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Schedule Emails - by email!

 posted by Lenny on Tue Oct 2, 2007 at 11:51 PM 

You can use LetterMeLater without even having to visit this website!

Here are the steps:
  1. Create an email that you would like to be delivered at a later date (or dates) like you normally would.   It can even be reply or a forward.
  2. Address the email to
  3. Put the recipients, and time to send at the top of the message.   (This text will be removed from the email)
    Here is what you need to include:

        to: recipient(s)
        cc: recipient(s)
        bcc: recipient(s)
        when: date(s) to send - semicolon delimited for recurring emails
        options: any of these options: reminder, hidden, html

    *(only to: and when: are required)

  4. You will immediately receive a response, indicating whether is was done successfully or not.   If it was, you will be able to see the email in your LetterMeLater account.

For example:

And the response:

Extra Info:

  1. The date format is flexible!   You can either enter a time relative to the current time, or an absolute time.
    A complete description of valid dates is listed under the GNU format.
    Some valid dates are listed here:
    • now
    • next friday
    • next year
    • 2pm
    • tomorrow 4:02 am
    • 4 hours
    • 45 minutes
    • Sunday January 1, 2012 at 6:00 AM
  2. Recipients can either be email addresses, or groups names. Each entry must be separated by a comma(,) or a semi-colon(;).
    Also you can put multiple entries on separate lines, for example:
    to: guy1@asdf.net
    to: guy2@asdf.net

    You will need to do it this way if your email client has word-wrap, and your lines are long enough to get wrapped.
  3. Creating groups will greatly simplify addressing emails.   For example you can even create a group called 'me', with your email address as the only contact in that group. Then when sending yourself a reminder, all you need to write is: to: me
  4. If your email program won't allow you to edit the HTML source of your emails, you can do it here!   If you send an email in plain text with html code in it, use the option: html and your email will be delivered as html to your recipients.   Otherwise the format of your emails will be automatically detected, and therefore the format does not need to be specified.
  5. Email messages are not always instantaneous!   It usually takes only seconds, but could take minutes or even hours.   Be patient.


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