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I am readying myself to have a real, live breathing Palm Pre in my hands in just a few days. OK, I’m kidding on the breathing part (I hope). I have been giving a lot of thought to how I would use the Pre in my […]

pre-contactsI am readying myself to have a real, live breathing Palm Pre in my hands in just a few days. OK, I’m kidding on the breathing part (I hope). I have been giving a lot of thought to how I would use the Pre in my daily routine as more information about how it works has come available. One of the areas that I admit is bothering me has to do with the Synergy technology, which has to be one of the Pre’s best features. The seamless way it integrates my personal data across programs makes a lot of sense and is groundbreaking in a way. According to information about how it works, it may end up cluttering my contacts on the Pre if not set up correctly.

One of the most innovative features of the WebOS is Synergy, which pulls your information from all over the phone and from the web and brings it to the programs on the phone. It will grab your contacts from Exchange, Gmail and online services, and pull them together on the phone for easy access. The problem is that if you are like me, then you have a lot of Facebook friends that you don’t really know. I must have hundreds of them, as friending new people was the thing to do when Facebook was first taking off. Friends are good, right? Not on the Pre, if you don’t really know them.

Synergy on the Pre will grab all of your Facebook friends and pull them right into your phone contact list. That means I will end up with hundreds of contacts on my phone that I don’t know. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t know someone, I don’t want them cluttering up my contact list. What is not clear is if this contact list will sync with Google Contacts, which if so, then before I know it, I will have people I don’t know all over my information, and not just on the Pre. The only way it seems to avoid that is to either “unfriend” them (is that even a word?) on Facebook or prevent Synergy from pulling them in the first place. That’s easy enough, but I have a nagging feeling that it’s turning off an innovative technology, and that grates on me a little.

(via preCentral)

  1. So wait, does that mean that you can’t go through and delete contacts individually from the phone, without deleting the contact from the source (i.e. facebook)?

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    1. You can but I would think it syncs again with Facebook and other services all the time. It would just put it back I would think. We’ll know for sure next week though. :)

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    2. To get rid of the facebook contacts: go to contact, then tap upper left corner, go to preferences, tap face book, and then delete account. It will remove all of the face book stuff from your contacts….I found the answer here on the net…. lololo the sprint tech spent a half hour and couldn’t figure it out!!

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      1. that did it! all gone…. Thanks!!!

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      2. I havent received my pre yet cause im in iraq but will be going home shortly, and my wife has messed with it and said that facebook has added all contacts how do i prevent this, and prevent my gmail accounts from automatically syncing to the phone?

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      3. OMG Thank you so much!! I have been trying to figure that out for months. You are AWESOME!!

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    3. No, the Palm Pre does not give the option to delete them, at least not one I have found yet. I wish it would sync with myspace, though. Or at least let us pick and chose who it keeps instead of automatically taking all of them, and yes, it really does clog up the contact list immediately!

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  2. Delete all the people that aren’t REALLY your friends on facebook, waaallaaa, problem solved. DDD!

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  3. Why do you think it is ok to have contact in facebook’s list and not on the palm pre?

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  4. ignorance breeds fear

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  5. If, say, two years from now I decide I want to rekindle a friendship with my bff from second grade, facebook is perfect for a casual “hey, let’s be friends again” wallpost. Will I want to call this person directly within the next few months and initiate a very awkward conversation? No. I’m with JK on this one…. and I’d still like an answer to my first question.

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    1. …and so when that time comes, do a quick search on FB, find the person and send them a message.

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  6. This sounds like a job for a check box. I would think that you’d be able to turn this off in a settings window.

    It might useful to search the leaked 300+ page guide.

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/28/palm-pre-user-guide-the-highlights-so-far/

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  7. The pre doesn’t just pull all of your facebook contacts, it links the contacts you have on your phone to their facebook profile. So basically the entire point of this article is over something that won’t happen with synergy.

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    1. Marques: That suggests that if you have contact info for someone only in Facebook, that contact will not be synced, ie. ANY Facebook friend that did not appear in your phone already would still not appear. That would make Synergy really stupid.

      No, I think what may work out is if they had a Pre Facebook widget available, and then you’d select on the Facebook webpage which contacts you want synced. That seems to be the easiest way to keep things manageable, and since you could use any browser to do it, not terribly inconvenient.

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    2. I agree that it probably doesn’t work the way that Marques described, but that wouldn’t be altogether bad if it did. I use an Outlook plugin called Xobni that does that: A person emails me – any person, even somebody not in my contact list – and Xobni immediately finds them on Facebook and adds their profile pic to their Xobni contact info. It also shows me their Facebook status updates. If Synergy worked like this, I probably wouldn’t mind, though I’m pretty sure it doesn’t.

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  8. I have a strong fear for the future of the human race after reading through comments and actual news articles on the Pre.

    Has no one ever used the built in contact search that’s available on almost every phone?

    And why on Earth would Palm force you to store information you don’t want?

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  9. So let me get this straight… You are ok with “friending” someone on Facebook you don’t know, which allows them to read all of your and your friends personal thoughts daily, peruse through your photos and look at your personal details such as email address, phone number, address etc… However, you are somehow concerned once THEIR phone number shows up in your contact list??

    I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems like your priorities are backwards. Personally, I see no problem with having any of my friends on facebook in my contact list on my phone. True, there are some that I would never call, but then you never know. I actually “know” my friends on facebook.

    And while this may add a lot of numbers I may never use, I look them up by name, so I’m not really going to be thumbing through them one by one anyways. I’d rather have them there in case I ever need them than not. And I love that they are all on one contact list so I only have one place to look for phone numbers.

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    1. Err, let me get this straight: you’ve never heard of Limited Profile and privacy settings? You don’t have any casual acquaintances? Or folks you only talk to through Facebook messages? Just because I have someone I have friended doesn’t mean I need to reach them by phone.

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    2. thanks bluemonq, my thoughts exactly.

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    3. Err, are you stupid? I think I mentioned there are plenty of people I would never call on my facebook list. However, it’s not a big deal as it looks pretty darn easy to navigate to your desired contact in the contact list. If that is too difficult for you, I just wouldn’t sync your facebook to your contacts.

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    4. For those of you who refuse to read any further.
      Smart-phone does not mean it knows your username and password to access facebook.
      If it is really that scary for you, and you don’t know how to search/sort you contacts by entering in the first few letters of their name…..don’t set it up. ;)

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    5. Shawn..do you know anything about Facebook?? Many applications/games require you to have your game members as your Facebook friends in order to fully utilize all features of the game (one being Mafia Wars). You can create a separate friends list and set the privacy to where friends in this list can not read the majority of your wall posts! Drop the holier-than-thou attitude about friending people you don’t know. If you do not understand the app…shut up.

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  10. Sounds like you are like me in the sense of having too many friends that you don’t even know who they are on facebook. Well if that’s the case, why would you synchronize to facebook? if it were me, i am going to synchronize through my gmail account which has contacts that i keep in touch on a regular basis. Then, if i know those people have a facebook profile, link to it. remember that you have options on the pre as to tell it whether you want to save it on ur palm profile or keep it on synergy mode. i think you are making the process seem more ovewhelming that what it was meant to be.

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    1. hello i just wana chat but the stupid faCEBOOK DOESNT WANA GO ON MY STUPID COMPUTER AT MY STUPID COLLEGE AND I DONT EVEN HAVE STUPID CONTACTS

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