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July 2, 2009 6:39 AM   Subscribe

Anybody know of a worthwhile, online address book?

I am looking for an online address book to be the internet version of my little black book. I know there are many out there, but I haven't been able to find one that suites all of my desires. This is what I want:

1. The ability to apply multiple tags to entries and to view/export entries according to tags (i.e. family, business, friends)
2. The ability to input international address (keepm for example has a "country" field, but only allows for a 5 digit zip code, meaning Japanese addresses - with an 8 digit zip - are a no go)
3. The ability to export into an Excel spreadsheet, or even better directly to Word labels (Christmas card time).
4. If possible, the ability to choose which contacts to export, and which fields to export
5. This may be me dreaming - but some way to keep a tally of how often you have emailed a particular person. I live overseas and travel a lot, so I send a lot of postcards to keep in touch with friends and family. It would be nice to be able to view my address according to how many mailings I've sent them so I can be sure I'm mailing everyone evenly.
6. An interface where data entry is easy (I have an entire book worth of addresses to input).

I thought about just making a spreadsheet on google docs, but there is no way to export them to labels and I do a pretty massive mailing at xmas/new years time that I would prefer to print up labels for (currently I hand write them, it takes ALOT of time).

Thanks for any guidance you might have!
posted by RobertFrost to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
google contacts seems to be very close to what you need. and its now stand alone from gmail.
posted by chasles at 7:39 AM on July 2, 2009

Is there any reason why you couldn't use gmail for this?
posted by theichibun at 7:45 AM on July 2, 2009

Well, if you use Google Docs, and then import that into an Excel spreadsheet at card-mailing time, you can use mail merge in Word to create your labels.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 8:23 AM on July 2, 2009

Response by poster: My reason for not using Google Contacts is that Google Contacts only allows you to input address data as a block (i.e. there aren't different fields for State, City, Country, etc.) and when you export that data, it doesn't result in a very sensible or label friendly spreadsheet. Keepm does have separate fields but is limited in the previously mentioned ways. Google Contacts is still an option but I was hoping there was something a little better out there.
posted by RobertFrost at 8:31 AM on July 2, 2009

I've been looking for the same thing for a while... I'll keep an eye on this thread.
posted by Precision at 12:06 PM on July 2, 2009

An Excel spreadsheet and Dropbox. Done.
posted by dinger at 3:16 PM on July 2, 2009

Highrise. Used for tracking leads, but does most of the other stuff you want too. (caveat: I never really used it)
posted by MesoFilter at 12:19 AM on July 3, 2009

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