We’ve discussed about getting notifications from things that happen in our devices using Growl. But our lives also revolve around things in the virtual world. To get notified about the web side of your existence, your Growl need a little help from a service called Notify.io.
Grows Under Google
Notify.io is a desktop notification system that utilizes Google accounts as the thread that links everything. All other services that support Notify.io rely on Google accounts information to know which notification will be sent where.
To start, you can visit its front page and view a short video that will give you a general picture of what this service is all about. Then you can continue by clicking the orange “Get Started with Notify.io” button.
The first thing that they will ask you to do is to login with your Google Account.
Click the link and fill in you data. If you happen to have one of Google’s services opened (Mail, Documents, etc.) you’ll only have to fill in the password and click “Sign In“.
There’s a Mac client called “Desktop Notifier” for Notify.io that you can download. It will reside in the menubar and do its job quietly in the background – accepting all the notifications and forwarding them to Growl.
To link the client with your account, you have to download a “.ListenURL” file and open it using the client.
If you are a Windows user, you won’t find the client for your machine, but you can connect to your Notify.io account using Growl for Windows.
Setting Up The System
There are four main menus that you can access after you log-in: History, Sources, Outlets and Settings.
The first thing that you should visit is the “Outlets“. Here is the place to add the methods that you want to use to “listen to” your notifications.
The “Sources” is where you add sources that you want to listen to. This could be anything from newsfeeds to Facebook notifications.
Some Friendly Sources
There are list of few Notify.io-friendly sources available from the right-hand link. Let’s see some of them.
1.is a web-based news client that will help you forward notifications from your favorite feeds to Notify.io.
All you have to do is login with your Google Account and enter PubSubHubbub-enabled feed URL.
2.is a web service that you can use to send schedules and reminders to your Notify.io account.
All you have to do is to login using your Google Account and start sending reminders.
3. Facebook Says will help you receive notifications from Facebook via Notify.io. To set up this system, you need to add new email address in your Facebook account. The complete steps is explained in Facebook Says site.
There are two things that you have to do after registering the new address: approve Facebook to be one of your sources, and confirm the email address.
This all could be done from the “Sources” menu.
4. Over The Air is not mentioned in the available sources, but mentioned in the video. I did a little searching and found the service. This service relies on GMail’s filtering feature to “cacth” certain messages and forward them to a specific address in order to appear via your Notify.io account.
The nature of this service allows us to go beyond web apps. You could set the filter to catch messages from certain people and have the notifications appear on your desktop every time this person (or organization) send you messages. Very handy.
Everything that happens in your Notify.io account will appear in the “History” menu. One of the cool things that I found from this service is the ability to “repeat” each and every event by clicking the small green round arrow.
Notify.io is still in alpha stage. This means that even though there are still bugs here and there in this desktop notification system, you could expect lots of great things coming in the future.