I’ve just spent over an hour cleaning up the contacts on my phone – and not for the first time. This time it was LinkedIn that inserted their unwanted intrusions into my private space, but in the past it’s been Facebook, Google+ and probably others.
I think the problem is that the makers of social apps, services and similar platforms have difficulty in distinguishing online contacts from the real world. A distinction even geeks like me can figure out. So why can’t they get their heads round it? One assumes they’re reasonably intelligent people – although of course the intelligence required to program is not the same thing as “emotional intelligence”, if that even exists.
Let’s be crystal clear about this. A contact on, say, Google+ or LinkedIn is not a real world contact. I may wish to connect with someone on a particular platform for many purposes, few if any of which relate to any desire to email/phone/text them. For example, on Facebook and Google+ I might “friend” people purely so as to add them as neighbors in some game. Other platforms have other priorities.
So I go to phone someone, and there suddenly are hundreds of strangers’ faces and names cluttering up the list. Who wants this? Do you know anybody who really wants to scroll down for several seconds to get to anyone they actually want to contact? No. I thought not.
In the past, as on this occasion in fact, I’ve gone down the list and “deleted” (well, you get a message that you can’t delete, you can only hide. Good enough) all the extraneous peeps. Thankfully, there were only a couple of hundred of them.
I’m afraid I got so mad, that I went to LinkedIn to find out how to turn off syncing, and finding none, I just deleted all the contacts on there that I don’t actually know irl (sorry if you were one of them). I don’t have anything against them as people – I just don’t want them filling up my phone list! I won’t be phoning/emailing/texting any of them any time soon, probably never.
When will this be sorted out? There is no way round this that I can find.
I tried putting all my “actual” real life contacts into a new group “My Contacts” reasoning that I could just look at that group, and never have to do the same thing again. No. That doesn’t work. Oh sure, you can look at a group, but the layout is unusable. Why can’t it be a straight alphabetical list like the full one? No. It has to be 2 images on a line, then another 2. Even more scrolling. Doh.
I am fed up with this. Every time I get a new phone I have to do it all over again (because you can’t delete you can only hide, and this doesn’t seem to be passed on to the new device).
For heaven’s sake. Somebody sort this out. Or bring out an app that hides contacts from “social” apps/services automatically.