Do Too Many Contacts Reduce Chat Client Utility?
Robert Scoble complains about IM and Skype being useless to him because the minute he logs on, he's inundated with people wanting to chat.
He touts Adam Curry's proposal of being able to "advertise different status to different groups of people" as being a sexy solution to this problem.
Maybe people don't like talking to me, but I see a major issue with this approach for the Skype and IM developers: how many people are actually faced with this problem? How many people have filled up their contact lists, as Scoble has? Maybe 5%, 10% max of the IM-using population?
Robert, if you don't use the IM or Skype because you have too many contacts, why don't you either cut down your contact list, or take the simple step of creating a second "personal" account? You can add your boss, family, and whomever else you don't mind advertising your online status to to your contact list. I'd argue that if you haven't looked for a way to get around this problem--I just proposed two easy ones--the software isn't that useful to you in the first place.
It's not really worth adding a feature that caters to such a small segment of your market, especially when there are such easily-implementable workarounds.