How to organize contacts systematically?
June 5, 2012 4:11 PM   Subscribe

What is the best way of organizing and managing my thousands of contacts - software, best practices, general ways of thinking about the issue?

I'm a filmmaker and the film editor for a major entertainment magazine. I am the type of person who makes friends easily and makes strong connections with lots and lots of people (I have over 2000 FB friends, and a good 85% of them are people I've had meaningful and memorable RW interaction with). It's becoming really really important that I make a systematic inventory of who I know, how I know them, who they work for, where they live, and what they do. Fortunately, I've got some labor this summer that can help me out with this.

I use lots of Google services (I have a Motodroid and use Gmail, Gcal, Gcontacts, others), so I suspect using labels in Google Contacts is going to be optimum, but if there's something better out there, I want to explore it. And even if not, I need to figure out how best to organize within Google Contacts.

posted by michaeldunaway to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Not sure this is overkill for what you want but Highrise.
posted by wongcorgi at 4:17 PM on June 5, 2012

It sounds like you might want to look into actual CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solutions, which are designed around this kind of detailed contact management and tracking.
posted by jacalata at 4:32 PM on June 5, 2012

I came in to recommend Highrise - so seconded.
posted by COD at 6:30 PM on June 5, 2012

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