Will Santa Deliver This Year? My Social Media Wish List For 2012

Dear Santa, (or Hannukah Harry depending on your beliefs)

It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is over and everyone is in the holiday spirit. As I start to make my wish list, there's a few things the social media world would be happy to have. Last year you were able to deliver some things from my list such as stronger conversation features for tweets and a more personalized Facebook profile. This year, I'm back with more requests so let's see if you will deliver!

1. Foursquare should tell you how far away you are from receiving badges. The latest Foursquare features allow you to level up on select badges. In those cases, you can see how many check-ins away you are to the next level. However, for the majority of badges, they always come as a complete surprise. I want to know how many more yoga classes I need to attend before I get the Downward Facing Dog badge!

2. Uploading documents to Facebook groups. Facebook groups has become an excellent tool for internal communication in organizations. You can post docs, pictures, questions and more. The one thing you can't do is upload documents or PowerPoints. To really make this tool unstoppable, uploading documents would really help!

3. Ability to 'like' a tweet! I know, I asked for his last year BUT I really want it!!! Everyone else lets you 'like' things, so why can't Twitter?! Some things aren't RT or favorite-worthy but may be worthy of a like. C'mon Twitter! Catch up!

4. Allow multiple admins on Google+ pages. Facebook pages will dominate until this happens. Communities are almost never managed by just one person so in order for Google+ pages to be functional, they need to add the option of multiple admins.

5. Chance to edit posts on Facebook after you've published them. This wish was sort of granted, but only if you are really quick! If you post something and delete it seconds after, you will get the chance to edit it. However, on Google+ you can edit you post at any time. That is a future of posts so I hope Facebook adopts this!

6. Option to unlike a bunch of pages on Facebook at once. Sometimes you want to purge through your friends or followers and get rid of the people you don't know. The same goes for pages. You may have gone 'like' crazy one day and liked a lot of pages that are now just clouding up your news feed. I think this is one wish that would make marketers and community managers very upset about!

7. Analytics for Google+. It seems obvious since there is already a Google Analytics. Why not just combine the two and then we can show some results and ROI from the platform?

8. Ability to post pictures on comments. Currently, you can post a link to a picture on a comment and then in the preview that picture may (or may not) show up. Comments on posts could be much more valuable if there was an option to upload a picture. And besides, a picture is worth a thousand likes! (I think that's how the saying goes...)

9. Easier sharing with your Amazon wishlist. It is holiday time and I have been adding things to my Amazon wishlist so I don't forget about my must-haves this year. Unfortunately, nobody will ever see them! Sure I can tweet out the whole list, but that looks needy. Amazon, will you please add more sharing capabilities to your wishlist so I can tweet every time I add something?

10. We want Google+ Vanity URLs! Sure, there are G+ personalized short links you can use, but we want the ability to reserve a vanity URL for our brand or page.  Not that we are so concerned with finding the page (since Google will not make it hard for you to find your G+ page) but it would be nice to have a quick, direct link for pages.

11. People to start using Google+ on a regular basis. I am making all these wished for Google+ but what I really want is for people to start actually using the platform! It is lonely on there. As much as I add people to my circles, I still don't get continuous posts like I would on Facebook or Twitter.

12. Add the 'like' button to emails. People receive millions of emails everyday and the only thing more annoying then receiving a ton of emails, are receiving emails that say "thanks" or "okay." If we could 'like' the email, then the other person knows you have read it and you are good to go!

I hope this isn't too much to ask! These wishes and requests are to try and make the social media world a better place. Thanks in advance Santa!

Sincerely,

Cara Friedman

What's on your social media wishlist this year? Share them below in the comments!