The two most requested features on Monica so far are:
- the ability to import contacts from an external source,
- automating as much as possible the recording of things about your
I totally understand why people want it. Monica is all about recording and
documenting social interactions with the people you care about. Having to enter
all the contact names one by one is considered by many to be a painful task.
Moreover, having to record everything manually after a phone conversation for
instance, is even more painful.
However, think about this. Monica is designed to help you have better
relationships. Building relationships is not something that we should automate
and make it easier. Building relationships is a conscious effort. It is not
easy. It does require a bit of work. If you had the ability to import 500
contacts, what it would do to you? You would have now 500 people in Monica,
ready to be documented. Will you really take the effort of entering all the
information for those 500 persons? Can you even be friends with that many
I like the idea of having to enter my contact one by one, because it forces
me to think of who is more important to me. For every person that I add to
Monica, I conscientiously choose if this person somehow deserves (the word is
definitely too strong but you get the idea) that I take the effort of
documenting our relationship. Then for every person I add, I have to fill all
those information for which I have to actively look for. I would go as far as
saying that having a mass import, without the ability of pick and choose, would
even ruin the main purpose of the application.
But this is how I personally see the product. How I see it, is perhaps not how
you see it. Hence the need for an importer. We’ll built it, definitely. But
before importing your contacts, think about this. Do you need to keep
information about that many people?