We’ve been working to improve notifications to you over the past year, so that you’ll know when Hubs, comments, questions, answers, and forum posts are published on the site that you might want to know about. 2011 saw plenty of customization options, as well as improved digest and instant notifications, so that you could personalize when and how we notified you via email.
Starting on Monday, and on a limited basis at first (approximately 10% of users, randomly chosen), a notifications pane, similar to the one you might have seen used on Facebook and Google+, will let you know about site activity that might interest you, including comments left on Hubs you’re following, Forum posts on threads you’re following, new answers to any questions you’re following, and the like. Using requires simply clicking on the number, which represents how many unread notifications you have, and then clicking on the notification itself. If you have more than 6 notifications, clicking on the final row of the notification pane will take you to a listing of your most recent notifications.
After this initial trial rollout, when we’ll be fixing any bugs and adding additional polish and other utility enhancements, we’ll roll out this exciting new feature to everyone.
Take a look at a screenshot furnished by Simone below, to get an idea of what to expect: