During this summer the Pushed development team has been pretty busy building cool stuff. This is the new features you can find now in Pushed (and other previous exciting stuff):
Push Analytics: Track your users engagement and access to who, when and how many times your notifications are being opened and shared.
Schedule Notifications: Set the delivery date & time to send your notifications. Our servers will take good care of the shipment keeping you updated.
Rich Notifications: Pushed notifications allows multiple content options: attach links, images/videos that will be properly displayed on Pushed app clients (iOs, Android and Browser).
QR Subscriptions: Take advantage of QR Subscriptions Codes and embed it on your site so your audience can easily subscribe to your notifications.
Pushed API: Pro User? We got your back. Pushed offers a Rest API so you can easily integrate your thing with Pushed.
Wordpress Integration: Pushed Official WordPress plugin allows you to send push notifications to iOs, Android and Desktop devices using Pushed application, every time you publish a new post. The plugin integrates your WordPress blog with your Pushed app. It’s completely free.
We want to build a useful service for users and developers, that’s why we wanted to let you know that if you require further integration with your project, contact us and we will be happy to help. We also accept new features requests we will try to add to our work pipeline.
Sending push notifications with Pushed is deadly easy and does not require any coding skills. Let us show you how quick is to setup your Pushed account to send push notifications :)
1. Download Mobile App & Signup
Pushed is available for iOs and Android devices, download and signup to get started. It’s free. Google Play App Store
2. Request Developer Access
In order to send push notifications, you need to request developer access. Don’t worry, it’s an immediate process, all you need is a valid e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail message with a verification link you must confirm. Click Here to Request Developer Access.
This link will open Pushed Developer Panel, in which you will have to Sign In using the same credentials with which you sign up before in the mobile app.
Check your e-mail address now, the one you used to Sign In a moment ago, yep, the same with which you sign up before in the mobile app. You should now receive the following e-mail from us. Click on the Confirm My Email Address button to complete your developer registration.
Great! You now own a Pushed Developer Account, which means you can send push notifications. This account is completely free. Forever. Let us guide you through the process of sending your first notification. Any issue? Contact Us.
3. Create your app
Apps are the core of Pushed notifications, they are made by the community, alias Developers, Freelance, Companies, Organizations, etc… that means people like you. Apps acts as the containers of the notifications, as every notification belongs to an app.
Confusing? Let’s create your first app and you will quickly understand. To create your first app open the Apps section of the Developer Panel and click on Create your first app now. The following modal window will open:
You can always edit your apps name and description, so don’t head with the naming process.
You should now see the App Settings page, where you can edit all the details of your recently created app.
Be aware that you’re recently created app, and all apps by default, is private. That means that it won’t appear in Pushed Discover, the marketplace for Pushed apps, and nobody will be able to subscribe without the subscription link. This is ok for now, as we’re only doing some tests. Keep in mind this for production environments.
4. Subscribe to your recently created app
In order to receive push notifications on your mobile device, you have to subscribe to the recently created app using de QR subscription code. On your app Settings section, click on QR Subscription Code, the QR Subscription Code for your app will appear:
Open Pushed mobile app (you download it in the first step). Tap on the icon (located right at the top). The search view will open, now tap again on the icon (located right at the top), device camera will turn on, now scan the QR code of your app.
You just subscribed to your new app. Now you are ready to send notifications.
5. Send your first notification
Open your Developer Portal and click on New Notification, this following modal window will pop up, insert some notification content and click Send Notification:
In a few seconds you should receive in your device the notification:
You got it! Easy right? That’s exactly what we wanted. Now it’s turn to build something amazing and be notified when it happens!
We are glad to announce that Bugsnag, the full-stack and cross platform crash detection service, integrates now Pushed as a new service to get error notifications that are sent directly to your Pushed account.
Pushed itself uses Bugsnag as a tracking error system and we can tell for sure that it allows us to really focus on our product and customers, helping Pushed engineers to save a lot hours that we can now spend on other features that really matters.
Apple introduced with OS X Mavericks a powerful new way to keep users engaged by using the Apple Push Notifications Service to send notifications to users, right on their Mac desktop — even when Safari isn’t running. Safari Push Notifications work just like push notifications for apps. They display Pushed notifications message, which Pushed users can click to go right to your website.
We are pleased to announce that after some successful beta testing, Pushed allows now to receive Safari Push notifications. This new delivery method adds to our native iOs and Android apps, and offers Pushed users a new way to receive push notifications.
Enabling Safari Notifications on Pushed is dead easy, you just have to open your Pushed Timeline with Safari browser and a popup window will prompt asking for your permission.
That’s it, you will now receive in your Mac all your Pushed notifications. Of course you can disable notifications at any time you want by opening Safari preferences and clicking on Notifications tab.
Keep in mind that Safari Push Notifications are only available since OS X Mavericks (version 10.9).
On April 27th, Pushed was officially released. I’ve been wanting to write this post since the very first day Pushed was online and now, in the middle of a flight and with no internet connection, I find the peace to do it.
First of all, I would like to say thanks to all the people that trusted Pushed from the very begining. Investors trust ideas, but mostly the person behind these ideas. And I will be forever thankful for that.
It’s surprising how accurate I am when I talk about when I came up with the idea of Pushed. Since I finished university, I’ve always wanted to be part of the Internet (if that thing exists). I did found several companies and internet-based projects, but they always came with Partners. The first lesson that I have learned the hard way is that you have to choose carefully with whom you want to start a business.
Moving on. It was December 17th, I was tossing ideas around in my head and the Christmas holiday was around the corner. I was parking my luggage to spend a couple days in Barcelona. A few days befote, I bought an interesting home camera to monitor the house while I was away. Setting it up was pretty easy, but gaining high value from it wasn’t. The camera worked well considering it’s value, but I wasn’t interested in continually watching the feed from the mobile app. Rather, I wanted to be notified if something happened on it. I am a telecommunications engineer and I’ve been coding since I was 16. Thus, my first approach was to develop a code-solution to take a picture every time there was movement on the camera. Great, I had a plan.
After a few hours of exploring, solutions came along. I was able to post to an FTP the images every time there was movement, but if I wasn’t notified at the right time, it was useless. E-mail is the first option in terms of messaging, but it is no longer the only option in the new Internet era. E-mail usage is heavy, and in my opinion, mail communications shouldn’t be used for casual notifications. They need a new and more suitable channel, light if possible. The answer is Push Notifications. Push notifications don’t get permanently stored in an inbox; they are technologically designed to be real time, and are relatively easy to use.
Perfect, push notifications then. I started to look at apps that can connect to a third party and found a few options. At that time, I had known IFTTT for a long time, but honestly had never used it. I tried to concoct a recipe, but the IFTTT platform is not conducive to building new channels, rather it only allows users to use the official ones. Next option: Pushover. Pushover is a simple app that lets you send/receive push notifications and, at the beginning, it fit my needs with a simple setup with which I could send notifications to myself. But, I wanted my girlfriend to also receive notifications, and also some nearby friends so they could check out the home if something happened. Mmm, now Pushover is over, as long as I have to buy the app for every device and track them down. Not cool.
That’s when I thought, why don’t I create my own security cam push notification service? The idea grew to be larger in scale. I discovered that this kind of notification system could be useful for more ways than just security cam purposes. Imagine, for example, a place where I could be notified if my last online order was shipped or when car taxes have to be paid. Then I said, wait, why don’t I create a platform where users can publish their own notification apps and let others subscribe for free in an open marketplace?
And there you go, after a few months, during March of 2014, I quit my job, looked for some investment (FFF) and bet all my earnings on Pushed.
What is Pushed? Pushed is a platform that allows you to send real-time notifications to iOs, Android and Desktop devices. With Pushed you can send Push notifications to your users for free and without writing a single line of code. The workflow is simple: content creators create their apps using the Pushed Developer portal, and users subscribe to these apps using Mobile Apps (available for iOs and Android) or Desktop Devices (Safari Browser Notifications).
My main goal was to make an easy to use platform so everyone could send their own notifications and share their apps with others, or keep them private, if the users wanted. More complex integrations are also possible using Pushed API, the real game changer in terms of business connection.
The welcome Pushed received was overwhelming and I got a lot of feedback from users, friends and developers. There’s no such thing as bad feedback, I really appreciate every single comment people make to me about Pushed, even if it’s to say they don’t like it. Although, I have to say that I haven’t received any I-don’t-like-it feedback, I did have some issues with Pushed’s main goal comprehension.
When I pitch Pushed, I like to sum it up like this: Pushed lets you be notified when something important happens by sending you push notifications. At least that was my main message during the last months of development.
So on April 27th, when I released Pushed people expected to be able to subscribe right away to some apps that send push notifications. The problem was that such services didn’t exist in Pushed yet. At this moment, I recognised that I failed to explain exactly what is Pushed. I built the platform to send the notifications, not the services. People expected the services from minute one, but it will take some time to develop buzz around Pushed and interesting services to be created. I got conscious of that the day after I released Pushed. It wasn’t a big mistake, in fact, it was a necessary mistake in order to refactor the marketing strategy. My current goal isn’t final users, but users who can create and develop services in Pushed and spread the word about it in their niches.
And so we did! We completely redesigned Pushed’s landing page to carefully explain what Pushed is and focus on the PaaS (Platform As A Service) message. Pushed is a tool to create interesting Pushed notifications, but Pushed itself is not a content generator.
Over the weeks since the release, we have stuck to solving minor bugfixes, analyzing user behaviour and rescheduling features updates to fit feedback needs. It’s been a hell of a month, in a good way of course. And I have to tell you, every time I see Pushed’s sexy logo it makes me horny!