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 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.