Even though it’s a little OT, I thought I’d announce the free public
beta of a new Rails app that I’ve been working on for a while:
Think of it as mini-mailing list software. For a lot of smallish
conversations, normal mailing list are too heavyweight (requiring
setup, moderation, admin, etc.), but group email is a pain because
messages fly everywhere, people miss out on some, other people don’t
want them but keep getting them…
The description of how to start a new 9cays conversation from the web
First of all, you need to sign up to 9cays if you haven’t already.
Then just email the people you’d like to include in the
conversation, and add the email address email@example.com in either the
To or Cc field.
9cays will create a new email address for the conversation, and set
up a web page to hold all the messages. We’ll then email you with
the conversation details, and send an invitation to each of the
You can invite more people just by Cc-ing them in on any email to the
conversation’s address, and there’s a link in the bottom of every
email that lets you leave the conversation whenever you want.
It’s still a little rough around the edges, but I’d love to hear any
comments from anyone who wants to give it a try.
One thing worthy of note: there’s an obvious comparison to be made
with CampFire. You could say that 9cays is for email what CampFire is
for instant messaging. The interfaces even look remarkably similar.
(For those who are wondering, we started work on 9cays about six
months ago, and I hadn’t seen CampFire until a few days ago, so it is
just a case of converging design for similar apps, and 37signals
ideas generally influencing our design.) I’d like to think that
CampFire and 9cays will compliment each other quite well.
And finally I’d like to say a big thanks to 37signals, DHH, and the
Rails community in general. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed
developing apps this much.