No context notifications need to die. 

Do you see it?  It’s the one from Wink, my smart home hub.  Notifications like these fire off because I’ve set things to alert me – in  this case to be able to close the garage door remotely if it’s been open too long.  For presumably safeyly concerns, Chamberlain doesn’t allow the door to automatically be set to close so instead I get an alert and can manually change things.  This notification however is missing two key features that would make it considerably more useful and frankly it just seems like lazy design to skip them. We’ve had options added … Continue reading No context notifications need to die. 

Amazon Notifications for Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to pipe up proactively with alerts from gadgets and apps, much like a smartphone does today. It’s Amazon’s first step toward making Alexa more of a general purpose platform for developers like iOS or Android, but the company will have to tread carefully to ensure that alerts on the voice-based platform don’t become intrusive. Source: The Information I really like our Alexa though I feel like it’s potential has barely been reached. While I don’t have much connected from our lives on the Amazon cloud this is a very interesting … it might make … Continue reading Amazon Notifications for Alexa

Designing Smart Push Notifications

First Round Capital has a really nice write up on designing push notifications to create more compelling experiences.  It’s largely common knowledge now, but the ratio of apps downloaded vs apps used is rather disproportionate and the number of apps we (normal users perhaps not me) tend to use is a low single digit.  Aside form considering how contextual each notification can be it’s also critical to consider the onboarding process so that you have a clear set of expectations to even ensure push notifications are allowed.  And of course … consider why an app is even something we need.  Continue reading Designing Smart Push Notifications