Monday, February 19, 2007

Sorting your buddy list

It was with interest today that when I looked at my Buddy List I noticed that it was organized alphabetically. Why alphabetically? I decided to search to see what I might learn and came across AOL asking the same question: Buddy List Sorting
We’re working on some upgrades to the way that you can see friends on your Buddy List. We have two options and are curious to see which one you’d prefer. Take a look and leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Option 1: A sort feature that alphabetizes buddies within your buddy groups, and enforces the alphabetized order at every sign-on.

OR Option 2: A one-time sort that alphabetizes the buddies within your groups but allows you to move individual buddies around (say a best friend to the top of your BFF group).
How about none of the above? Of their options #2 makes more sense, but my first choice would be to have them sorted by who I chat with the most. My second choice would be to have them sorted by who I talked to last. I'm almost certain that alphabetizing them would not be anywhere on my list. I just find it interesting that I had never noticed how they were organized before today. I seriously need to start paying more attention to this sort of stuff.

3 comments:

Mitch Owen said...

My treo does a pretty good job of giving me both... alpha when I am looking for someone I haven't talked to in a while, and last call (received or made) when I want to go back to someone I talk to often. Seems like IM should follow this approach to some degree since it has evolved...

travis gamble said...

I personally like to have my buddy list sorted by availability or status, and then alpha within status. It's an easy way to let me know who's open to conversation and who's not at their computer.

Kevin Gamble said...

Oooh, I like that idea Travis. I think a few more options for standard status reporting would be helpful. Like, not available to anyone but available to your list of 8 or confidants would be helpful. Something better than available/not-available would be useful.