This is how unread messages should be displayed in Messages for Mac. Why do I care about how many messages there are?
over 1 year ago
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... I will be out of excuses for not replying to my girlfriend.
Great idea. :)
That's a pretty interesting idea. Did you file this as a bug?
@Matt I did not.
@Chris Masterson seems like it may be a good idea for a feature request.
Not sure how practical this would be. While I love the execution in your example...many people merely look for a red shape to decide whether or not to check.
Again, nice idea....just not sure how well it would work in context.
Personally I see it as more of a color identification, but I really appreciate your comment! I can understand how people might identify a red circle as a reason to check: I had actually considered putting the avatar inside a circle, but decided against it as I think the color is more of the identifier.
It would display "30". In that case, it's logical.
I like it, but are you thinking it would actually flash between the names? Useful, but would be very distracting.
I was thinking that it would switch between, yes. The timing on the gif isn't quite right, though. It's too fast!
@Chris Masterson But what if it's a pretty long name, like Bartholomew? Guess it could be displayed shorter, just 3 characters and '...' at the end.
@Paul Ungureanu Yep, that was the idea.
@Chris Masterson I'd really like to see more smart icons that go beyond just bubble notifications... I think there's a lot of untapped potential here.
@Paul Ungureanu While I'll agree there's potential to expand, I think it's important to retain simplicity, or else it will start to lose meaning and solidity.
@Chris Masterson I wholeheartedly agree :)
Notification centre will kind of take care in that I'd imagine? If there was something animating in my dock then that would be annoying. Especially if you can't reply to someone right away.
great idea !
Scalability issues aside, you should ask yourself 'why' this solution is better than the existing badge notification solution and is there a better solution than a notification badge and 'why' is it better. Notification badges we're created to grab your attention as @Shaun Moynihan pointed out. That's 'why' they exist in their current form. They're not meant to be fully informational or provide a complete context of background interactions or data you have missed. They just help in closing a feedback loop.
@Jon Kantrowitz Right. They are supposed to provide a solution, and do it in a simple manner that is easily recognizable and solid. If you are proposing that users do not recognize any shape other than a circle, I disagree. Perhaps the circle could just be red with no number or name inside? Twitter does this, http://idzr.org/4d2p which makes sense, although is less useful than I would like. My point was that a name means so much more to me than a number ever will. I'm not interested to see that someone has sent me 5 messages, but I want to know if my friend Netta messaged me.
I will say that with what @Christopher Downer points out, it almost makes this solution useless. I had forgotten about that in Mountain Lion!
@Chris Masterson I was suggested there may be a better solution to create than leveraging the existing red badge design paradigm. I completely agree with the notion that a name has more informational value than the total number of background messages received. I'm also suggesting that since badge implementations such as this are designed for glance centric interactions, displaying names may not be the right information or necessary at all.
@Jon Kantrowitz Right! :) Maybe something like what Twitter has done would work better.
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