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world@hey.com launches and it can edit posts, which sounds clunky

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Been following the Hey! email to blog post service for a couple of weeks, and it’s now live (a really impressive example of developing an embryonic idea into a product quickly – take note fellow app/service developers). It even lets you edit existing posts, which is something you need on a publication platform, but looks… clunky.

Can you edit your posts? Yep. Creating a new post is exactly like sending an email to the magic world@hey.com address, but once sent/posted, Hey treats such messages differently from regular emails. You can see all your Hey World posts in a list by themselves, accessed from a new item in the main Hey menu, and if you open a post, you can edit it. Hey World Blogging Goes Live

Hmmm. That doesn’t sound as easy as a web based editing system. Or maybe it sounds like recreating a web based system in your email app.

Like I’ve already noted: This is the wrong way round – email can provide an in-my-opinion pretty poor means of subscribing to content (just use RSS!), but it doesn’t really make sense as a means of publishing that content. Email isn’t that good at publishing emails. Which I think is one of the reasons Hey exists.

I’d really love to see what the creators of Basecamp would do with a simple, paid-for blogging service. Compare the idea of that with Medium’s grotty money-making model, or WordPress’s complex editing.

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John

I don’t really agree with what you are saying - I find sending an e-mail a really easy way of publishing something. The published article shows up immediately in your hey app and it is a simple matter to edit and save/re-publish any changes.

Of course, you don’t have to write the article in the hey app - you can write it in any text editor with Markdown capabilities.