Email is as old as the internet itself. Invented in 1971, people still religiously use emails to communicate with each other. As the web grew up both in terms of volume and maturity, people have switched to Instant Messengers, online forums, and more recently mobile applications like Whatsapp or Telegram. But the good old email is still very much in use. There are even statistics (pdf) that reveal the average daily number of emails sent is more than 250 billion. You can find crazier statistics on LifeWire.
Although we use websites more often, no one can deny the important part that emails play in communication. Startups can have snazzy websites or great-looking mobile app, but they have not ignored emails. Which is why there are several web-applications that offer email integration. Here I will give you a hand-picked list of web-applications that offer easy email integration so that you can use it right from your inbox.
Pocket is a popular website that lets you save important ideas and links. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline. Pocket offers Android and iOS apps. But they have an email integration in place, too.
How: Send links in the body. If you send more than one link in the mail, Pocket will save only the first one.
Although Dropbox does have a feature that lets you “send files” via email, it is only one-way and it just shares a link to the file. However, Send to Dropbox fills in the gap.
How: First log in to sendtodropbox with your Dropbox account. It will give you a unique email id. Next, send files to this new email address and files will show up in Dropbox’s Apps > Attachments directory.
3. Postie (WordPress plugin)
WordPress by itself does not allow creating posts by email. But Postie, as a WordPress plugin, adds this functionality to self-hosted WordPress blogs. It is a feature-rich plugin that not only lets you create WordPress posts just by sending an email, but also makes it easier to add categories and tags to the post — all via email.
How: You can simply send an email to the configured email address — plain or HTML both works. A beginner’s guide is available here.
How: Add this recipe to your IFTTT account and then start sending emails to email@example.com. Hashtags in subject line and tweet content in email body.
Slack has an email integration that allows you to send emails to directly post to a specific channel. This is helpful when you need to post information from emails. You can just forward the email, and this integration will post directly to the channel. You can also post contact form to data to show up on your companies channel.
Address: unique for each channel
How: Install this app and slack will generate a unique email address for you. Start sending emails to this address to post to channel.
Address: unique for each board.
How: The official documentation explains the process in detail.
Earlier Tumblr, Facebook were many other platforms that used to let users interact with their sites via email. But more recently, due to attacks perhaps, they have disabled this features. Popular community platform Disqus lets moderators delete and reply to comments directly via email.