I’ve started an online community with Discourse & the main feedback I’m getting is around the notifications.
- People don’t like the email notifications (too slow) - or miss them because they get blocked etc.
- People like push notifications to their phones/ devices. Even for new posts.
Here’s some (excellent) user feedback which sums up a lot of what I’m hearing:
For me it’s a lack of something visual when I pick up my phone. Not an alert as such but an icon that has an alert next to it that something has happened on [Discourse] that I should go look at. My brain has become very dependant on cues like this - there are so many things screaming for my online attention that at a primal level it’s the squeaky wheel that gets oiled. FB, Insta, Messenger - even if that thing is rubbish it draws me in and I spend 10mins there.
The irony is one of the reasons I went for Discourse was to get away from the barrage of notifications from the likes of Facebook or Twitter. But it looks like we’ve programmed our brains to only respond to alerts/ notifications.
So I’m trying to work out how to meet my user’s requirements for more push(y) notifications. From what I can tell Discourse has the following notification systems:
- Email - which they don’t like/ don’t read
- Browser Push Notifications - which only work for Android?
- Chatroom Integration plugin
This is a good start but I need something super simple - especially for iOS users.
I’d also like to add a daily or twice daily notification for the latest posts - if possible.
What is the easiest way to deliver push notifications to all mobile users (Android & iOS)? My audience generally aren’t technical so anything beyond “click the thing” is probably going to fail.
Is there an existing plugin for push notifications of latest/ new posts?