Fanboys Gone Mad

I posted a comment about GMail on slashdot recently. The main gist of the comment was that I was largely unimpressed with GMail, and saw it as at most a version 0.4-ish beta as opposed to the 0.9-ish that a lot of people seem to be raving about. One of the items I pointed out was that GMail’s current contacts list only allows you to record a contact’s name, email address, and some notes. This to me is a bad thing, because you can’t sort or search easily by address, phone, etc.

So some GMail fanboy responds with this gem:

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you ever think to use the notes section for storing address, phone, etc? sheesh, just because they provide with something more flexible than a form with just address, phone, etc fields doesn’t mean you can’t use it like that if you want.

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I’m sorry, what!? Since when did blatent lack of functionality get turned into an error on the user’s part? I say again: GMail is in beta, and it lacks a whole heap of functionality, including the ability to properly store contact information. I’d say that a ‘more flexible’ contact system would allow infinte phone numbers and infinite addresses, each labelled with a free-form label (e.g. home, work, etc.). Not some 500 character memo field.

I’m pretty impressed with Google’s marketing though. They’ve obviously become a Kevin Saatchi-esque “Love Mark” when they can influence a (probably) sane individual to come out with drivel like that.

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