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Progressive Web App: notifications

(but NOT Push Notifications)

     
9:15 pm on Nov 7, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Is it possible to give someone a notification through a PWA? I don't want to do a browser's push notification, that's no good. I specifically want to alert someone when they get a Private Message on my site (which is written to MySQL).

The problem I'm having is that people USED to sit on my site all day and chat with one another through PMs, but now the message goes more like:

Hi, do you have (Messenger|Snapchat|kik) so we can sit and chat all day without ever having to come back to this site?

Which, of course, means that I don't get the pageviews or ad impressions anymore... I'm just a funnel for messenger apps.

If I could just find a good way to notify the user when they get a message, then click to open my page in the PWA, I'd be golden...

I looked in to sending a text when they get a message, but that's gonna get expensive, FAST. And I really doubt that it would generate enough money to offset the cost.