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According to The Wall Street Journal, plenty of people still use a Rolodex to manage their contacts’ name and address data: More than 20 years after the digital revolution that forecasted the paperless office, the “rotary card file” — best known by the market-leading brand name, […]

According to The Wall Street Journal, plenty of people still use a Rolodex to manage their contacts’ name and address data:

More than 20 years after the digital revolution that forecasted the paperless office, the “rotary card file” — best known by the market-leading brand name, Rolodex — continues to turn. As millions of social-network users display their connectedness on their Facebook pages, a surprisingly robust group of people maintain their networks on small white cards. Most of these devotees also rely on BlackBerrys and other computer-based address books. [subscription required]

There are so many ways to manage names, addresses, and phone numbers. Outlook. Blackberry. Plaxo. Highrise. Rolodex. Paper address book.

I use a box of index cards for offline contacts — the plumber, piano teacher, and pediatrician for example — so I can staple business cards onto the index cards then file. I mostly use Gmail otherwise and have a few phone numbers programmed into my cell phone. It’s not fancy, but it’s good enough for my current needs.

How do you manage contacts? Do you maintain a master contact list, synchronized across devices? Or is your contact data distributed across multiple devices and formats?

  1. I use Octabox.com, a E61 and outlook sync’ed with linkedIN.

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  2. when i had a windows mobile device, it was keeping my live contacts up to date and then letting it sync with windows mobile sync, previously syncing with exchange as well. Now with the iPhone, I maintain the list in Mac Address Book, sync with plaxo, sync my phone with the mac, sync plaxo with AOL, Yahoo, and Windows Live Mail (crappy – Gmail doesnt have auto sync – no API). Some of the fields dont match up perfectly across but I have found it to be the best so far…

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  3. I manage my contacts using a Treo 750, Outlook, and an Exchange server to keep everything synced.

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  4. I use Mac Adress Book + iCal and sync them with my E50 Nokia.

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  5. I use address-completion in Gmail for e-mail and the numbers in the SIM of my cell phone.

    For addresses and important longer-form stuff and memos-to-self, I use Gmail e-mail.

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  6. Facebook + Plaxo + LinkedIn + Outlook. I access Plaxo Mobile on my iPhone.

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  7. Been exporting/importing between GMail and Thunderbird.
    I’m still waiting for a decent GMail-Thunderbird synchronization solution. It’s coming.

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  8. I usually use Outlook, mostly because it’s the best solution in terms of keeping my information current from my laptop to my Windows Mobile device.

    For work, I don’t do a lot of contacting others (it has to go through a central area when we contact people outside our command usually) but I do have a healthy collection of business cards in the seat organizer to my car at work.

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  9. I’ve just started using Highrise, and I really really like it.

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  10. Oh, yeah. And Facebook.

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