Phones can make us jerks. They let us ignore friends, cancel plans last-minute, and annoy those around us in public. But this month, we got a whole new way to abuse our mobile devices. Unless we can manage how we interrupt each other, it could ruin one of the most promising modern communication mediums: livestreaming.
“Josh Constine is live: I’m bored so watch me”
“LIVE – Josh Constine is desperate for attention”
“Josh Constine is live: Vague, click-bait description”
“Live – Josh Constine is actually doing something interesting”
“Josh Constine is live: nope, back to distracting you for no reason”
This is basically how notifications from livestreaming apps Periscope and Meerkat work. Occasionally urgent and compelling, frequently noisy. Suddenly, anyone can make all their friends’ pockets buzz whenever they feel like it.
That’s a huge a responsibility we’re not necessarily ready for.
Until now, push notifications weren’t usually a broadcast. You…
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