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LiveJournal's new notifications system [Sep. 5th, 2006|03:02 pm]
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Today we launched LiveJournal's new notifications system to Paid members.  The notifications system will soon be launching to all LJ users, but we wanted to give Paid account holders a chance to use it early.  (Permanent account holders already have been using it in a sneak preview, so you can hit them up for pointers!)

With the new system, you can set up notifications for all types of things including when someone adds you as a friend.  Go to the Manage Settings page to set your preferences.  Also look for the icon in profile pages and journals to track updates and changes.  Just check in to your Message Center to keep up to date on the LJ activity that's most important to you.

Paid and Permanent account holders have the most subscriptions available and also have the extra options to get notified when a user uploads a new userpic and when users add new comments to individual comment threads.  We'll also be expanding the types of subscriptions that are available only to Paid users over the coming months.  Visit the FAQ to find out the different limits and options for each account level.

Please feel free to spread the word to other Paid account holders you know.  The engineers are still working out bugs in this complex system, but if you find something you think we should know about please leave your feedback on this post in lj_releases.
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[User Picture]From: f4l
2006-09-05 10:24 pm (UTC)
Looks good! :D
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[User Picture]From: kinenbi
2006-09-05 10:24 pm (UTC)
Sweet, now I can track drama more easily!

LOL
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[User Picture]From: d_floorlandmine
2006-09-05 10:47 pm (UTC)
There's drama on LJ? Where? [grin]
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[User Picture]From: dawna
2006-09-05 10:24 pm (UTC)
best feature to happen in a loooong time! thanks LJ :D
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[User Picture]From: softpaw
2006-09-05 10:25 pm (UTC)
How is getting a notification about someone leaving a comment in your lj any different then getting comments mailed to you?
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-05 10:28 pm (UTC)
Right now some of the functionality is duplicated, but eventually we're going to merge the two together -- that way, you can manage all your email settings all on one page. (This won't happen for a while, though. Not until we're 100% sure that this works well and we make sure we haven't inadvertently broken anything. *g*)
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[User Picture]From: lafemmezilla
2006-09-05 10:27 pm (UTC)
mostly cool. :)

is this why i'm getting double notification replies on some comments though? it started happening this weekend.

and, thirding the birthday notifications!
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-05 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yep! See http://community.livejournal.com/lj_releases/6366.html for a list of known issues -- duplicate notifications is one of them. (We erred on the side of duplicate notifications, instead of accidentally not sending any notifications at all! It'll take us a little while to iron out the kinks :)
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[User Picture]From: stellar_dust
2006-09-05 10:29 pm (UTC)
Very, very cool! I think I'm going to love this.

.. any chance of getting notifications when someone votes in a poll?
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-05 10:31 pm (UTC)
It's been suggested, but I don't know when it'll happen -- but man, I want that too! I'll see about getting it added to the list of things we want to do at some point. :)
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[User Picture]From: rusalchka
2006-09-05 10:29 pm (UTC)
LiveJournal, have I ever told you that I love you?

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[User Picture]From: rebelsheart
2006-09-05 11:49 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2006-09-05 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh god, your icon lol.

And this seems like a nifty feature. => I'm glad to hear you've thought of the security issue on notifications.
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[User Picture]From: rizzo
2006-09-05 10:32 pm (UTC)
This is the kind of exciting that makes you want to tinkle. :D
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
You win the BEST COMMENT EVER award. :D
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[User Picture]From: psychme
2006-09-05 10:32 pm (UTC)
I read above that you'll add a functionality whereby we can change the images used for it, in customized layouts. Thanks. That will be a welcome change. Will you be posting an announcement here when that feature is available, together with the necessary code?

Also, I'm looking at my own journal and am not seeing the track button in individual entries (but they're there in every comment). I have the setting enabled whereby I'll receive notifications for all entries, so is that why the track button is not showing up? Or is it not showing up because of my customized layout? Just checking.

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-05 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'll announce here, yeah. I'm not sure why it's not showing up in your layout -- I took a quick 5-second look over your customizations and nothing's popping up at me -- but it's likely due to your customized layout. It looks like your "function Entry::print_linkbar()" code isn't displaying the track links, which is why you're not seeing them. I can't help you fix this code (I'm *so* not the right person to ask *g*) but maybe there's someone you know who can?
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[User Picture]From: veroz
2006-09-05 10:33 pm (UTC)
I am being notified when: Someone comments on "LiveJournal's new notifications system" in paidmembers

Awesome-sauce.
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[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2006-09-05 11:40 pm (UTC)
Count the tinkling people, Andy! :-D
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[User Picture]From: schnee
2006-09-05 10:33 pm (UTC)
Cool. :) BTW, out of curiosity, is the limit on the number of events you can subscribe to 1000 for permanent members as well (just like for paid users), or is it even higher in that case?
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
Right now, it's 1000 for paid and permanent, yeah.
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[User Picture]From: velma
2006-09-05 10:36 pm (UTC)
AWESOME. I've been waiting for something like this.
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[User Picture]From: forthwritten
2006-09-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
In response to the concerns about stalking, would it be possible to implement something where it tells you if a non-friend is tracking X of your things? I mean, it's understandable that a non-friend might track a busy, interesting public post, but it gets a bit creepy when someone's tracking more than that.
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[User Picture]From: evilsimon
2006-09-05 10:42 pm (UTC)
LJToys is free and will do that for you, for now.
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[User Picture]From: elizaria
2006-09-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
yay!
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