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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: 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: alexthedevil
2006-09-06 09:30 am (UTC)
Excellent, thanks. That seems to be what happened, because I'm pretty sure it was only an hour or so.

And thanks for the amazingly quick reply!
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-06 09:31 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :D
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