Online Address Management
April 30, 2010 10:46 AM   Subscribe

Is there an online address book that meets my needs?

What I don't want: An app where I have to type in each piece of information separately, like "Last Name", "First Name" "Cell Phone Number" etc.

What I want: Ideally, I would simply copy over the signature information of my email correspondents, so there would be piece of freestyle text for each person. There would be a search function for all words in the database. It would be cool if I could also tag each person with keywords.

And I want to be able to access it online from wherever I am.

Does that kind of thing exist? If not, do you have any advice for me?
posted by Omnomnom to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
If most of the people you correspond with have this information in your signatures, you could just route your email through gmail and use its search function to find the person/number you need. It supports tagging and full-text searches.
posted by craven_morhead at 11:10 AM on April 30, 2010

I completely agree with craven_morhead - I email things to Gmail account all the time just because I can search for them later. If you're not into using Gmail for that, though, you could look at some generalized note-taking solutions like Evernote.
posted by komara at 11:26 AM on April 30, 2010

Since you're just cutting, pasting, and searching full text, try Google Notebook.
posted by unixrat at 11:46 AM on April 30, 2010

+1 at an application like Evernote.
posted by jander03 at 12:19 PM on April 30, 2010

+1 for evernote. It's pretty cool because -
1) It works on blackberry, windows mobile, iphone, ipod as well.
2) you can use it on website or download and install a desktop software.
3) They also have a firefox addon to copy-paste part of webpage including images.
4) They also search within the image, so you save a image with contact info on it, while you search their search engine will search through the text in image too.
I'm using evernote for more than a year. Even though I'm not using evernote specifically for storing contacts, it has helped me a lot to organize all my information.
posted by tvjoshi at 1:26 PM on April 30, 2010

Response by poster: Thank you! Evernote seems to work for me, I'll stick with it for now. Pity there's no app for the Tiger OS but it's still pretty cool.
posted by Omnomnom at 8:40 AM on May 1, 2010

Simplenote (web and iPhone) + Notational Velocity (Mac OS X app, syncs to simplenote)
posted by misterbrandt at 1:52 PM on May 2, 2010

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