I’ve dipped my toes in to the waters of app.net (I’m @Konrad there) and must say that I quite enjoy the experience. Quite a bit of resourceful individuals also frequent that venture, so the ecosystem is coming along nicely — the number of new clients to try is increasing rapidly, and new things are being tried out. Exciting times.
Picking up from an old post of mine and putting into words a few ideas I have been carrying around for a while now, I am going to start a list of features that I would love to see in an ADN client. I wouldn’t mind if they also showed up in Twitter clients, but I’m not so hopeful that innovation will continue in that space.
- intelligent username references. I’d love to see if the @-notated links in messages indicated whether I already follow a user or not; this could so very easily be achieved with color-coding the link, or giving them little icons.
- Make interactions asynchronous wherever that is possible. I am not so particularly curious as to when the client stars a message that I am looking at. I’d much rather it remembers my intention to do so and tries until it succeeds over reporting back to me that it was currently impossible. To my tastes, it could just as well pretend that the starring has already happened even if it hasn’t — so colorcode the stars when it’s just a local change queued no be sent out.
- Queues, lists, whatever: right now, I have two distinct uses of starring postings. One is to let others know I particularly liked something, the other is a reminder for me to look at something again — googling it, following up to it, looking at a book reference. I would so much like to be able to seperate the two things; having the stars for the outside communication and something like a flag for myself.
- [Added Nov 15] Timestamps on when the post was written. I think it makes quite a bit of sense to know what the local time of day was for the author of the post and less for me, the reader. So having a way to see what time the author wrote the post at would be quite grand.
I’m sure other things will come to mind eventually. And I am even more convinced other people will come up with more interesting, more clever and just better ideas. But I just had to write this up!