Email for much of the life of the web has been its killer application, it has survived the commercialisation of the ARPAnet, bulletin boards, forums (or should that be fora?) and push technologies to name but a few of the events going out there. At the moment I am told that email is dying as Facebook swallows the web, but I feel that this too may pass eventually.
With this in mind I thought I would make a note here of email e-zines (how every cyber), newsletters and groups that I still value immensely:
- Interesting People – Occasionally people who really get something coalesce and form a group. Up until the late 20th century this may have been called a salon or a ‘scene’ where like minded people gathered to talk about art, architecture and philosophy. It happens in the same way with conferences, unconferences, online communities and email groups. Like The WELL community, the Interesting People email list curated by computer science professor David Farber is an active vocal and smart group of the digerati discussing issues related to the interface between technology and the real-world
- Something For The Weekend – Advertising agency Mother put together a great set of five insights | vignettes each Friday which provides great food for blog thought and is handy from a campaign planning point of view
- Good Morning Silicon Valley – is a summary of what is happening in the Bay Area with an insider tone-of-voice by columnists from the San Jose Mercury News – the paper of record for the Silicon Valley technology sector. It has been around as an email newsletter since at least the late 1990s, pre-dating AllthingsD, Valleywag and VentureBeat. Today the email newsletter carries some slightly different content to the blog posts
- Skrufff – is a weekly email e-zine that follows the tradition of fanzines like Boy’s Own and brought it into the web age. It covers music, fashion and news with an editorial vantage point seen from the rave scene and a wealth of guest contributors. It recently passed the 500-issue mark
- Kibbles & Bytes and TechTails – Vermont-based Apple reseller Small Dog Electronics provides a couple of great newletters for Mac users. Kibbles & Bytes has Apple-centric user tips in it and TechTails is more technically orientated written by their service technicians. Between the two of them they provide a valuable service for the Apple eco-system