Dynamically updated availability of Contacts


Chris Ziegler just posted an idea called the “Universal Status Indicator” which was actually something I always wished for but didn’t really think through.

Since data connected smartphones are becoming more and more ubiquitous, it seems like a logical next step.

Here are some brainstorming ideas.

  • Groups for organizing contacts, as well as specifying how much information you are comfortable sharing.
  • Integration with multiple calendars (Meetings, Vacations, etc)
    -> Share “I’m Busy” versus “I’m in a meeting” versus “In Meeting from 3:00PM to 5:00PM: 1 on 1 with the boss”
    -> Voicemail or email
  • Integration with social media (Latest status update or check-in?)
  • Location sensitive (Exact location / General vicinity or neighborhood / City / State / Country? / None)
    Designated locations (Home, Work, etc)
  • Motion sensitive (Sorry, I’m driving)
  • IM apps integration (Chat with me on Google Talk, etc)
  • Needs to be  a web service where multiple apps and OS’s can post latest status.
  • Needs priority when multiple posts conflict
  • Simplify!
  • Needs to happen automatically, people are lazy and don’t want to update all the time!

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