I'd like to announce the public beta of a site that I've been working
on over the last year:
Loopnote is an easy-to-use, Ruby-on-Rails-based notification web app.
The basic idea behind it is that users can create loops, which other
users can then subscribe to via e-mail, IM, text message or RSS. Loop
owners can send out notifications to their loop which subscribers will
receive using their chosen channel(s). Subscriber information is kept
private at all times.
How is this useful? Can't this already be done using X, Y and Z? To
quote from a blog post on loopnote, because he explained it better than
I ever could:
"Let's say I run a softball league and I need a way to send
schedules, results, and schedule change notifications out to all the
players. Unless I'm particularly tech savvy, I'm not likely to
think to myself, "why don't I sign up for a blogger account, burn
the feed using Feedburner, and then use the Feedburner email
subscription option. Each of my posts will then be sent out to all the
players who subscribe." I am far more likely to use a service like
Loopnote that is sold as a way to send notifications.
Loopnote not only makes it clear to the average Joe what you can do
with the service and why you would want to do it, Loopnote also makes
that one particular thing easy to do."
We hope that you'll come and check out loopnote, and we'd be happy to
answer any questions about how it works behind the scenes on our forum.