Email, Twitter and IM notifications

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Wouldn’t it be nice to set your email or browser test running, then be alerted the moment it’s finished? From today, Litmus can send you these notifications by email, Twitter, Gtalk or AIM.

To set up your notifications, just start a new test in your Litmus account. Once your test is processing you’ll be offered a link to configure your notifications:

This follows nicely from my previous post about setting expectations. By being able to get on with other tasks whilst your test is processed, it feels quicker because you’re being more productive with your time.

This feature works particularly well if you’re using a static email test address. First set up your email notifications, then send us the newsletter to be tested (to your static address). As soon as your results are ready, you’ll get an email back with a direct link to view them. It’s much simpler than visiting your account to hunt down the results.

If you’re building your own web applications, you might be interested to know that we’re using MessagePub for our Gtalk and AIM notifications. They have a great API that makes it easy to start sending custom IM alerts without needing to maintain your own bots.