One of the com­mon requests from users of the Idea Exchange is to be able to get e-mail noti­fi­ca­tions when some­one sub­mits an idea that is of of rel­e­vance to them, or when some­one com­ments on one of those ideas. That way, you don’t have to remem­ber to log in peri­od­i­cally in order to vote on the lat­est requests—the reminders come directly to you.

I’m pleased to report that we have enabled the abil­ity to sub­scribe by e-mail to top­ics (prod­ucts) or the entire Idea Exchange feed. To sub­scribe, sim­ply go to the “Idea Exchange Options” drop-down menu and choose “Sub­scribe.” If you do this while an indi­vid­ual prod­uct is selected (by click­ing on that prod­uct name in the left-hand nav), you will be sub­scribed only to ideas involv­ing that product.

Subscribe to ideas in the Idea Exchange

I have been using this for about a week now, and it has greatly enhanced the way I inter­act with cus­tomers and col­leagues on the Idea Exchange. Now, instead of log­ging in every so often and try­ing to get caught up on a dozen ideas, I can check my inbox and log in only when I see some­thing that per­tains to me. If you later want to unsub­scribe, you can do that from the same place in the Idea Exchange, or by opt­ing out from within one of the e-mails you receive.

Now I’ve got a handy Out­look rule that puts all of these e-mails into a sep­a­rate folder so that a.) I see them clearly when they arrive, b.) I have an easy archive of idea noti­fi­ca­tions that I can peruse or fol­low up on when I have time.

So go ahead: log in, sub­scribe, and then come back and pro­mote the sug­ges­tions that would best solve your prob­lems. Happy vot­ing everyone!