I’ve been on Google+ for a few days now, and I noticed that it has the same crucial feature missing as Facebook and all the others have. So, I’ll be writing about it and maybe inspire someone to add it.
I’m talking, of course, about the ability for me to edit and add to my contacts profile data. If my friend Martin hasn’t entered his phone number, why can’t I? Visible only to me, of course.
But the real killer feature would be the ability to add comments and tags, and access them. Notes about my friends that they can’t see, only I. It could be something as simple as “call him on monday” or notes about their preferences, likes and dislikes I want to keep handy. Or it could be as intimate as if you’ve slept with them and whether you enjoyed it. Basically, anything that you might want to remember about them.
For bonus points, make it not just a comment field, but any number of arbitrary fields (see phone number, above) and also tags that I can search by. So when I run the next Artemis game night, a simple search on my contacts will show me who I know is interested in it.
I know I can do some of this with Circles in Google+, and I probably will. But until they offer subcircles or some other method to organize, that would mean a lot of circles. I’d rather have tags, because giving a contact 20 tags is a lot simpler than creating 20 circles and dragging him into all of them.
Plus it still doesn’t allow me to put Martins phone number anywhere.
So Google, please? I don’t feel like writing my own social networking software right now, plus I don’t think all my friends want to join yet another one just so I have an auto-updating address book.
If you like the idea, share this post around so people notice and maybe Google notices, too.
- Can Google+ Beat Facebook? (chris.pirillo.com)
- Google+ has great features – now it just needs people (gigaom.com)