Workflows: handling inbound email on Fastmail with regular expressions (now featuring ChatGPT)
I've been using Fastmail for years now and have explored a number of different approaches to handling mail. I've approached it by creating rules targeting lists of top level domains, I've gone with no rules at all and a heavy-handed approach to unsubscribing from messages (operating under the idea that everything warrants being seen and triaged) and I've even used HEY.
Migrating to Fastmail
So you want to migrate over to Fastmail for your email — here's how you can go about doing so as seamlessly as possible.
Exploring OS X mail clients
I've been using Fastmail for over a year now and have been exploring email clients the entire time I've been a subscriber. Until recently, the best client I've been able to find has been Fastmail's web app itself (whether that's in the browser or in a Fluid instance.
Fastmail in Fluid.app
I've spent the last few months bouncing around OSX mail clients. I went from Mail.app to Airmail, to a Mailmate trial, back to Airmail and then back to Mail.app. Now, however, I've finally settled on a mail client: Fastmail's web interface in a Fluid instance.
Front on email
I can't help but agree. There are a number of great messaging solutions out right now but none are as ubiquitous, reliable or open as email. The chat / messaging space suffers from a lack of all of these attributes — chat is becoming increasingly fragmented as companies battle for dominance and revenue.
Sorting email using aliases and plus addressing in Fastmail
I subscribe to a number of mailing lists and, up until recently, had been using individual server-side rules to sort all incoming messages from those lists in to a specific folder. However, as the number of lists I was subscribed to grew, adding and maintaining individual rules became increasingly tedious.
Leaving Google Apps for Fastmail
I recently began a process of re-evaluating the web services I use, the companies that provide them and an evaluation of where I store important data. I had used Google services extensively with Gmail handling my email, my contacts synced through Google contacts, calendars in Google calendar and documents in a Google Drive (I had used Google Reader extensively but switched to a Fever installation following Reader's demise).