October 6, 2010

Notifo – Never Miss a Notification

Stop sitting around at home waiting to receive notice of an important event, and go explore the world instead. With Notifo, you can receive instant notifications to your mobile phone from any number of online services for free. The application connects users with their favorite Internet services, and offers those services a way to push notifications to people’s mobile phones. Users can rest assured they’ll never be the last one to know when their name is mentioned on Twitter, or when someone replies to a comment they made online.

Although the main event at Notifo is the free iPhone application, you don’t actually need a web-enabled phone to get started using the site. Just create a username, enter your email address, and sign up to receive Notifo notifications directly on your desktop rather than your phone. To take full advantage of Notifo, though, you’ll need to download the app for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Once you’ve logged in and gone through the test message process, your phone will be ready to receive instant push notifications from whichever services you select. The application lets you choose which popular services you’d like to receive push notifications from, including Google Voice,, Listia, Femtoo, and others. Select your notification settings for each service—specifying any “quiet hours” and volume settings—and you’re ready to go.

Notifo’s list of supported services is continually growing, and future incarnations of the application will let users send images and messages to their friends for free. Although similar services have been created to send text message alerts, Notifo has raised the bar by using push notifications instead. For anyone who’s tired of going over their allotted text messaging limits each month, Notifo is an app that can provide a great service for very little cost.

Practical Uses:

  • Find out when someone replies to a comment you wrote online
  • Track any website and find out when changes have been made
  • Receive instant notification if your name is mentioned on Twitter
  • Get Google Voice alerts delivered to your mobile phone

Insider Tips:

  • Select which services you do and don’t want to use
  • Choose “quiet hours” when you don’t want any push notifications to come through
  • Keep separate notification settings for each service you subscribe to
  • Get notifications on your desktop rather than your iPhone
  • Notifo will send a notice when you get close to your maximum free notifications

What we liked:

  • Notifo uses push notifications rather than text message alerts
  • The handpicked group of supported services isn’t overwhelming
  • Users can receive notifications via the desktop application
  • Notification settings let people select “quiet hours” when they don’t want to be disturbed

What we didn’t like:

  • As more services are added to Notifo’s roster, the application will be even more useful


Company Info:

  • Launched: March 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, and San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Chad Etzel and Paul Stamatiou
  • Web site:


  • Free

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