Fetch: “Fetch” Article Content Instead of Link Via Email Automatically

Just send a link to “fetch” and get the article posted in your mailbox!

Ever found an article online that looks interesting to read, but you didn’t have time to read it at that moment. Well I did, and I’m sure that a lot of people have met the same problem.

Some people tend to mail the link of the article that they’ve encountered to themselves. This way they are able to keep on doing what they are supposed to do. When they have time they just open the mail and open the link to read the article. They still have to open the link in the mail.

There’s another way to read the article by using your mailbox, but this way doesn’t involve opening the link again. Andy Jiang developed a web app that is able to receive email with article links and reply with the content of the article.

How does this work:

  1. Copy the link of the article.
  2. Prepare a mail to yourself and put the link in the body of the mail.
  3. Enter “fetch@to.andyjiang.com” in the CC field.
  4. Click send.

After following these steps, you’ll find two mails in your mailbox. One will be the one that you’ve send to yourself and the second will be the reply of the “fetch” web app.

Pro Tip: Add a mail filter which sends mails from yourself with a given subject to the junk folder. For example: Every mail that you’ve sent with the subject: “fetch” will then be added to junk mail. This way you won’t have two mails but only the one that is sent by the web app.

Pro Tip 2: Make sure that you’ve whitelisted “fetch@to.andyjiang.com” to make sure that your mails won’t be deleted or sent to the junk folder.


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