Call for Testing: New Post Notifications in Reader

Hi everyone! I’m Jan, designer for WordPress.com’s Reader. We’d like to get your feedback on v1 of New Post Notifications, a new feature we recently added to the Reader.

What is it?

When you Follow a site in Reader, it’s easy to miss new posts especially from your favorite sites.

To help address that, we now let you opt-in for New Post Notifications. If enabled, this will allow you to receive notifications (desktop and on any device with the WordPress app installed) when your favorite site publishes a new post.

This setting can be accessed from the Site Stream (this is where you find a stream of posts coming from a single site.
Example: http://horizon.wordpress.com/read/feeds/66550777):

Or the Manage page for sites you’re already following:

What to test:

  • What is your overall impression?
  • Were you able to successfully enable new post notifications? If not, can you please explain why?
  • Was the new post notification setting easy to find?
  • If you navigated away from the site stream, is it obvious how to turn this setting back off?

How to test:

  1. Go to Reader on Horizon.
  2. Find a site you would like to get new post notifications from.
  3. Navigate to their Site Stream.
  4. Follow this site and enable the “Notify me of new posts” setting.
  5. You should get a notification in your Notifications panel when this site publishes a new post.

Please leave your feedback and comments below. Thanks so much for your help!

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Jan Cavan Boulas

Jan is a designer and illustrator whose work has been featured in several publications online and offline. When not trying to help make the Web a better place, she can be found taking off on an impulse adventure, experimenting in the kitchen, or playing badminton.

6 thoughts on “Call for Testing: New Post Notifications in Reader”

  1. This should help manage reading and commenting. I follow and enjoy far too many blogs and like the ability to prioritize notifications. It’s nice to be able to “catch” read some bloggers’s new posts when published. (Oh, I get around to all of them eventually, but you know some we like to read sooner than others)

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      1. Hi there, thank you so much for your feedback! It’s great to hear that you find this setting useful.

        You mentioned, “it wasn’t difficult”, do you mind elaborating more on that? Were you able to locate this setting immediately? And if you ever navigated away from it, did you find it obvious how to disable or turn it back off?

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  2. I’m always excited about new features, though not always satisfied with them, but this one is pretty handy! I don’t think I’d notice the new setting if I didn’t know it was there, but once I knew what to look for, there was no problem at all. Thank you for introducing this little but helpful thing!

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