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Launching real-time filterable push notifications for iOS, Android, web, and email

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For some sites, you want to know when they publish as soon as they publish. Maybe you want to immediately be notified of everything a site publishes, like a monthly meetup that posts an event only once a month. Or perhaps you want to be immediately notified of everything the NYTimes publishes about the companies in your stock portfolio. Or you just really enjoy reading your daily comics and want them emailed to you so you never miss a beat.

Today I’m proud to launch push notifications simultaneously across all three native platforms on NewsBlur (that’s web, iOS, and Android). That means that you can setup notifications for all Unread stories or only Focus stories that you’ve trained to be pushed to you over email, iOS, Android, or through browser notifications on the web.

You can setup all four types of notifications on both web and mobile. And you can employ your intelligence training to only surface the stories that have use certain tags, have specific keywords in the titles, or are written by specific authors. Additionally, it’s easy to hide stories using that same training so that you don’t receive notifications that you want to ignore.

Push notifications on iOS

To start with notifications on iOS, you can use the new swipe-to-the right gesture on the feed list (replacing the trainer on the swipe gesture). It’s very easy to turn notifications on and off or to even step up the filtering on a site so that you only get Focus stories instead.

This way you can overprovision notifications for yourself and easily dial them back to where you get just the right number of notifications.

Today version 7.0 of the NewsBlur iOS app is being released and here’s a list of what’s new and fixed on iOS:

  • Push notifications: real-time push notifications on a per-feed basis.
  • Swipe-to-the-right on a feed to change its notifications.
  • A new optional app badge for unread counts. Enable under Preferences.
  • Stories now automatically are marked as read on scroll. Disable under Preferences.
  • Better image support on iPad and fixes for drag-and-dropping the story titles bar (at bottom of the story detail).
  • A note on that: you can move story titles to the bottom on iPad. Just drag the bottom bar up.
  • Fixed issue with sharing stories not working or disappearing on iPad.
  • Fixed theme issues in the activity share sheet.
  • Fixed a crash from opening stories with no permalink.
  • Fixed size of intelligence control on bottom of feed list on iPhone SE.
  • Fixed issues when story titles are set to the bottom layout on iPad.
  • Fixed issues with the interactions dialog.

Notifications on Android

Android also gets a new version today. Version 6.0 gets notifications and new custom reading fonts as well as the mark read on scroll behavior that iOS and web have enjoyed.

Here’s a list of what’s new and fixed on Android:

  • Mark as read on scroll is a new preference to automatically mark stories as read as you scroll past them.
  • New fonts for reading: Whitney, Chronicle, Gotham Narrow make their way to Android from the web.
  • Also supporting native Android fonts Noto Sans, Noto Serif, Open Sans Condensed, and Anonymous Pro.
  • Switching between Text and Story view is now sticky per-feed (similar to iOS and web).
  • Fixed issues where feed list would not update.

Notifications on Web

Browser notifications are handy for those sites that you only want to read on your desktop. For example, you could setup web notifications for an RSS feed for a status feed, letting you know when migrations and downtime will have some effect on you.

Setting up and tuning notifications is also just as easy to do on the web. You’ll find it under Manage > Notifications as well as in the Read Filter Popover (top right of the app) when reading an individual feed.

Notifications over Email

Finally, for those use cases not covered under web or mobile, you can now have websites automatically email you when they publish new stories.

This is for those stories that you don’t want to miss and want to ensure that you read. For instance, I use email notifications for worrydream’s quote blog that serves me a single paragraph of insight once a week because I loved having quotes emailed to me.

There you have it, four new ways to consume the news. If you love using NewsBlur and want to see it continue to launch new features like these, please tell friends and followers about your news reader. People often ask for ways to stay on top of the game and NewsBlur is the most powerful way to do it.

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samuel
13 days ago
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This is a huge deal and the biggest feature of the year. Notifications have grown on me considerably, esp. the email ones.
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satadru
13 days ago
Thank you!
satadru
12 days ago
So how would I create a notification for say Samuel Clay's Blurblog?
samuel
11 days ago
I subscribe to the feed of the blurblog and then setup notifications. I haven't built blurblog notifications, although I suppose I should.
satadru
11 days ago
+1. Social notifications on newsblur (comment & shared feed) would be huge. :)
dreadhead
8 days ago
This is neat but I think the notifications I would like the most would be for social interactions (comments etc)
gazuga
15 hours ago
Seconding the above suggestions, although what you have already is a great start.
hooges
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Any chance this feature will someday get the ability to push only certain tags. I know it can do focus, but I might have a use for a notification for just one tag instead of multiples I highlight in a feed.

I guess I could....send notifications to email alias which I then push back to Newsblur...then use intelligence trainer on the feed the email creates with notifications. Ha!
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samuel
13 days ago
I think IFTTT supports filters like that, which means you could use their new filter feature directly with the NewsBlur channel. It's actually the way notifications were handled ad hoc by users until now.
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ameel
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Yay!
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JayM
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Nice. Newsblur continuously is by far the best news reader out there.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Honored With Hideous Bust That May Be Imbued With Dark Magic

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The eyes! For the love of god, do not look into the eyes!

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Saved searches make it easy to create custom feeds

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You can now save a search as a saved search feed. This works for individual sites, folders, All Site Stories, saved stories, and blurblogs.

Saved searches are great for creating custom feeds with just the stories you want. Think of these new feeds as spotlights on parts of a folder or feed, ways to keep track of stories that share a theme across different sites.

Or use saved searches to keep a single tag together for handy reference.

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hooges
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This is actually pretty genius. One of those features I never thought about, but see a million uses for it.
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spiffylogic
89 days ago
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Another "you didn't you needed this feature but now you can't possibly live without it" from Samuel Clay... bravo!
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ejp1082
90 days ago
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This is super nice. But what would be *really* awesome is if I could filter saved searches to only display unread items and maybe get a count of them, so that they behave more like real feeds. Any chance of that happening?
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samuel
90 days ago
That's a hard one. Of course it's possible, but that would take time to build. So people need to vote it up on the feedback forum.
GreetingsEarthling
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What would be really cool as well would be to be able to create searches that /remove/ items, similar to a Google search using the -term. So, for instance, if I follow the "Strong Towns" blog but I am not interested in the #strongesttowns series, I could save a "-#strongesttowns" search.
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gazuga
90 days ago
Seconded! I currently use Training on main feeds to filter out tags or individual words within post titles that won't interest me, but that's not as powerful as what you're suggesting.
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Nice

Dmoz Directory to shut down on March 14, 2017

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Dmoz, one of the longest standing, human curated, directories on the Internet will be shut down for good on March 14, 2017.

Directories played a huge part in the early days of the Internet, especially if they were curated by companies or volunteers.

There were several reasons for that. First, because search engines were not all that good in the days. Dmoz dates back to a time were Google did not exist yet, and Netscape fought it out against the dominating Internet Explorer browser. Yes, Opera was there to.

It was a lot easier to use directories to find websites of interest, than to use a search engine.

Second, webmasters used directories as a way to promote their sites. While there was a lot of abuse, especially when it came to automated directories that accepted any site, getting listed in a curated directory such as Dmoz or the Yahoo Directory.

Links on those directories not only guaranteed a steady flow of visitors, but also a strong backlink which added weight to the site in search engines.

Dmoz shutting down

dmoz shut down

The announcement does not highlight why Dmoz is shutting down, only that it is the case.

Dmoz is owned by AOL, and the decision to shut down the site must have certainly come from AOL. While it is unclear why, costs of running and maintaining the site may have played a role next to Dmoz losing more and more relevancy on the Internet as a resource.

The site will be taken down on March 14, 2017 and there is no indication that the directory will live on elsewhere. While you may be able to access its content on the Wayback Machine website, that only remains an option if AOL does not add a no robots tag to the site's index after shutting down Dmoz.

The Dmoz directory outlived Yahoo's Directory for almost three years. While there are still plenty of directories around, none that I know of that has the name or popularity of Dmoz or Yahoo Directory.

It is interesting to note that Dmoz won't vanish completely overnight. The NOODP meta tag is used by Internet sites to indicate to search engines that search engines should not use the descriptions by Dmoz if available, but the site's own. These tags won't do anything anymore after March 14, 2017, and it is recommended to remove them from sites after that date because of that.

Now You: Do you use directories on today's Internet?

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Used this a lot back in the day...
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Definitely not lazy

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been there
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Every day.
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