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Google Area 120’s Museletter Turns Docs into Newsletters

Posted on the 15 September 2021 by Thiruvenkatam Chinnagounder @tipsclear

In the media landscape, newsletters are currently very popular among journalists and other writers that want a direct audience, as well as business. Most are using Substack, with Google's Area 120 experimenting on a very interesting tool called Museletter that leverages Docs/Drive for distribution.

Area 120 is Google's internal incubator and it recently unveiled Museletter. After creating a "public profile" at museletter.area120.google.com/[name], you can "publish any Drive file, as a blog or newsletter" to that homepage, or directly to an email list.

Just open Museletter, choose a Drive file, and publish. It's that easy.

Writers will have the option to make any Doc, Sheet, or Slide available for free or paid, e.g. $5 per month.

You control how you share your work. With private sharing, you can directly email your content or grant exclusive access to subscribers.

Museletter offers community features and engagement analytics to "grow your audience." You can request early access to the tool now, and it will be available "within the coming months." The base product is free, but Google will be offering "premium" features, like custom domains and welcome emails.

People often compile elaborate spreadsheets and share via Google Sheets. This offers a free repository of your work, as well as an easy way to monetize. Example use cases/users touted by Google include:

  • Jenna is a marketing specialist. She creates and shares Google Slides that explain different marketing techniques. To monetize her Slides, she offers a paid subscription plan to her content.
  • Jojo is a world traveler. After her recent trip, she drops her photos, along with narration, in a Google Doc. She publishes the doc, as a blog, to her email list.
  • Tyson is a financial advisor. He creates Google Sheets, which show how to save for retirement. He publishes the content to his public profile.

Google's Area 120 structure sees popular products integrated into existing services. Unpopular projects are often deprecated entirely.

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