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March 12, 2007

Gmail Contact Picker

I told you about this in December last year. Google's applications have a new way to pick the Gmail contacts you want to share a video with. Instead of typing the first letters of the name or email address and let Google autocomplete, the new interface (Gmail Contact Picker) shows at least two lists: the most contacted people, all the contacts and the contact groups. There's also a search box that actually shows all the contacts that match what you typed there.

If you send mail to a constant list of people, it's a good idea to create group and there's a little button that lets you save the current list of email addresses into a group. Next time, you can just select the group from the list and click on "Add all".

Many people didn't understand how autocomplete works in Gmail and asked questions like:
I'm new to Gmail. I had an account in another webmail provider but I always used Microsoft Outlook and now I'm missing, a lot, something I had in Outlook: When I compose a mail, there is no way to access my contact list to select multiple addresses from for the To field. Should I have to have memorized all of my Contacts entries in order to access them via the type-ahead functionality one at a time?

The new interface is richer, more intuitive and looks more like an "address book". I expect to see a better a contact manager soon and to have all these enhancements in Gmail.


To see this, go to a Google Video (like this one), click on the big blue button that says "Email - Blog - Post to MySpace" and then click on the "to" link. Gmail Contact Picker is also included in Google Spreadsheets, when you invite people to collaborate.

7 comments:

  1. In Google Docs, it just has a box where you type the addresses or names to invite collaborators. There is no contact picker now, although I hope there will be one in the future...

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  2. There's a new link in Google Spreadsheets that says "choose from contacts".

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  3. waiting for full gmail contact API.
    so google or third parties will build a better addressbook service.

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  4. I agree with Nico. It's terribly insane that GMail doesn't have a contact picker. It really would help me to have a visual of my address book when composing email messages. Maybe I'm missing something, but I would have thought that would have been the first place they incorporated a contact picker!

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  5. Yes, that's kind of amazing that Google does not provide yet a contact API. Considering the community interest in their Calendar API, this is indeed really insane.

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  6. Hello
    Si quelqu'un m'aide,
    car j'envoie le message de mon blog à 36 destinataires en les divisant en 4 sous groupes, car l'envoi n'est permis que par un groupe de 10 pas plus. Y a-t-il le moyen de l'envoyer d'un seul coup avec tous les destinataires? Merci de votre gentillesse de l'indiquer, dans la limite de vos connaissances bien ententu. marc

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