
  • Postbox: A mac mail client built with integration other third-party services like Dropbox and Evernote. Available via their website for $9.95.

Application Plug-ins:

  • Cargo Lifter (Apple Mail): Stop sending attachments via email. This plug-in automatically uploads documents to the cloud and then sends embeds a link to the document in the email. It works with Dropbox, Google Drive, You Send It and other services.
  • Mail Tags (Apple Mail): Adds tagging options to Apple Mail such as Gmail labels or finder tags.

Email Add-on Services(s):
  • Boomerang: This service provides email reminders and allows users to have the email at a later time or date.
  • Re-bump: This service atomically resends as email if they have not heard back. The service is available Gmail.
  • Pluto: This services allows users to unsend, and edit their email after it has been sent (though unread by the recipient. The service is available many different email platforms. 
  • Signals: This service lets you know when know when you emails are open, and provides hooks into other services (Hubspot) for metrics, and CRM templates.
  • Unroll: This services allows you to unsubscribe to list serves, eliminate SPAM, and also combine multiple subscriptions into a single email. 
  • Inbox: This company provides a framework for developers to build email applications.