Syncing is a nasty business.
It’s not just your part of the service you have to maintain working correctly, you also have to act preemptively so all the external services and devices you sync with are doing the job right.
Usually this is pretty simple, especially if you’ve got the most impressive people onboard which can make your address books look like a well-polished image of your peers’ list on any single device you might have (the engineers at Soocial of course).
The tricky part is, that’s not always enough.
Welcome to the world of sync loops.
These occur when you connect all your syncing services in such a way that closes a loop among them. It’s like closing an electric circuit – turn on your light and unless you press the switch again, it always stays on.
Same with syncing – it never stops. So your contacts, calendars, files etc will continuously get sent round and round your syncing circuit you set up, hammering web servers with their greedy requests.
No worries though, once a problem has been identified, it’s all downhill to get to a solution.
If you’re using services like MobileMe (soon iCloud), or Google’s syncing with Outlook or the iPhone, or even it’s very own Android address book, adding Soocial as a contact syncing service to a few of these devices may cause problems.
We are now in the process of smartly detecting these loops and turning them off for you – so your address books don’t look like a mess while you get the time to fix your configuration.
Chief Inspector Loop Detector will soon intelligently monitor your address book and cut off loops when they occur.
Fear not, for he will be on the lookout.
This is what we do at Soocial – provide you with the easiest way to sync contacts to any device you might have.
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