With the initial release of App Notifications just around the corner I wanted to clarify some features and best practices for implementing app to user communications.
The first piece of App Notifications we’ll be releasing will allow you to send notifications directly from the OpenSocial 0.8 container. This is the ideal method for sending “action prompting” messages to the user from the app, such as “Your Turn” indicators. Sending notifications from the container will ultimately be limited to ten (10) recipients and they must be friends of the User.
The next component (which will be released shortly after the container functionality) will allow developers to send notifications directly from a REST end point. Using the REST end point, developers can send notifications to any of their app users, making it ideal for digest or informational type messages. You’ll be limited to passing a maximum of one thousand (1000) recipients per call to this end point and it will be throttled (for obvious infrastructure reasons).
The entire team has worked very hard to get this functionality out and we’re excited to see the great new apps the community creates using it!