About a month ago, I described my last business idea of a Dating 911 phone line. How cool was that, eh? Anyone want to give me some friends and family funding?!
Marc and I have had a couple (2) other business ideas that have gone no where, obviously. I won’t talk about those because he’ll probably kill me.
My fourth business idea could possibly be out there. If it is, I want it and I need it. I had lunch with Marc today and he’s pretty sure there must be something along that variation out there somewhere. Readers, give me a shout if you have any inklings.
Here’s my dilemma. Tons of family. Tons of friends. Tons of business contacts. I am pretty good (I’d say damn fucking good) at keeping in touch with people. Whenever I can, I schedule lunches with coworkers and friends who work nearby. I organize happy hours and dinners. I invite myself over to people’s places. Seriously. ”Hey, can we come over some time? We’ll bring dinner!” But people slip through the cracks. I’ve resorted to keeping a spreadsheet of my closest family and friends who I track with green or red coding. Green means that in some way, I have contacted them or scheduled some time with them. Red means it’s time to reach out.
I need an application that keeps track of my complete network. Contacts are assigned descriptors: close family, extended family, close friend, friend, acquaintance. Based on these descriptors or my own ratings, I get pinged when I haven’t been in touch with someone after a certain threshold passes. For example, you haven’t talked to your parents in two weeks. Call mom and dad stat! I need birthdays and stork landing reminders. Reminders for when close friends’ progeny celebrate their first birthday. Stuff like that. I can no longer keep track.
Another use is tracking my location. Tonight I’m going to be at the Albatross bar in Berkeley. I would like to setup an event in this application and the app can query which of my friends are in the area. After I retrieve those people in my query, I can select those that I want to blast an email to. ”Hey East Bay peeps, going to the Albatross tonight. Hope to see you there.”
Hanging out with friends should not stress a person out, but it stresses me out. A friend of mine in San Jose just had a baby. Not sure when I’m going to get a chance to see her. Another friend of mine in Sonoma is preggers and I definitely want to find time to hang out with her. Another friend just starting working at a salon in Russian Hill. I want to fit her in as well.
Help, I need some technology that will track, coordinate, and help me keep my relationships organized.