Please add the following features:
- I love how when I hover over someone’s name I can subscribe to them and see if they’re subscribed to me. Please also let us add a few sentences to introduce ourselves.
- When I hover over someone I’m not subscribed to I’d love to have a link to a “Similarity Matrix” - something showing how often we’ve “Liked” the same threads and how often we’ve commented on the same thread.
- When I look at the list of people subscribed to me, PLEASE make it obvious for me to tell which ones I’m not subscribed to.
- Similarly, please give me the option to always subscribe to someone whenever they subscribe to me. I do this anyway. I figure that if they later turn out to be spammers I’ll be able to easily block them.
- I don’t like the idea of giving out kudos, brownie points or positive karma to FF users, but I do think I’d like users to be able to mark someone as an obnoxious troll. We could each set a threshold for trolliness and once a user hits the threshold we wouldn’t see any content from them. Can this be done without allowing a huge amount of griefing? Maybe if the threshold only looks at your friends’ negative karma points or whatever. Currently though, this isn’t a big problem.
- Let us set up new FF views - how about a tab that only shows threads with X or more Likes and X or more Comments? I don’t want to lose the ability to see everything, but I’d like a way to occasionally dial down the noise.
That’s enough for now.
So, Real Steve announced the new 3G iPhones today and there’s lots to love. GPS, Mobile Me, faster speeds, etc etc. If you’ve seen the WWDC coverage you’ve seen it all. My initial impression was something along the lines of: “Omg omg omg omg omg! Want want want want want!” But now that I’ve had lunch and a few minutes to think it over, I think I’m still going to pass this time.
To buy an iPhone would require me to get a new contract with AT&T. Currently I have a contract with T-Mobile (through 2009). So, in addition to my T-Mobile monthly bill I’ll have a minimum $30/month for a data plan plus another minimum $40/month for their basic talk plan. So, $1000 more or less to own an iPhone for 2 years in addition to what I’ll be paying T-Mobile.
This is what’s totally wrong about mobile phone carriers in the United States. We’re forced into epochal 2 year contracts with whoever we buy from just so they’ll lop off a couple hundred dollars off the price of a new phone. Two years is a ridiculously long time in an era where even hardware tech is accelerating at a super fast rate.
I’ll stick with my iPod Touch. The Touch is what’s totally right about Apple. I have almost all of the coolest features of the iPhone with NO monthly contract.
The Touch shows us the proper path. Here’s what I want that will send me to Nerd Heaven:
- New iPod Touch with GPS built in. Already a Garmin killer.
- Also add a 2 MP camera to the iPod Touch.
- Free Public Wi-Fi everywhere! Apple can’t deliver that, but we need to keep advocating for it as much and as often as we can. I complain to management nowadays when I eat at a restaurant that doesn’t provide free Wi-Fi.
- The Killer bit of tech we need - a simple microphone for the iPod Touch. Microphone + SDK + Wi-Fi == better than iPhone. Free calls anywhere.
I think I’ll be very happy with the App Store when that’s opened. Us Touch owners had better not be excluded from much of the content there.
So, overall, today’s announcement was exciting primarily for new AT&T customers. Otherwise it was kind of a dud.