I found this very interesting.
Probably the top feature request we’ve had for Connect over the past three and a half years is for email notifications.
We’ve resisted adding them for a number of reasons, mostly due to resources, but I’ve always thought the need was overstated. People hate spam and bacn; this is a simple fact, like rain is wet or ice is cold.
Sure, we all start out with noble intentions, but if you’re like me, you’ve eventually unsubscribed from the notifications sent by this Google Group or that LinkedIn Group.
I always assumed that because I use Google Reader extensively to control my consumption that this wasn’t the case for others, but I’m finding that to be false.
Even though people complain about having to go to a web app, they actually prefer that method because they can control it.
So, first create content that people want and make sure to produce a feed, but hold off on the notifications, at least in the first few releases.