What the Heck Is Pushbullet?
Pushbullet is free software which you install on your mobile devices, desktops, and/or as a plugin in your web browser. You can even access Pusbullet online without installing any software.
UPDATE: Pushbullet is no longer in service!
Once installed, Pushbullet lets you “push” things from one device to another, or one device to ALL devices. You can also send and receive SMS messages from your computer, without ever having to touch your phone. 🙂
How Do I Sign-up for Pushbullet?
Visit https://www.pushbullet.com/. You don’t even need to create an account. You can securely sign-in using your Facebook or Google account. Dead-simple.
What Can I Push?
Text, pictures, and links. As mentioned above, you can also send and receive SMS messages from your computer.
Pushbullet also has Channels you can subscribe to, to receive alerts from your favorite companies. See The Computer Peeps’ Pushbullet channel below. 🙂
How Can I Use This In My Consignment Shop?
Maybe it’s just a message. Let’s say, you’re at home and you remember, “Crap! We didn’t put up our sale signage!” You could simply push a quick pop-up to all of the computers at your store, to let your employees know they need to get the signage up before the store opens.
Or maybe an employee is at an in-home buyout and has a question about a set of items. Instead of texting you and you possibly missing the text, they can push the picture with a note to all of the computers at the store. You’d see the pop-up no matter which computer you’re at or which device you’re using. 🙂
Pushbullet also mirrors your mobile devices notifications, so if anything happens on your phone – e.g. new voice mail, a notification from a specific app, etc. it’s immediately mirrored to your computers:
Who the Heck Develops Pushbullet?
A team of developers who are transparent with their product/service and who actively participate in community feedback for both feature requests, as well as bugs. Something the major consigment software vendors could definitely learn from.
Is Pushbullet Secure?
As with any 3rd party service that interconnects devices through the Web, security is a concern. Pushbullet recently added end-to-end encryption. This says a LOT about the company and its developers, considering the consignment software vendors sell their software for $1,000+ and they don’t even encrypt your (and your consignors’ + customers’) data as they upload it from your computer to the Web. 🙁
If you utilize Pushbullet for sending and receiving texts, any images you send are hosted on their servers. Users have raised concerns about both privacy, as well as accessibility. Pushbullet utilizes obfuscation to make ‘guessing’ image names virtually impossible.
Just remember, your Facebook and Google images are also 100% public, so if someone knows the URL, any of your private images are 100% available to the public.
Pushbullet lets you ‘subscribe’ to Channels. So you can subscribe to a Channel and as soon as the Channel posts a new message, blog entry, etc. you’ll be instantly notified on all of your devices!
The Computer Peeps have already established a Pushbullet channel for store owners, so if you’d like to be notified the instant The Computer Peeps post a new blog article, you can subscribe by clicking the following button:
As always, if you have any questions or if you’d like to know how Pushbullet can help your consignment or resale store, feel free to comment below, send us a message on our Contact Us page, or give us a buzz toll-free @ (888) 374-5422.