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Summary:

Mozilla has released an update to its super useful unified contact management Firefox add-on, Contacts. The new version includes quite a few nice improvements, principal among them being added support for Facebook and Yahoo contacts.

Mozilla has released an update to Contacts, its fantastic little contact management add-on for Firefox. The new version includes quite a few nice improvements, most notably added support for Facebook and Yahoo contacts. The Facebook integration works via the new Facebook Graph API, which despite the developer saying it could still be buggy seems to be working fine for me.

An interesting new feature is  the“person:” URL, which you can use to look up people in your contacts list — or anybody on the web, for that matter. Firefox will combine information from your the address book on your computer with that found on the web to create a profile page about the person — for example, you could try “person:http://facebook.com/simonmackie/”

The update also adds support for auto-completion of contact names in the Awesome Bar. Just start typing a name and it will suggest possible matches, as the screenshot below shows:

Although Contacts is still classed as “experimental” by Mozilla, it’s an incredibly useful free add-on that I highly recommend installing, particularly if details of your contacts are currently spread across a few different services. You can download it here.

What do you use to manage your contacts?

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  1. Bill Bennett Monday, April 26, 2010

    I tried Mozilla Contacts for a few weeks and found it had one really annoying aspect. Most of the time when I need to fill in an email address online, I need to enter my own address, not someone else’s.

    For example, to make this comment, I needed to enter my name, email and site. If I had Mozilla Contacts installed, the email field would allow me to choose one of more than 300 addresses from just about everyone I know, but it doesn’t include mine. So I need to always manually enter my own details.

    1. I don’t find this, Contacts always offers me two of my own addresses (not always the ones that I want, though). Have you tried contacting the developer? It’s only experimental, so I’m sure they’d be glad of the feedback.

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  3. Why would someone ever use a contact manager built into a browser? I use 3 browsers in parallel on my Mac, 3-4 on Windows, plus an iPhone and an iPad. The only sane way to manage contacts (and calendars) in such an environment is through Google Contacts. If Mozilla Contacts can access Google Contacts live, great. Otherwise, why bother? Come to think of it, even if it can access Google Contacts, why bother?

    1. In your situation yep, I agree, but many people work primarily in one browser.

      Even so, I’d still agree with you if all web apps were well integrated with Google Contacts, but they aren’t. Having a contact manager available in the browser means that your contacts from all the different services you use (including social networks) are available for use in whatever web apps you use, without having to switch back and forth from a contacts management app like Google Contacts — it can do things like autocomplete address fields in forms For many folks, an in-browser solution makes a lot of sense.

      Re: accessing it live: Although it syncs with Google Contacts, it doesn’t yet have auto-updating (you still have to manually refresh) — it’s on the roadmap for a future release, though.

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