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Push notifications, live streams and a sweet love story

Socials profile pictureYessss, I’ve got a tool on my website for push notifications!

I can almost hear you think ‘Huh? What? Why?’… Let me explain.

When you’re a follower of my social media accounts, you might have noticed that I’ve changed my profile picture on all of them.

It now states ‘Follow me on my own website tabbymayart.com’.

 

What does this mean?

It’s actually very simple. I’m not a very big fan of social media. Never have been, and most likely never will be. My daughter asked me today ‘Facebook tired again?’, knowing that I’ve deleted my account more than once in the last decade.

This time I will not delete it completely, but my social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube) will become so called ‘sleeping’ accounts.

In the next few weeks I will still post some things on my socials, mainly to direct people to my website. This website here is the place where I want to share whatever it is I’m doing.

And I don’t like the feeling of obligation to need to post on my social accounts to get traffic to my website. Traffic as in ‘people seeing, hearing, reading whatever it is I want to share with the world’.

Push notifications

But how will I maintain an audience without me being represented on social media? Well, in fact that is dead easy! The way it is now, you’ll notice that whenever I post something on Facebook or Instagram, you may see a notification in your menu or my post pops up on your timeline.

But that feature is not only reserved for social media! Any website can use that feature. It’s called: push notifications!

Anonymous subscription

And that’s exactly what my dear hubby has installed on my website. You now get the option to subscribe to push notifications. This means that you will get a notification every time I post a new blog, add a product to my shop or have news to share. Now, ain’t that sophisticated? 😀

The best thing is that this works on every device. So you can subscribe to it on your phone, laptop, tablet, and/or desktop computer. Whichever device you use to go to my website. If you use multiple devices to visit my website, make sure you’re subscribed to the push notifications on every single device!

So, to make sure you’ll never miss my blogs and/or news, subscribe and get notified. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s anonymous! I can only see how many devices receive these notifications, but I can’t see who the people are, nor how many or what kind of devices per person. I don’t get names, nor email addresses. Nada, nothing. 100% GDPR proof! 100% SPAM proof!

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Notifications history

In the lower right corner of the website you’ll find a purple-pink Gravitec-icon. That is where you can find notifications that you’ve missed.

So you can keep track of what notifications have been sent by me from this website, and it’s totally up to you whether you’d like to keep them or trash them. I’m just mentioning this option, just so you know it’s there 😉 .

You can cancel anytime

And if you no longer want to get these notifications, you can easily unsubscribe again. No need to email, just 2 clicks and you’re done. In the screenshot below it shows how you can change your settings, by clicking the little grey padlock in front of the website’s address:

unsubscribe push notifications

Live streams

Another thing I want to mention is the live streams. I used to do those on Facebook, but unfortunately that is only available for people with Facebook accounts. And I know a lot of people who don’t have Facebook accounts, but would really like to see the streams of my online gigs.

Well, those live streams will also move to my website. I will use a platform for it, but the streams will be embedded in my website. So Facebook accounts are no longer needed, on this website (where you are now) you’ll be able to join in the fun.

klassenfoto1984Keeping a promise

In my last blog post, with the replay of the last live stream, I’ve promised to tell the story of my husband and me. So here goes…

Once upon a time, in the year 1984 of the previous century… there were a boy and a girl. The boy was eighteen years old, the girl was sixteen. They were classmates at some secondary school in Lelystad, the Netherlands.

It was their final school year. The boy’s name was Maurice, the girl listened to ‘Tabitha’ (a name she really hated at the time), but I’ll keep referring to them as ‘he’ and ‘she’.

How it all started…

He first saw her when she was a few years younger. When she was fourteen he already spotted her, and really liked her (so he’s told me 😜 ).

But she didn’t really notice him. One day he caught her in the school library where she sat on the floor, reading. He didn’t think twice, he just took his chance and sat himself right beside her.

She on the other hand didn’t even look up from her book, unimpressed by this youngster, all of a sudden sitting next to her (well, to be honest, she was way too shy to look up!! 😬). He took off again, disappointed, but taking his loss like a man. A sixteen year old man 😛 .

So, what happened after that? How did he manage to win her heart after all? I’ll tell you in the next blog… Stay tuned!

Till the next one,

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