An idea for the New tab initial screen in Chrome

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  1. Janko Jovanovic Janko Jovanovic

    This one isn't a shot of anything visually interesting, rather an idea I have.

    The section with most frequent apps shown in new tab in Google Chrome is quite useful for me. But I always felt it could do more. How about showing me notifications from each of these apps?

    Browser is an OS inside an OS. So browsers and SaaS apps could work more tightly. Apps could notify browser about the number of new notifications and the color for notification bubble. That's it.

    New notifications on dribble, facebook or twitter? New unread items on feedly? Newly added files to my shared dropbox? Here, no problem.

    I feel this part is missing here. But, hey, that's just me! What do you think about the idea?

    Please check @2x for all the "details".

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    6 months ago

  2. Osvaldas Valutis Osvaldas Valutis

    Fantastic idea, Janko. There could be a JavaScript API available, just like HTML5 Notifications is, where you just pull the necessary information to the browser. A browser makes screenshots / previews by "visiting" websites in the background – that's how the numbers in circles could be updated passively.

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    6 months ago

  3. Bojan Djuricic Bojan Djuricic

    I'd feel like a squashed tomato if I had that many notifications to go through :D
    But hey, an idea to the rescue!

    "And we're giving away absolutely FREE, living & breathing, personal browser assistant, to recycle that awful pile of notifications for you, and make life simpler & more enjoyable" :)

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    6 months ago

  4. Janko Jovanovic Janko Jovanovic

    @Bojan Djuricic Hahahaha, if you would have *that* many notifications than you might want to consider closing a few accounts :)

    It depends on how you manage work in different applications. Here's why it would work for me: I would acknowledge that there's something that require my attention. I can decide if that is now or later. Otherwise, I handle updates as I stumble upon these sites - and that can occur in different points during the day, which makes things awful for me. If I see notifications, I can't ignore them, I am dragged to that shiny red notification bubble.

    Think of it as handling emails. I dedicate some time during the day to handle all the emails. Otherwise I would live in my inbox, literally :) So, this would be a centralized way to acknowledge the updates, dedicate some time to check what is important at that moment.

    6 months ago

  5. Jawad Š Jawad Š

    great concept

    6 months ago

  6. Ted Goas Ted Goas

    I agree with @Bojan Djuricic. If I fire up chrome to look for or do something, I'd rather not be faced with a bunch of thumbnails crying that they need my attention.

    I also wonder how this would work for sites where notifications wouldn't make sense (news, sports, etc.) Guessing they wouldn't stick out as much if they don't have a notification badge?

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    6 months ago

  7. Avinash Tripathi Avinash Tripathi

    lovely... i think this is very good to have!

    6 months ago

  8. Janko Jovanovic Janko Jovanovic

    @Ted Goas I understand your and @Bojan Djuricic points. Maybe this isn't the right place to have a centralized notifications, after all. Personally, I would like to have something like this inside my browser.

    News/sports/ets sites wouldn't have notification icons, I agree it definitely wouldn't make sense in this case. Although, if I think more about integration of apps/sites and browsers, maybe there could be benefits for me as user to choose which information I would like to see from specific sites. A sort of a RSS reader, only it wouldn't be limited to RSS, of course. This direction could (maybe) help overcome RSS and provide better ways to handle updates of interest across the Web.

    Who knows. It's worth exploring.

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    6 months ago

  9. Bojan Djuricic Bojan Djuricic

    This is my idea of "a day in a browser":
    20% working & following (notifications & shit), 80% wandering & exploring (do whatever feels nice)

    Purpose: To stay lean and keep buffer in my head for new stuff.

    6 months ago

  10. Janko Jovanovic Janko Jovanovic

    Good that you mentioned that ratio 80:20.

    Because, I'm wondering should browser be something more than merely an "empty host" for sites and apps - to allow me to manage important things quickly and let me wander wherever I want.

    Like better way of handling notifications. And bookmarks, RSS feeds, quotes, screenshots, etc. There are plugins that tackle some of these, but I was wondering if browsers can become even more useful tools. And, more importantly, if there is a need for this.

    6 months ago

  11. Almedin Dacic Almedin Dacic

    I want this. Great idea @Janko Jovanovic ;)

    6 months ago

  12. Felipe Setlik Felipe Setlik

    I want this on my Chrome too!

    But, my friend, don't forget de capitalism, and the pageview currency.

    Facebook, Dribble, even Google depends on clicks in ads, what depends on visits.

    Your idea can become real only if it brings MORE visits to these sites, don't you agree?

    6 months ago

  13. Janko Jovanovic Janko Jovanovic

    @Felipe Setlik Good point, but all these apps&sites will get their pageviews anyways. This is just the way to notify user that something new has happened. When you click on a screenshot it would redirect you to the site, as it works now.

    6 months ago

  14. Felipe Setlik Felipe Setlik

    Yes, I mean this way people don't need to visit Facebook to check if they have notifications.

    But otherway, people don't visit all social sites everyday, so, the alert on Chrome could bring more visits...

    Anyway, I have an webapp, and I'll love to participate of it, if it become real.

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    6 months ago

  15. Bojan Djuricic Bojan Djuricic

    Generally, I like the idea of centralized notifications screen. And generally, it's up to every individual to keep their "bubbleboard" lean. @Janko Jovanovic, you should've put less bubbles in the first place, it would have been less scary :)

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    6 months ago

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