To make things a little more user-friendly, WordPress.com has launched a new Notifications feature. If you look at your admin bar when logged in at WordPress.com, you should notice a new field in the right corner. Whenever someone follows your blog or likes one of your posts, you’ll get a notification. If you hover over one of the notifications, another panel will extend and allow you to follow the people who followed you or liked your post. It’s all done in a way that’s similar to the Google+ notification system.
Automattic’s Martin Remy describes it in the announcement as a combination of Google’s toolbar and Facebook’s Ticker. In future updates, they will add the ability to go back and look at all of your notifications. Currently you can only see the nine most recent activities.
WordPress.com Notifications Gallery
Right now there really isn’t an equivalent plugin for self-hosted WordPress users, but then again that makes sense. The use case here is pretty specific to WordPress.com’s users. Can you think of a way to use this Notifications feature for self-hosted users of WordPress?