With the launch of OS X Mavericks, Apple also introduced a new(and we think cool) feature: Desktop Push Notifications. In short you can use the Apple Push Notifications Service to send messages to your website users, right on their Mac desktop — even when Safari isn’t running.
Here’s a video to get a clear idea of how it looks:
As a reader, this means that I can subscribe to my favorite website and receive a desktop push the moment it publishes a new article.
As a publisher, this means a new and engaging channel for spreading new content.
That is why, we are preparing to launch a plugin that easily integrates this feature on any WordPress powered site. And its name is Push Monkey.
So what will the initial version of the plugin offer?
- It will let you select the categories to send out push messages when you publish a new post.
- It will let you send out a custom post (text, link).
- A potentially unlimited number of Push Notifications sent(we will have an exact number when we launch).
- You automatically save the $99 dollars per year that you would normally need to pay for the Apple Developer Program(required in order to send these push notifications).
We’ve already tested the plugin on iDownloadblog and FunkySpaceMonkey. Of course you need a Mac running Mavericks to see it in action. We currently read over 10000 subscribers. Conversion rates and other interesting data to come.
So how many Mac users running on Mavericks are we talking about?
A bit over 36.000.000. OS X Mavericks has a 2.42% market share. The number of computers worldwide right now is about 1.5 billion.
Bare in mind that the Apple has a computer market share of 7.56% so expect the numbers mentioned above to double this year.
Are you interested and want this awesome powerup for your websites and readers?