how to share contacts in a single file?
February 1, 2008 2:27 PM   Subscribe

Any way to have a shared Address Book while using Thunderbird?

My two-person office used to have only one email address (yes, we are that lo-tech), and only recently have we switched over to our two separate email addresses.

My question: is it possible on Windows XP (using Thunderbird, but we would be willing to switch to a new program) to share a contacts/address book over a network of two computers? We have 300 filmmakers whose work we distribute and need to keep track of all their up-to-date info. So instead of changing it two times on our two separate address books, is it possible to share contacts in a single, shared file? It seems like something that would be easy to do, my tech-dumb self just can't seem to figure it out.

Thanks in advance for any help, mefites!
posted by ethel to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I think this is what you're looking for.

Good luck!
posted by magnoliasouth at 3:27 PM on February 1, 2008

I think the Plaxo* site, mentioned on the Mozillazine page, is probably the easiest solution in this case, unless you're already using a mail server which supports Kolab or some other similar groupware, in which case that would be better.

*I haven't used Plaxo before.
posted by anaelith at 3:37 PM on February 1, 2008

The best solution I came up with was designating one computer as the "master," where the changes were made, and using the Addressbooks Syncronizer extension to save the file on a shared drive when Thunderbird exits. The other computer downloads the file when Thunderbird starts.
posted by djb at 5:41 PM on February 1, 2008

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