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邮件领域还有创新吗?


37 signal 公司最近新开发了一个邮件解决方案 hey.com,这是邮件这个波澜不惊的领域里少有的亮色,看看他们的宣言就知道了,写的非常激动人心:

Hey everyone—

It’s 2020, we need to talk about email.

Email gets a bad rap, but it shouldn’t. Email’s a treasure.

It feels great to get an email from someone you care about. Or a newsletter you enjoy. Or an update from a service you like. That’s how email used to feel all the time.

But things changed.

You started getting stuff you didn’t want from people you didn’t know. You lost control over who could reach you. An avalanche of automated emails cluttered everything up.

And Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and Apple just let it happen.

Now email feels like a chore, rather than a joy. Something you fall behind on. Something you clear out, not cherish. Rather than delight in it, you deal with it.

And yet, email remains a wonder. Thanks to email, people across cultures, continents, countries, cities, and communities communicate every day. It’s reliable. It’s simple. It makes it easy for two humans to share their love, and for millions of people to earn a living.

So good news, the magic’s still there. It’s just obscured — buried under a mess of bad habits and neglect. Some from people, some from machines, a lot from email software.

Email deserves a dust off. A renovation. Modernized for the way we email today.

With HEY, we’ve done just that. It’s a redo, a rethink, a simplified, potent reintroduction of email. A fresh start, the way it should be.

HEY is our love letter to email, and we’re sending it to you on the Web, Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.

目前这个邮件还是邀请制的,需要发邮件申请才有可能获得邀请码。以后的年费是 99 刀。

我自己是付费邮件 Newton 的用户,如果这个产品能吸引我,我想我也会付费。

当一个技术发展成基础设施的时候,创新的机会是不是变少了?恰恰相反,如果这个服务是有生命力的,有用户基础的,创新的机会依然存在,无论是技术层面还是应用层面。就邮箱服务本身来说,更安全更快的协议,跟精准的垃圾邮件过滤规则,更智能的邮箱分类,更有效和有用的 EDM,更方便的使用方式,更好的协作方式等,这些功能依然值得期待。我是一个邮件重度使用者,常常与一些喜爱使用邮件的朋友通过 Gmail 进行会话式的沟通,效率不低,而且容易检索和记录。我提供的服务「卖桃者说」也是基于邮件订阅的。

机会其实一直都有,主要看大小,能不能做成。