GINAbot: The Best Notifcation Service in the Steemiverse

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New comments? New post by your favorite author? Miss a Block? Price feed out of date? Gina will send you a direct message on Discord for any one of these actions on the Steem Blockchain, and more!!!!

Ginabot has a New Look!!

If you've been following Gina for very long, you will notice that she has a new style. Much grattitude to @kemane for coming up with the design. As soon as I saw his work, I knew that you all would appreciate it too!

What can I do for you?

As I learn about the ins and outs of the Steem blockchain, and meet with lots of interesting people, @Ginabot is growing in ways I never expected. For the past few weeks I've been working on RPC rate limiting, and scalability issues. As far as notifications, I focused on witnesses, mostly, but everyone can find something new! There are now updates on so many things!

Settings for Everyone

  • Preferred Platform
    You get to choose from a variety of websites such as Busy, ChainBB, MSPSteem, SteemitStage, and more! This helps if you have a preference of one from the other, or if Steemit is not working right, then all of the links you get from gina will be routed to that platform.

  • Comments
    If you miss an answer to a comment, you might miss a follower. If you are a minnow, you should especially focus on comments, to engage with people and become a known person.

  • Mentions
    Similar to comments, it is very helpful to know when someone mentions your name, so you can go there and upvote if you like or disagree if that's suffices :)

  • Word watch
    This works like mentions but here you can set up any word, or sentence, for notifications (except a few very common words)

  • Follow, Unfollow + Mute
    Who doesn't want to hear about new followers maybe just to keep track of them or to say thank you?

  • Resteems
    What, your post was resteemed? That always makes my day! ;)

  • New post from any author
    If your feed is full of posts, you can set up a few users here just to make sure you never miss a post again.

  • New post with any tag
    Tired of refreshing the site every time you want to know if there is a post with contest or steemdev tag? Wait no more, the solution is to subscribe to any tag!

  • Blacklist user(s) and/or tag(s)
    If you definitely don't care about posts with cat tag, maybe you should blacklist them and I promise you won't hear a word anymore. You can also use this feature to avoid getting notified every second from someone who always mentions you.

  • Upvotes, downvotes and cancelling of votes
    I think it requires no explanation but please be aware that if you have many subscribers, you might be flooded with messages about upvotes. (I hold the right to automatically deactivate this feature if it results in too many messages)

  • Transfers
    Anytime STEEM or SBD is tranferred to or from your account.

  • Delegation
    Receiving or giving Steem Power? I can let you know exactly when it arrives! If you have just withdrawn a delegation, it will take 7 days to get it back. But you don't have to count the days because I can schedule a notification when it is back in your account.

  • Curation and Author Rewards (NEW)
    I know that Steemit is not only about money and you shouldn't see this place as a money making machine but still useful to know when your post pays out or your Curation reward arrives. If you post or upvote a lot, you can choose a scheduled report so that I will collect the data for you and let you know after a day/week/month how much is the what.

Witness Notifications

  • Producer reward (NEW)
    With every block you make some SP, right? But how much is it and when exactly do you produce a block? You will know instantly if you choose to enable this option. If your witness produces a lots of blocks, you might want to schedule your reports daily/weekly/monthly so it won't bother you that often.

  • Witness vote
    Ever wanted to know when someone voted for your witness? This notification shows how much SP you need to progress and of course you will know about various details of the voter too.

  • Missed block
    Missed blocks happen. Now you'll know right when it happens!!! With a maximum 15 seconds delay.

  • Node Recovery (NEW)
    Notification when your witness recovered and produced a block.

  • Price Feed (NEW)
    Keeping the price up to date is very important job of a witness, if your node does not broadcast a price feed for x hours I will let you know, just ask :)

How to Sign up for @GinaBot

  1. Join the Minnow Power Discord Server.
  2. Go to the #registration channel.
  3. type: ..reg SteemAccount replacing "SteemAccount" with your account name, no @ symbol.
    • Example: ..reg neander-squirrel
  4. Gina will instruct you further about sending her a transfer so she can verify that is your account.
  5. You can fill out your Settings Page by typing ..set

Make sure to choose the very first option on the settings page, to let Gina know to send you notifications!

There is also a ..help command if you ever forget what to do, remember ..help :) You can do all of this in DM with Gina, so once your signed up, you don't even have to go to the server, unless you have some issues, or just want to hang out.

We try to be as helpful as possible when users are having problems, we have a help channel if you need anything. Rest assured we'll get back to you as soon as possible, if there are problems with Gina.

Check here for a more detailed guide, written by @ilyastarar.

Plans for the near future

New server

The number of users already benefiting from the services is growing steadily therefore @ginabot must move to a bigger server to still be able to provide flawless operation. This however will result some downtime because while the deployment is under process, notifications can not be sent. I will minimize the required time as much as possible.
The exact date is uncertain yet as I need to find a good server first but it is expected in the coming days. I will announce the date a few hours before on Minnow-Power Discord #announce channel.

Mention @everyone at Minnow-Power

In the past week there were a few users who abused Discord's ability to mention @everyone. This resulted that many of the people suppressed this setting in the app. Since then I have made sure that only administrators and helpers can call on @everyone and we will do it only when it is absolutely necessary. Please consider turning this function back on, to ensure you don't miss any important announcements which might affect you.

Invites

In the last post I've promised that you will be able to invite @ginabot to your server for your users' benefit but this function will only come online if the new server is up and running. It will be announced here on my blog with detailed instructions, so stay tuned :)

Resources

Feel Free to Donate to the Cause

Gina is completely free, but please consider making a donation to @neander-squirrel who has been tirelessly working on her for many months, aiming to provide the best notifications service possible! @neander-squirrel still has to work a full-time job, and pay bills.

Any support offered will be greatly appreciated!!!

I would like to thank @inquiringtimes for his continuous support from the beggining!

My deepest appreciation for the following users for their donation:
@raggaemuffin @themarkymark @steemitri @faustofraser @smstickkz @gmuxx @samrg472 @beanz @patrice

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I am incredibly thankful for the mention of the GINAbot guide that I created two weeks ago. Amazing to see that you guys are improving regularly. I will have to create an updated guide soon. Again, thank you very much!!!

@ilyastarar, you are "killing" it man. Great job you are doing. Just got to follow you. You are a legend worth learning from.

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To See Is to Believe

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I am waiting for the updated guide

When you want to Flag them but see their Steem power lol

you do understand that Gina is not an upvote bot, right?

flagged for hijacking a top comment, with a comment that has nothing to do with this post.

😂😂😂

Excellent Post. I invite you to see my postcards. Here I leave the link http://bit.ly/2EEedPF

I can't wait to give it a try. I will prove very useful.

I have tried quite a lot of notification services on steemit , some didn't work at all and some stopped after a while. I hope this is consistent. Good job!

I'm looking forward to trying it out.

You did a really great work, now it looks a really efficent and friendly bot!

First the new look confused me for a second. But I can say that Gina is the best notification tool out there! And seeing you improve it all the time is awesome!

Thank you @reggaemuffin, I do my best as always ;)

Roger that :)

It is the best way to network with your peers and not miss the content most important to you. I wish I had been using it months ago! Thanks for your very valuable service. My introduceyourself reply content includes information on your bot too:

Bots

There are a lot of bots on Steemit. Some are useful and good, and others are not. If you see a cookie cutter reply, especially to your intro post, it is almost certainly a bot. Check the account's reputation. If it is low, I would recommend just ignoring them. Everything is public on Steemit, so you can go look at an account's comments and replies. Are they all the same? It's a bot.

There's one good bot worth mentioning for new users. It is called GINAbot, and you can use it to keep track of things the makerwannabe site above cannot easily do. For example, GINAbot will tell you when a key phrase is used, when you or someone else is mentioned by account name, or even if someone deletes a comment. The bot is extremely powerful and free. Simply add the following Discord server:

https://discord.gg/x9Empcm

When you connect to it, it will ask you to register and verify your account with a .0001 SBD or STEEM transfer. Then you will get a direct message from the bot with a private link to your configuration page. Go there to setup your options. The entire process takes 5 minutes, and it will be up and running. You can tweak the settings as you go too. I highly recommend people use it for networking purposes.

I have mine set to look for phrases like "residential security" and "private investigator" as two examples. Then I never miss out on content related to those, and it makes going there to engage in those conversations much easier. Without GINAbot, I would never have had the opportunity either! Check it out, and ask if you have any questions.

It is an awesome service!

This is very amazing. One of the best services using the steem network. I appreciate the work you have done greatly and want to make sure you know we appreciate all the hard work you have been doing.
P.S. the Gina graphic is very sick.

Thank you @nicnas, I will continue my hard work as best as I can!
P.S. hope you mean "sick" in a good way:D

Yes, it beautiful.

Cool, Interesting idea

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