I don’t have a great memory. I often meet people who remember me, but I don’t remember them. I’ve had whole conversations with people who clearly know me, but on whom I’ve drawn a blank.
My phone’s address book has a “notes” field, and mine is peppered with little aide memoirs about the people I’ve met. Things like this:
And, I guess we’ve all got a contact like this, right?
But there’s no way to do that on Twitter or LinkedIn or any other social network I’m aware of.
Wouldn’t that be useful? How many times have you stared at a digital acquaintance and wondered “how do I know you? Why do I follow you? Who the hell are you??!”
What I want is a private note field on your social network so I can say “Worked with them on Project X” or “Met at Dave’s party. Married to Jon(?)”. I’d also like to know why I muted or blocked someone – “Only talks about football” or “Holds the wrong opinion about NeoGeo games.”
I wonder if there’s a GDPR issue that stops services offering this. I asked on Twitter:
Random data protection question.
Let's say Twitter had a "private notes" field that you could add to users.
Eg "met them at X's party" or "blocked because they were mean about Y" etc.
Would those notes be subject to GDPR requests to Twitter?
— Terence Eden (@edent) February 18, 2021
And got an array of contradictory replies!
Is this something you’d find useful? If so, what’s stopping companies from offering it?