As time goes on I become increasingly frustrated by email. There are simply too many downsides to traditional e-mail for me to continue its use long-term. There currently exists a superior alternative. All that’s left is for individuals to start boycotting e-mail and make the switch. Unfortunately, as we’re all heavily vested in e-mail, it’s going to take some pioneers.
In an attempt to incentivize Daily Anarchist readers to make the switch I have replaced the ability to subscribe to new articles via e-mail with the option to subscribe to our Bitmessage broadcast.
One of the things that bothers me about email subscriptions is the lack of built-in anonymity. When a person subscribes to Daily Anarchist via email, not only do I, Seth King, possess the subscriber’s email address, but so do Google and the NSA.
Contrast the email subscription process with Bitmessage’s broadcast subscriptions. Instead of having to give personal information to a site owner, including third or fourth parties, the broadcast subscriber gives zero personal information. Receiving Daily Anarchist broadcasts is as anonymous as tuning one’s radio. The broadcasts are simply public, being sent to anyone and everyone. It is implausable to know who is paying any attention to a broadcast.
That level of anonymity is great for subscribers. But as a content provider Bitmessage’s broadcast will save me money. You see, sending thousands of emails every month to subscribers is costly. The more emails I send the more expensive the plan I must pay for with my web hosting company. The reason for this is simple: administering email requires manpower. Skilled email administrators must constantly defend against attacks, keep track of logs, prevent spam and other abuse, and sometimes come under heat from federal regulators. None of this is the case with Bitmessage. The decentralized nature of Bitmessage is cost effective, private, and secure.
To be clear, old email subscribers to Daily Anarchist will still receive email updates for new blog posts. But I cannot guarantee for how long. Also, unfortunately there is no easy method at the moment to integrate Bitmessage into blog post comment subscriptions, so email will remain for that as well. However, I suspect it will only be a matter of time before a solution for that exists.