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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.

[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: burr86
2006-09-05 10:43 pm (UTC)
*nod* I'll bring that up! (Of course, now I have visions of this giant red marquee across your journal when you log in: "STALKER ALERT STALKER ALERT" and with warning sirens and everything. *g*)
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[User Picture]From: forthwritten
2006-09-05 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I have visions of someone who, upon filling out ninety-million notification requests for the object of their stalking, gets a message saying "mate, this is a bit much, stop being a stalker." Then there's the warning klaxons and giant red marguee :D
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-05 10:52 pm (UTC)
"Are you sure you don't want to, like, go outside or something?"
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[User Picture]From: forthwritten
2006-09-05 10:57 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it could offer a list of parks or cinemas or things to do based on location. Or possibly counselling services ;)
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[User Picture]From: livredor
2006-09-06 08:19 pm (UTC)
Ugh, please no. It would really harm the usefulness of the feature and cause, not save, drama. OK, it would still be somewhat useful, but it's much more useful if tracking is anonymous. Numbers, I wouldn't mind. Eg if I could see "3 people are tracking this post" or even "2 friends and 1 non-friend are tracking this post", that would be quite cool. But anything that lets you know who is tracking what would be enough of a breach of privacy to put people off using the system.
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[User Picture]From: troworld
2006-09-06 10:06 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: forthwritten
2006-09-07 01:11 am (UTC)
Having had problems with a user I'm quite uncomfortable with making it any easier for him to follow me around.

Something like "2 friends and 1 non-friend are tracking this post" would be fine for normal use and I'd expect that kind of thing with people who I know aren't a problem.
However, I'd like there to be options to flag certain users and alert me if they're tracking something and to have an alert if there's a non-friend tracking more than x number of things.

As it stands, I have no intention of using this system and if I could, I'd disable it.
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[User Picture]From: some_noah
2006-09-16 04:00 pm (UTC)
I agree. I'm being stalked enough as it stands now.
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