In the olden days, whenever I wanted to be one of the first people to see a particular long-awaited news article from Bungie, I would employ an auto-refresher with Google Chrome on one of my monitors to refresh the front page every 15 seconds or so. The return of the Weekly Update meant a return to this time honored tradition, and it occured to me today that it's actually way more tedious and bad than I ever remembered it being. Not only does it take up one of my precious monitors to constantly refresh the front page, but it also eats up my bandwidth like crazy. As I sat trying to watch a stuttering youtube video, I thought to myself: "This is Bungie.next for the love of Pete! There has to be a better way of doing things!" And then inspiration struck: What if there was a notification that popped up in your feed whenever a new addition to the Bungie Blog was posted? That way, I could spend my Friday Afternoons browsing Bungie.net as usual, and when DeeJ posts the Weekly Update I'll be able to see that in my Notification Feed without having to constantly backtrack to the front page. Is it a selfish request? Sure. Is it a bit of a personal problem? Yeah. But it seems like a feature that wouldn't be too difficult to implement, and it would be useful for getting returning posters more involved with recent events. For example, let's say that someone just now heard there was a big Beta going on, and he went to the forums to ask about it. He might see his notification feed, and go through it, see there is a notification for the Destiny Beta, and click on it instead of making an erroneous thread. Not to mention, I imagine the option of seeing Blog updates as a Notification would be useful for members using the Mobile app on the go. What do you guys think? Would you use a feature like this? Naturally you would be able to customize News Article Notifications like all the other ones in your Notification Settings in your profile.
I can't believe this idea hasn't been thrown up for discussion sooner. Just getting a notification as you're browsing or a push notification on mobile when something new is added to the Bungie Blog would be amazing. The closest tool I use right now is the RSS feed updater, which sends me an email within 10 minutes of a new Bungie article being added. But having a notification show up through bungie.net and on Bungie Mobile devices? Much much much more awesome.