Google Revamps Aging Contacts Manager

Organizing online contact details about your friends and family members should become easier with the latest updates to Google Contacts. The new Contacts interface provides tools for managing duplicate entries, accessing the latest available profile information and seeing the last few conversations you've had with the people on your list.

Google unveiled the new look and feel for Contacts Tuesday with an online preview and a post on the official Gmail blog. The updates should be appearing over the next few weeks. Google Apps customers, however, will have to wait a bit longer as the new look isn't yet available on Apps, "but we're working on it," according to Google.

Easy Merging of Duplicate Entries

Presented in a neat and easy-on-the-eyes layout, the new Google Contacts pushes your most frequently contacted associates to the top, rather than confronting you with a list of anyone and everyone you've ever conversed with on Gmail or Google Plus. Click on any name in the list, and you'll get a popup profile card with all the pertinent, Google-related details about that person: e-mail address, circles shared, work and home phone numbers, birthday and recent Gmail conversations.

Below the main contact information, you'll see links to the three most recent e-mail conversations or meetings you've had with each person, with a "See more" option for loading even more past discussions. As Google Product Manager Sean Purcell noted in his blog post, "(W)hether it's been two days or two years since your last conversation, it's easier than ever to pick up right where you left off."

A simple click on the "Find duplicates" link in the left menu bar of the main Contacts page also reveals a rundown of people who have multiple entries in your contact list. You can then hit "Merge" to combine those details into...

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Google Revamps Aging Contacts Manager

Organizing online contact details about your friends and family members should become easier with the latest updates to Google Contacts. The new Contacts interface provides tools for managing duplicate entries, accessing the latest available profile information and seeing the last few conversations you've had with the people on your list.

Google unveiled the new look and feel for Contacts Tuesday with an online preview and a post on the official Gmail blog. The updates should be appearing over the next few weeks. Google Apps customers, however, will have to wait a bit longer as the new look isn't yet available on Apps, "but we're working on it," according to Google.

Easy Merging of Duplicate Entries

Presented in a neat and easy-on-the-eyes layout, the new Google Contacts pushes your most frequently contacted associates to the top, rather than confronting you with a list of anyone and everyone you've ever conversed with on Gmail or Google Plus. Click on any name in the list, and you'll get a popup profile card with all the pertinent, Google-related details about that person: e-mail address, circles shared, work and home phone numbers, birthday and recent Gmail conversations.

Below the main contact information, you'll see links to the three most recent e-mail conversations or meetings you've had with each person, with a "See more" option for loading even more past discussions. As Google Product Manager Sean Purcell noted in his blog post, "(W)hether it's been two days or two years since your last conversation, it's easier than ever to pick up right where you left off."

A simple click on the "Find duplicates" link in the left menu bar of the main Contacts page also reveals a rundown of people who have multiple entries in your contact list. You can then hit "Merge" to combine those details into...

Comments are closed.