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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: mivlad
2006-09-06 08:08 am (UTC)

Thanks for the great feature!

It would be even better if notification emails for comments had meaningful Message-Id and In-Reply-To headers.
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[User Picture]From: trempnvt
2006-09-06 08:27 am (UTC)
I am a big fan of the comment thread notifications.
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[User Picture]From: ex_nature304
2006-09-06 08:48 am (UTC)
sweet, thanks.
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[User Picture]From: ex_nature304
2006-09-06 08:53 am (UTC)
but please also add a feature that let's us know when someone de-friends us too
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[User Picture]From: glowing_dragon
2006-09-06 10:04 am (UTC)
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From: rid_of_her
2006-09-06 09:05 am (UTC)
I'm not going to say anything about "stalking" or "public/locked posts" at all. I just think we should be able to turn it on and off... as a Preferences thing. Obviously, people are going to like this feature. Obviously, people are not going to like this feature as well. I just think we should get a choice. That way everyone will be happy and no one will bitch.
If this is not possible, then yeah... a tracking feature on who is tracking you would be pretty neat. They just want to know what people write and those people just want to know what they read.
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[User Picture]From: troworld
2006-09-06 05:59 pm (UTC)
People will always bitch.

If this can be turned off it will probably decrease the usability of this new system and give a false sense of security to those who think that disabling it makes their public entries more secure and their public information more private.
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[User Picture]From: alexthedevil
2006-09-06 09:24 am (UTC)
I don't know if it's me being stupid, but I'll post this anyway.

I read a post which had a few comments on, and I was interested in seeing if there would be any further comments to the post, so I tracked the post. Except when I looked a bit later, it showed the new comments - all fine - but also the comments that were there before I tracked the post. Is this meant to be happening?
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-06 09:27 am (UTC)
How long before you started tracking the post? About an hour or two?

I *think* what happened is:
-- these people left comments
-- the comments got "stuck" in the queue until they were processed (we were having some delays earlier today, so some notifications didn't get processed for an hour or two)
-- you subscribed *after* the comments were left, but before the notifications were processed
-- when the notification is processed, it sees you have a subscription, and it notifies you.

So I think it's a one-time flake, since we shouldn't be seeing delays usually. (You won't get retroactive notifications otherwise, no.)
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[User Picture]From: c_eagle
2006-09-06 09:35 am (UTC)
It doth be awesome, verily!
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[User Picture]From: spuzz
2006-09-07 12:04 am (UTC)



...I swear I'm not stalking! Just reading all the comments. ::shifty eyes::
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[User Picture]From: yamapea
2006-09-06 10:12 am (UTC)
I love this!

Also, I for one am grateful that there isn't a defriending notification option. I would also like to second the requests for birthday notifications if they can be made available!

Thank you for letting the permanent users try this out first -- it's nice to get something special every now and again for that. <3<3
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[User Picture]From: fionaa
2006-09-06 10:44 am (UTC)
thank you! you rock.
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[User Picture]From: dreams_of_him
2006-09-06 10:57 am (UTC)
I am all for new features. However, I think it would be wise to offer us the ability to turn off this feature if we choose.
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[User Picture]From: naath
2006-09-06 11:23 am (UTC)
Neat. I've wanted something like this for yonks because my flist is too long for me to go back and check comments on yesterdays stuff.

Thank you LJ!
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[User Picture]From: stepliana
2006-09-06 11:35 am (UTC)
this is great in some ways, but i also feel like it could be a HUGE breach of privacy.
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From: ex_shattered767
2006-09-06 01:34 pm (UTC)
Pretty much everything that's available for tracking could be "manually" tracked without the feature.

Yes, it could seem creepy (emails to find out someone uploaded a new icon?), but as it's all stuff that can be seen and watched anyhow, I don't understand how it's a breach of privacy. Care to elaborate?
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[User Picture]From: the_dibbler
2006-09-06 02:09 pm (UTC)
SO, I like to swap out icons constantly, all 134 of them. At once. Does this mean people will get 134 emails if they are tracking me?

What if I should choose to do this several times a day for say a week, just to spam people's inboxes?

My point is, is there some wayto stem such abuse or is this a fun way to ensure people will not be tracking me if I constantly flood their email with craptastic notifications?
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[User Picture]From: defaultcrush
2006-09-06 02:26 pm (UTC)
At this point, I don't think you can see if anyone is tracking your usericons, so you wouldn't be able to tell that anyone is even there to spam. Besides, if someone did track your icons and you did things like that maliciously, the person could go and untrack your usericons and not get your emails anymore.
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[User Picture]From: crunknwj
2006-09-06 02:36 pm (UTC)
so facebook adds a newsfeed thingy and everyone can see what i'm doing every time i update, even if they aren't friends with me.

and now people here can see every time i comment on something or if i change userpics? i'm all about having notifications of comments, but do it like greatestjournal where all it is is a little note at the top that says "you have blah comments" and you read them. i don't need people over here knowing my every move.

that's what facebook is there for aparently.

no thanks LJ. i don't want this.
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[User Picture]From: troworld
2006-09-06 05:38 pm (UTC)
You got it wrong. Facebook's feeds don't let people see your private information unless you explicitly allowed it (in your privacy settings). Guess what? It's the same thing with LJ. It doesn't let people who are not on your friends list subscribe to your friends-only posts or anything like that.
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