While we are constantly being pulled into more and more social networks, Mozilla has taken one of the first steps towards bringing the individual/personal Global Address Book into reality. Specifically, I am referring to their Contacts plug-in for Firefox:
If you haven't tried it, I strongly recommend it, if for no other reason than to see what really could be possible and have a tiny taste of my vision.
This project is fantastic step in the right direction.
- It imports from Gmail, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Thunderbird.
- If the contact information matches and the field map, it merges the contacts
- It searches the web for additional social links and adds the appropriate URLs.
- It doesn't overwrite existing contacts.
- It adds the appropriate pictures.
- It includes birthdays.
But it needs more.
- As of right now, it only pulls in data. You can't edit it, export, or sync
- I really, really wish I could at least export or find a website that would be willing to import from this plug-in.
- You can't merge or tell the software to always merge specific contacts when importing.
- Duplication and Merging is extremely dangerous.
- I'm trying to get a duplication post done later in the week.
- While it tags URLs for Social Networking Profiles, those URLs are sometimes duplicated in the URL field of a contact.
- Since this is an early alpha, I would hope that they add the appropriate Social Networking Logo next to the corresponding URL.
- When it imports Twitter, it imports ALL of the people you are following, not just your contacts
- You can't import from multiple Twitter accounts.
- Due to Facebook restrictions, it won't import addresses or phone numbers (yet).
- I've seen a greasemonkey script to grab the phone numbers.
- The email addresses can be imported via Yahoo or Microsoft Live, but not Gmail.
- And probably the biggest nail in the coffin, doesn't work with Outlook or Mac Address Book.
- While I understand the need for open-source, to get mass reach, needs to work with the major clients.
Anyway, again, it's still in Alpha and hasn't even reached a 1.0 release yet, but I am an extremely happy camper and cannot WAIT to see what they do next. Perhaps incorporate a personal Funambol Sync server?