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Topic: Receive a notification when someone leaves a comment on a synth

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Niaws (Over 1 year ago)
I do not know whether this is by design, a bug or some misconfiguration in my profile but it would be really helpful if the owner of a synth can receive an email notification when someone leaves a comment.

In addition, even an automated notification when a synth is published on Photosynth.net front page and/or Bing Maps would be nice.

Thanks for providing us with such a great tool for free :)
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Niaws, we're all in the same boat. The functionality just isn't on the website, but I completely agree with you on this.

I've seen some synths go for an entire year before the author realised that someone had commented on it.

I love adding being published on the front page into the notifications as well. I wonder how many people have missed their synth being in the spotlight.

Several people have also also asked for the ability to private message other members and I feel like that and email notifications in Facebook's style (where you don't have to actually visit the site to get the message) are absolutely the way to go for both comments like you were mentioning and private messages.

I think that to really have the community take off, these sorts of reminders and abilities to connect with others simply need to be put into place, so great suggestion.

Thanks for bringing it up!
I'll definitely second your motion.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Notifications of new replies to topics in the forum in which one has taken part (or have subscribed to) should also definitely be included in the list. Sometimes I write up a reply to a person and I never ever hear back from them, so I have no idea whether they ever even saw the reply.
amn.hodge (Over 1 year ago)
Not really much i can add to this discussion, but I'll have to say I agree completely.
OmniSynThesis (Over 1 year ago)
I support this too. I guess that the new Windows Live wave 4 provides a good framework for an easy and fast realization of this request.
Ko-Dan_Armada (Over 1 year ago)
Notifications need to be extended into Windows Live - e.g. Windows Profile and Messenger Social Network Updates.

There is no integration of Photosynth in Windows Live. I believe this will add greater functionality to Windows Live.
VsKbPhotos (Over 1 year ago)
Not all want to be on Windows live BUT I agree you need to have email notification.
Ko-Dan_Armada (Over 1 year ago)
VsKb2010Photos, you are essentially on Windows Live just by creating a LiveID and logging onto this site. But if you are not concerned with Messenger, then no one will see your updates/notifications. It all depends on whether you have Friends added to your contacts and also your privacy settings: you can actually choose which services send out notifications (or not)
VsKbPhotos (Over 1 year ago)
@ Ko-Dan_Armada I don't need two IM's I started w/ yahoo and kind of sticking w/ it.
mwiththeat (Over 1 year ago)
bump
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Someone was recently asking about contacting other members directly and it reminded me of this thread. 

Our Photosynth profiles have RSS feeds on them (four of them, actually, and one is for comments on your own synths). If you add the RSS feeds for your profile to an RSS aggregator of your choice it should be as good as being emailed when your synths or panos get new comments. 

(Most web browsers have RSS readers built in nowadays and may file them under 'Feeds' 'Live Bookmarks' or something similar, or if you use the Windows Live Mail desktop program it has RSS feed support, you could use the RSS widget for Windows Vista Sidebar or Windows 7 desktop, Google News Reader online, etc. etc.) 

Just be sure to use an RSS reader which you will open as often as your email - ideally it will actually be in your email program or website.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
This still doesn't solve getting notifications for when your synth or pano is featured on the homepage or a forum post is replied to, but it should help.

If you have ever been frustrated that you couldn't directly contact another member, you could always do what the Photosynth team members do and post your email address in your Photosynth biography. That way anyone who wishes to contact you to collaborate with you or request permission to use your photos (or for any other reason) will be able to.
OmniSynThesis (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for always being around with good suggestions Nathan. I have never come across a good RSS use for myself. Now I have subscribed to the feeds on my profile. I am curious what it will bring.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Happy to be of service. ツ

I forgot to mention it explicitly, but if you have found other people on Photosynth whose synths or panos you always seem to enjoy, try adding the RSS feed for their synths or the feed for comments on their synths and you'll be notified when they upload something new or when people are talking about their synths.

You could do this for anyone's favorites as well if someone is really great at discovering what other people are creating but doesn't make so many synths themselves.

I wish that we could do this sort of thing on our profiles here on the actual site, but using external RSS readers basically gives us the same ability as subscribing to someone's channel on YouTube or Flickr and being notified of new uploads. More awareness of your favorite synth and pano authors uploading new content should mean more favorites and comments on their synths, if we do our part, which should encourage them to create more for us to enjoy.
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