- “Your virus database has been updated.”
- “Your plugin is up to date.” (major software vendor)
I’ve noticed that a few software programs like to notify that “everything is okay”. Notifying the user after his action is perfectly okay since he is expecting some sort of feedback. But are unasked (or should I call them unexpected) notifications necessary?
I presume these boxes are nothing more but waving indicators trying to enhance their UX: “Hello. I am here. Remember me? I’m on your system! Don’t forget me! I am great! I do everything by my self! I’m taking care of you!” Since these notifications create additional costs to design, program and maintain I deduce that they are deliberately wanted.
Can you back me up with some hard facts telling me that we also have to implement (for me annoying) notifications in our software? Do they enhance the experience in some way that justifies their existence?