Sunday, November 26, 2006

Testing blog post and comment notification via email using Google grooup

There have been question about how to get post and/or comment via email. For email notification for new post to blog owner, this can be done via the template, but this will apply only to the blog owner, not other team members. The method outlined in this post will be useful for team blogs with many team members. I have written a post on that using Yahoo group with which I am very familiar. The post is here: How to get comment and post notification via email (close new window to get back to this page). I am not so familiar with Google group, and since I haven't tested such method with a beta blog, I thought this will be a good time to test it. I have set up a beta blog Good Health Information for the purpose of testing and also for the purpose of publishing articles on health. I have also set up the Google group http://groups.google.com/ghis (ghis is short for Group Health Information Subscription). The reason for the 4 alphabets will be given later. The way to post to the group is thus to send an email to ghis@googlegroups.com. I have then gone into the Dashboard of the Good Health Information blog, click on the SETTINGS > EMAIL tabs and and set the BlogSend address as ghis@googlegroups.com
Blogger beta BlogSend address
(Blogger wouldn't accept email address with only 3 alphabets like ghi, also email address with too many alphabets. That is the reason for setting up the Google group as above, and not with a long name). I have similarly click on the SETTINGS > COMMENTS tabs and set the "Comment notification address to ghis@googlegroups.com:
Blogger Beta comments notification address
Now, whenever anyone publish a post to that group or comment on a post, that will be posted on the Google ghis group, and anyone joining that group and have elected to receive posts by email will get a notification whenever a post or comment is made to the Good Health Information group.

I have tested it and it works OK, after correcting some mistakes.

Try it. Join the Google ghis group (close new window to get back to this page), elect to receive post by email, then make a comment on the Good Health Information (close new window to get back to this page) blog, and check your email. The comment should be in your Inbox.

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Mark said...

But I want to send a comment to a blog via email. Can I do that? Send an email that becomes a comment? (I don't care whether it's anonymous or not.)

Peter said...

Hi Mark,

To the best of my knowledge, that is not possible, but as they say, nothing is impossible, only thing is, I don't know how (but at the moment, highly unlikely).

Peter

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