Geni Roadmap

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The listed features are accumulated from the forum where they have been acknowledged by a member of the Geni Team (date stamp). All qualified roadmap listings should therefore have at least one date stamped reference to a forum thread. Link posted here should preferably include the post number (click the '#' on the bottom of the Geni team members forum post before copying the url). Ideally there would be only one thread in the forum requesting a feature.

For requests/suggestions that have not yet received any affermative response from Geni Team Member in the forum, please see Suggestions and Suggestions by priority.

It is our hope that Geni staff will assist maintaining and ensuring each feature request is correctly listed in any of the following phases

  1. Under development - For features currently being worked on by development staff and to be released in near future (<3 months)
  2. Planned features - For features accepted and waiting to be allocated to development staff.
  3. Features being investigated - Features currently being researched/reviewed by the Geni Team
  4. New feature requests - Requests/suggestions that have not yet received any 'positive' response from a Geni Team Member, but yet has been responded to

Each section has a general subsection "Additional features/fixes" for minor bugfixes


Under development

For features currently being worked on by development staff and to be released in near future (<3 months, forum tagged "stay tuned")

Tree Merging

Tree merging will enable existing trees to be merged.

Geni comments

  • May 07: "...a feature we are working on and will be releasing in the near future. This will allow a user, who is registered and attached to a tree, to merge their tree with another existing tree..." [1] - BeRad
  • Jun 07: "...There are a few features that we need to finalize before rolling out tree merging and GEDCOM import, in order to do them the right way. I am confident once we release these features our users will be very satisfied. Stay tuned!" [2] - Noah
  • Jul 07: "...We are working on tree merging right now. We expect that this feature will allow users to have very large trees, so currently most of our time is being spent on underlying performance enhancements. We are also designing easy ways for users to confirm which relatives are common to both family trees..." [3] - Elliot
  • Nov 07: "...For our initial release, you'll be able to merge two unclaimed profiles, or else a claimed profile and an unclaimed profile..." [4] - Mike

GEDCOM import

GEDCOM import would allow users to import their existing family trees from other programs into Geni. Note that GEDCOM export is already implemented as an alpha feature.

This feature is dependent on the "Tree merging" feature.

Geni comments

  • Jul 07: "GEDCOM Import is scheduled for the next release" [5] - Scott
  • Jun 07: "...we are currently working on (GEDCOM import specifically) but do not have anything to announce at this time. Stay tuned!" [6] - Noah
  • Sep 07: "We are currently working on both local language versions as well as GEDCOM import. Please stay tuned!" [7] - Giacomo

Revision History

Keeping track of profiles revision history and allowing users to undo actions - This will allow members of the tree to check what changes have been made by any members of the tree and reverse to previous versions

Geni comments

  • Sep 07: "Keeping track of revision history and allowing users to undo actions is something we are planning to implement in the future. It will become particularly important when tree merging is introduced and trees grow much larger, and have many users whom you may not even personally know." [8] - Ilya
  • Oct 07: "We are definitely working on some features and enhancements that will keep you better informed of recent activity on your tree and in your family and friends groups." [9] - Noah
  • Oct 07: "We are actually working on a feature that will inform the members of your My Family group (or potentially, any member of your tree that you elect to inform) whenever a change has been made to a profile, including additions, deletions, postings and more. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months." [10] - Laurence
  • Nov 07: "Look for a feature that will address the needs posted in this forum soon. Thanks for your patience!" [11] - Noah
  • Nov 07: "Soon." [12] - Noah

Localization

Development is in progress.

Geni comments

  • Apr 07: "We are currently working on our international and localization features, but we have nothing to officially announce yet. Stay tuned!" [13] - Noah
  • Aug 07: "We want to make sure that wherever a user is using the site, it appears local to them. But, we also want to make sure that when your personal uses cross over into "international" use, that you are also able to update and communicate with users in other countries." [14] - Giacomo
  • Sep 07: "We are currently working on localization features, including translations to various languages." [15] - Ilya
  • Sep 07: "We are currently working on both local language versions as well as GEDCOM import. Please stay tuned!" [16] - Giacomo
  • Nov 07: "...on the way..." [17] - Noah

Additional features/fixes

  • (Jul 07) Who is online [18]
  • (Aug 07) Family's activity log [19] [20]
  • (Aug 07) Wiki to be added to the standard Geni footer [21]
  • (Sep 07) Sourcing (data origin) [22]
  • (Oct 07) Flash Navigaion tab postion to left of screen (bug) [23] resolved
  • (Nov 07) Cemetery field to be added [24]
  • (Nov 07) Adding 'circa' dates to marriages [25]
  • (Nov 07) Submission/approval process making changes to claimed profiles [26]
  • (Nov 07) Multiple Births [27]
  • (Dec 07) Adding tabs to family module on profile [28]

Planned features

For features accepted and waiting to be allocated to development staff.

  • (Nov 07) "Another radius (larger than the Family group) outside of which only public access will be permitted" [29] Related: "My Tree" ability. [30]

Additional features/fixes

  • Nov 07: "We have a feature request to allow the user to specify link or attachment in the GEDCOM export request. It's not yet been scheduled for release, but it's in the queue." [31] - scott

Features being investigated

Features currently being researched/reviewed by the Geni Team

Photo Tags

User defined tags (free-tags) to group photos

Photo Import

Ability to 'import' photos from other online photo services (Flickr, Picasa)

Redesign help site

Creating links among various help/community properties for better integration - help (faq), blog, wiki, and forums.

Adoption

This will allow the illustration of adopted children with both their adoptive and biological parents.

Additional features/fixes

  • (Aug 07) Geni print feature [32] [33]
  • (Aug 07) Simplify entering date (currently three separate boxes) and support of other date formats [34]
  • (Sep 07) Shared Photo Albums [35]
  • (Sep 07) Keyboard navigation in tree [36]
  • (Nov 07) Icon view and List view of lists [37]
  • (Nov 07) Soundex search [38]
  • (Nov 07) Advanced search functions [39]
  • (Nov 07) Photo rotation tool [40]
  • (Nov 07) Additional language fields [41]
  • (Nov 07) Abilty to Edit and delete message in Family Discussion [42]
  • (Nov 07) Resize box for "About me" in edit mode [43]
  • (Nov 07) Chronological Tree Sort [44]
  • (Nov 07) Include spouses on Geni Messages [45]
  • (Nov 07) Cycle Symbol, similar to branch symbol [46]

New feature requests

Requests/suggestions that have not yet received any affermative response from a Geni Team Member, but yet has been responded to (ongoing discussions with further info requested from Geni team)

(See Suggestions and Suggestions by priority for suggestions not yet responded to by a Geni team member)

  • (Apr 07) Flash dropdown boxes listen for the first character only, not the first three characters as HTML. [47] low priority
  • (Aug 07) Sort photos chronologically [48]
  • (Sep 07) Mobile Edition of Geni [49]
  • (Nov 07) Edit access unlocked for locked profiles birthdate, birth order and current location [50]
  • (Nov 07) "My Family" Tree view [51]
  • (Nov 07) Same "Showing" options on Map that list has [52]
  • (Nov 07) Self-defined/Labelled Relationships [53]
  • (Nov 07) Separate Biography Section [54]
  • (Nov 07) Additional columns in the List View [55]

Archive of Released Features

Family Timeline/Events

This will show a timeline of family events.

  • There is currently no time estimate for this feature.
  • Forum threads:
  • Mar 07: "a family timeline is definitely on our roadmap. It's one of the many features that we are very excited about." [56] - Adam
  • Jun 07: "Custom event dates are a great suggestion. We're looking into it! This way, you'll be able to add any particular events you'd like to your family's calendar view." [57] - Giacomo
  • Jul 07: "the idea that profiles can be based on a personal timeline (which can then be aggregated into a family timeline) illustrates how Geni is different from all other social networks." [58] - David
  • Aug 07: "We are already working on such a feature. Stay tuned! :)" [59] - Ilya
  • Sep 07: "note that we are already working on a feature that would allow associating profiles with events." [60] - Ilya
  • Sep 07: "I think that some of these requests will be satisfied by the upcoming timeline feature." [61] - Ilya
  • Sep 07: "Detlev- We will be releasing our initial steps in this direction very soon - Stay Tuned!" [62] - Noah
  • Oct 07: "We are currently working on some features that should fill these needs. Stay tuned!" [63] - Laurence
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