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One of the things I appreciate about technology is the variety and specificity of notifications. Rare major events let you see the announcement through a variety of lenses, and provide the knowledge that there are still more lenses out there.
For example, when the Blackhawks won the Stanley cup, my iphone lock screen (not even the phone itself) informed me three different ways.
- The Scorecenter app, where I had signed up for score updates, gave me the final announcement with relevant stats.
- The New York Times app sent me a breaking news alert announcing the victory, and specifying exactly who won exactly what.
- The Email app informed me that nhl sent me a message that Chicago Blackhawks championship gear was now available.
Basically, three ways of coming at the same news, providing different value for different people. I told scorecenter I want details. I told the Times I want major stories so I’ll know what people are talking about. I told nhl.com that I like buying hockey stuff, and if I was a blackhawks fan, I’d have immediately gone on their site to shop.
It’s fascinating, and it’s valuable, and I’m excited to see how notifications evolve going forward.
one last note: Dear nhl.com, I have bought Devils stuff, and considered buying Detroit stuff for Nicole. Why the hell would I be interested in Blackhawks championship stuff?
“Also, I was in possession of a positive outlook, which is just a trick whereby you convince yourself that the desolation of your world is a phase in your personal growth. The weird thing is it works.”
—Sam Lipsyte, The Fun Parts