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DIY RSS Push Notifications with Notifo

If you like to get immediate notifications when a story hits the wire you are not alone. What if you could schedule your notifications a few times a day. If only there was a way to use push notifications on your iPhone and have them appear on your desktops too.

Using some of the new notification services available this is possible. Let’s take a look at one way to do it.

Push It Real Good

Wait. Surely there are companies that do this already. Yes. There are. If you want to avoid opening a terminal, head over to Superfeedr.

But do we want another review of how to simply sign up for something? No.

Instead, let’s take a look at RSS to Notifo and getting it running on a new Mac called macbookpro.

First, we’ll need to prep a bit. This will mean having to install or update Growl 1.2.1 as well as download the Notifo desktop client for Mac that will send push notifications to Growl for us. Next, we’ll need to get our username and apikey from Notifo.

We should see that notifications service is available once we enter our credentials.

Now we simply get started with our Ruby environment as follows:

We’ll know we’ve been successful when we see our friendly Growl notification powered by Notifo send us the following:

If you are curious about other services to try and become involved with as a contributor, the folks at Notifo have created a services page listing other projects. Of course, you can get started creating your own services as well. Before that you will want to review the Notifo API docs that are being updated to include user to user message notifications.

Hmmm. Perhaps, the Internet will eventually reinvent Zephyr all over again!

What notifications and push oriented tool and services are you using? Let us know in the comments below!

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