As the year draws to a close, everybody (more-or-less) reviews the past year and launches predictions for the next. I don't think I'm qualified to make predictions and if I did, they will probably fail miserably. So I will just list a couple of features I would like to see in the applications I use most often:
- Even as the best web-based email client, GMail could still improve in some areas like:
- Adding an option to remove attachments from the message body, or better yet allow users to detach the file and save it in an online service. Currently you can do this with Thunderbird, but it's complicated and not very "Web 2.0";
- Clean up the "More actions"-menu from the Spam folder. Seriously, who adds Tasks from spam?! Just use the menu from "Trash", that one is a perfect fit;
- Extend the chat-to-SMS function to other countries.
- Add an option to reply without quoting the original message text, at least in Labs. Since Gmail groups the emails together, you will be able to see the history even if you don't carry it around with every message.
- I like the "Compact view" introduced in Spreadsheets that keeps menus and buttons visible and also the new formula bar. But it's extremely annoying that these views are not preserved when you reopen the document, causing users to lose time setting up their workplace over and over again.
- Another feature that deserves improvement is the HTML editing: using a pop-up window feels unnatural and blocks access to the find-and-replace tools. The best solution in my opinion would be to replace the document text with the HTML code; also the interface should bring highlighting for HTML tags and a quick way to insert them.
- Right now I still miss a conversation view for the @-replies most, it's the single reason I keep using HootSuite occasionally.
- Another idea I sent to the Brizzly team is to offer location-aware trends, for the user's country or city. It would be an interesting way to combine trends with geolocation data and the information would become much more relevant to users outside the US. A recently launched site that filters tweets for a number of Romanian cities, Urban Tweet, has a similar approach and it quickly became popular during the recent presidential elections.
What is on your wishlist for the next year?