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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: jiggery_pokery
2006-09-06 04:07 am (UTC)
You've suggested Joule several times in response to people who want notification of deFriending. While I agree that it mostly does the job for now, there are reasons why it's not the complete answer:

1) It's an unofficial service rather than an official LJ one. That means that Marnanel (Thomas!) might choose to remove access at any time, that the machine he hosts it on might go down, that he might not renew his domain (admittedly unlikely) or any of a thousand other reasons why it might cease to exist. Furthermore, it's not something that we can request support from LJ for. I would like LJ, possibly working with Thomas, to include the functionality of the service as part of the officially supported LJ package, but I can't imagine this being anything but a very low priority item indeed.

2) Joule doesn't always work. I checked Joule on 21st August and it didn't add a row to the table presented with the day's events. It definitely updated the Joule database that day, but I was defriended by somebody that day and I haven't been able to work out who :-( (Admittedly this is the only time Joule hasn't worked for me.)
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[User Picture]From: rizzo
2006-09-06 04:26 am (UTC)
It usually takes 24 hours or a little more to update, I've noticed.
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[User Picture]From: rizzo
2006-09-06 04:27 am (UTC)
Hey if I'd read all of that, I wouldn't sound retarded right now. :x

Um. So maybe it was just a bug. *hides in shame*
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[User Picture]From: glowing_dragon
2006-09-06 09:58 am (UTC)
So check it again. It might work now.
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