A task alert is a notification about a recently posted task we think you’d be interested in doing. We match you to these tasks via your past behavior or keywords you’ve set up in your Airtasker account.
We can send you these alerts via push notifications to your phone, so you’re always up to date on relevant tasks in your area. These notifications only show the task title, so it might not always be clear why you’ve received the alert until you view the task itself.
See below for information on:
- How do I set up my task alerts?
- How do I optimize my task alerts?
- How do I avoid receiving task alerts for tasks I'm not interested in?
How do I set up my task alerts?
How do I optimize my task alerts?
You can further optimize your task alerts by setting a specific location, specifying in person or online and providing keywords. You can do this under the task alerts settings page, by following the steps above.
If you’re using keywords, we recommend having a clear and concise description (up to 5 words long) of what you want to see.
The more specific you are with your keywords, the more precise the notifications will be. Precise examples include ‘small hedge trimming’, ‘Squarespace website development’ or ‘IKEA furniture assembly'. These keywords are useful if you only want to see a narrow range of tasks.
If you would like a broader range of tasks sent to you, you can be vaguer with your keywords. Broad keywords include ‘gardening’, ‘painting’ or ‘photography’. The vaguer you are with your keywords, the greater variety of tasks you’ll see.
How do I avoid receiving task alerts for tasks I'm not interested in?
If you don’t have any keywords set, we would first recommend adding some to avoid receiving task alerts that you’re not interested in. This will make your alerts more personalized.
The next step is to check the task alert keywords you’ve added. If a version of each keyword is in either the title or description, a task alert will be sent.
This might mean you'll receive alerts that seem irrelevant to the tasks you usually do. The notifications you receive only contains the task title, so it's not always obvious why a task alert is sent by looking at the title alone.
For example, if you have a keyword of ‘paint’, you may see tasks such as ‘clean my car, don’t scratch the paint’.
If you’re finding yourself being notified of tasks you don’t want to complete, we suggest considering more specific task alert keywords and optimizing your settings using the tips in the above section.