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Chad Etzel@jazzychad · iOS app maker
Ah, well... I can only look at this and smile... I built Notifo in 2010 which was essentially the same product of letting consumers receive notifications from any source they wanted (complete with developer API)... - sadly without much traction it died a slow painful death. I like to think it was just ahead of its time. I have a soft spot in my heart for notifications, so I'll be watching this one intently.
Mo Mozafarian@m_mozafarian · Founder,
@jazzychad timing... I bet if you do it today it will gets tons of tractions
Drew MeyersHiring@drewmeyers · Co-Founder, Horizon
@jazzychad Do you think it was timing, or do you think it was something else? Does Notify, or other apps like it, solve anything people don't already have solved? Seems like a solution looking for a problem, rather than a problem in need of a solution.
Vivek M George@vivekmgeorge · SALT -
@jazzychad I'm sure FB's major partnerships+brand will play a major part
Nicholas Sheriff@nicholassheriff · Founder, Sheriff Ventures
@m_mozafarian @jazzychad Traction is irrelevant it literally is an absolutely irrelevant metric outside of raising vc money or validating ego ( it doesn't tell you if a product is creating real value ) because everyone can leave says nothing about core value and solving a need...just look at Facebooks other products that gained some initial traction, why because they have 1 billion users that why. *value = retention ( no one has every been retained without adding value, if the value decreases you churn ) Slingshot Facebook Poke Facebook Camera Facebook Home Rooms Riff I can go on for point exactly.
Mo Mozafarian@m_mozafarian · Founder,
@nicholassheriff @jazzychad traction without retention is worthless
Nicholas Sheriff@nicholassheriff · Founder, Sheriff Ventures
@m_mozafarian @jazzychad exactly which = value can not have retention without value, the very reason why people are retained is because they find value which is my point exactly.
Farbod Saraf@farbodsaraf · Co-founder
@jazzychad "I launched Pushover ( this week. I built it over the past 4 weeks to replace my use of Notifo, which shut down last year." 4 years ago, This was posted on HackerNews by Joshua Stein, Founder of Pushover. Now, Pushover is one of the biggest notification platforms, thanks to IFTTT+Pushover. I'm absolutly agree with you & @m_mozafarian about timing as one of the major success factors. Bill Gross elaborated it perfectly:
Vadi@vadivelk · Craftsman
@jazzychad Hey, there were no hunters in 2010. Try now, traction will follow given you do good job on UX :)
Ivan Galic@ivangalic · Teaching iOS @ Galibugs
@nicholassheriff @jazzychad To me it sounds like you have a very narrow definition of traction. It's not just the number of users, which seems to be what you are referring to. Instead, it's a lot of these metrics together - including retention, revenues, profit margins, quality of acquisition channels... It can also vary from product to product, because the word itself doesn't have a very strict definition in the startup world.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Facebook just launched a Yo competitor. Over a year ago, @joshm wrote this post about notifications becoming the next social platform and communication channel. Since then we've seen several apps where the entire value and interface is within the notification itself.
Simon Dawlat@virtualgoodz · CEO,
@rrhoover we built the infrastructure for such product a year ago!
Dan Edwards
@de · Designer
Good move by Facebook, it's going to be interesting to see how notifications (on iOS particularly) is going to adapt to more apps going this route. Apps are certainly going to have to fight to get your attention in an already busy feed.
Mark Spivey@ausonio · Owner, SoundFunnel
Brad Kovach@bradkovach · Web Developer, UL
Is "Push notification as a service" a thing yet?
Justin Mitchell@itsthisjustin · Designing Products at
@ausonio @rrhoover Same. Big fan of Hooks + IFTTT
Drew MeyersHiring@drewmeyers · Co-Founder, Horizon
This is an attempt to be a better way to consume news...which is basically what Twitter is already. My question is whether there is enough sources that "matter" to make a standalone app? For me, the only things that matter enough to actually look at every notification are close friends (text), work conversations about Horizon or consulting work (slack)...and that's about it. I may be an outlier, but I don't really read mainstream news; just follow relevant industry news (but virtually no source is good enough that I'd want to get notified every time they published anything). I'm not sure what the solid use case is for Notify. For me, there isn't one. PS: I'm surprised Facebook made their landing page with WordPress. Anyone else find that odd?
James Koole@deleted-21562
Sorry, Facebook. The "notifications that matter from sources you love" aren't these: The last thing I need is more celebrity news, gossip, CNN garbage headlines and other crap on my notifications screen. I was really hoping that this would be a way to get notifications from people in my life, or important things. Even if I could try this (and I can't, because for some reason it's US-only - seriously?), I'll take a pass. I get enough crap from these sources in my feed already that I have to continually hide one source at a time.
I must be the antithesis of the target market for this. I can't stand mobile notifications (in general) and can't imagine turning them on for anything but texts from my wife. I don't even have notifications for e-mail turned on. This isn't just for me: I also get frustrated by people stopping mid-sentence to look at a notification that just came in. So no thank you, I can't say adding more distraction to everyone's lives is a great idea. $$$ I'm sure it's a great way for facebook to learn about their users' interests in great detail without them having to "like" pages on facebook itself. $$$
Drew MeyersHiring@drewmeyers · Co-Founder, Horizon
@sholtaway I'm with you on that.