|LiveJournal's new notifications system
||[Sep. 5th, 2006|03:02 pm]
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.
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.
Exactly. My writing is posted for public consumption. My journal, while not friends locked, really isn't. I'd rather not friends-lock my journal and screen all posts as a way of maintaining some privacy (and I know a journal is not private by nature...perhaps what I really mean is "maintain my obscurity").
but how is that any different than someone, say having your page on their favorites list and checking it everyday?
There are ways of at least knowing that's happening; I think that's why this bothers some people.
If I were, say, a minor, it has now become much more "automatic" for someone to watch my activities online. This is great for parents who might only monitor one or two accounts (their own children), but it also makes it easy for people who should not be monitoring minors' accounts to receive automatic email notification of MANY minors' activites.
Worst case, this could automate stalking activity, hence the wish that it be possible to turn it off.
I don't understand though, it's the EXACT same as before, just actually lettting people know, so they aren't maybe checking it EVERYday. . .and if peopel happen to be posting FO then onlytheir friends can see it which is no different than normal. . .