9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2011 10:16 PM by Uday Chopra
Uday Chopra Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

So been using ios 5 for a bit and couldn't help but feel that iMessage could be so much more than what it is. Decided to put some of my thoughts out there to see what everyone thinks...

 

1. Create a kind of a mini social network called "iClub" between all iOS device users.

 

2. Make a separate zone within the iMessage app for iClub users

 

3. In this zone one should be able to see all iOS device users in one place and have status updates for each user, together with their profile pics.

 

4. Ability to create groups from within iClub...not just group messaging but permanent groups which can directly tie up with "Find My Friends" on a permanent or temporary basis

 

5. Ability to tie in ones username with Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare etc... So by clicking on a user one can be taken to their Facebook, twitter etc pages (if they allow it)

 

6. Flexible privacy settings between users so one can allow or disallow how much one wants to share with each user in the iClub

 

I think iClub will be a good way of getting people to interact with each other in a more direct way...but these are just my thoughts...send me urs, rants raves whatever...


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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (42,780 points)

    This is a user to user forum. If you want to submit suggestions to Apple, use the Feedback Page:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

     

    Best of luck.

  • Uday Chopra Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Got it...thanks...will do that too...but also wanted to know if there are any other thoughts that users might have for the same topic

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (42,780 points)

    It duplicates lots of existing apps or features of existing social networking sites. Don't see the point.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (48,970 points)

    Probably you will not get a lot of responses here, and if you do the thread will be deleted as you are essentially wanting to start a poll which is not allowed within the Terms of Use here. I doubt you will ever see "iClub" as part of iMessage as Apple has not been very successful with their Ping music social networking experiment. You would also pretty much eliminate business use of the iPhone with such a social networking scheme built into the app. iMessage is pretty much styled after Blackberry messaging which BB converts have been asking for since they switched.

     

    Have you used the app Loopt? That will give you some of the features you are looking for in "iClub".

  • Uday Chopra Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Ya I see your point. In fact my thoughts have come out of making the iMessage platform a more BBM type app. The reason BBM works so well is that it is like a mini social network. Where one can see ones friends status updates and it makes u feel connected. iMessage has brought in some of the features but in my opinion what makes BBM really unique is that Social Networking quality that iMessage does not have yet.

     

    Also the BBM users are kind of like a club...cause you can only add people using pins and it does not get automatically added like iMessage...this adds to a feeling of exclusivity which again the iMessage app is missing.

     

    I'm not saying my ideas are perfect but would love to see something on these lines so that both these features of BBM can be incorporated, namely 1) The Social Networking feel and 2) The being part of an exclusive club feel

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (48,970 points)

    I would never join a club that would have me as a member. (Just a bit of plagiarism).

     

    Who knows maybe in the future Apple will expand on it but I hope they give a way to turn it off.

  • Uday Chopra Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    you can turn it off...settings>messages> first item on page "turn it off"

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (48,970 points)

    No, you misunderstood, I don't want to turn off iMessage, I like using it and I know you can turn it off. I'm saying if they incorporated "iClub" I would want a way to turn it off.

  • Uday Chopra Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Aah! right, Gotcha! well I'm sure there will always be an off switch (if they ever do it that is)...thats the apple motto right...we always have a choice...unless of course when we dont...LOL