Introducing: IRL Alerts. Find out when someone posts an IRL event taking place near you via MeFi Mail.
Ever since we launched IRL
in August we've had a steady stream of requests for making IRL events more visible. We've discussed several options
, weighed their pros and cons, and decided to go with nightly MeFi Mail Alerts. Around midnight Pacific Time, the server will check and see if any new events have been posted near you within the last 24 hours. If so, you'll get a MeFi Mail listing the events. The alerts will include all event categories and proposed events. If that sounds like something you'd like to get, here's how you can turn on IRL alerts:
- Make sure you set a longitude/latitude for your profile if you haven't already.
- Check the value for Nearby is in your site preferences to make sure it's realistic. The default is 100 miles, but "near" will be wildly different depending on where you live. (Google is a handy way to convert km to miles if you need to.)
- Check the new "Receive IRL alerts?" option in your site preferences and click "Save your Preferences" at the bottom of the page.
That will tell us you want IRL Alerts. If you have the option checked to "Forward MeFi Mail to email?" you'll also receive IRL Alerts in your email inbox. And of course IRL Alerts won't be an option if you don't have a longitude/latitude set or if you have MeFi Mail disabled.
Post here if you have any questions, concerns, or problems. Thanks!