As a Plaxo user, you know that your address book is most accurate and complete when you import all your contacts across sources and share contact information changes as they happen. In fact, that was the original Plaxo vision – a single-source, up-to-date address book that’s available wherever you are.
User Post of the Week: @MyTechLife2: I just started using Plaxo again so I can sync my Outlook Contacts with GMail>iPhone>BlackBerry. I’m surprised Google doesn’t do this yet.
Over the years, the tricky part has been finding the most non-intrusive process for enabling contacts to share their updates with one another; thereby, realizing the most value from the Plaxo address book.
Admittedly, our initial solutions, although effective, were not all well received. But we listened, learned, and evolved our process over the years:
We moved away from emailing our users’ contacts on their behalf to placing this function under the control of our users; further, rather than request updates from their contacts, our users now provide updates to their own contact information.
So how does it work?
If you have a Plaxo account, you’re able to share a contact card. To access it, just click your name in the upper-right corner of the Plaxo screen, then select “Send my Contact Card” from the drop menu.
You can choose whether to send your Home (personal), Work (business) or both contact information, then select the contacts with whom you wish to share the card.
To update your contact info and control which information fields you send, click the “Update Contact Card” tab prior to sharing the card.
Your contacts will receive your contact card in an email message from you with a brief note indicating that you are sharing your updated contact info. If they are (or become) a Plaxo member they will also automatically receive your future updates directly in their address books – no additional email.
Similarly, your contacts have the option share their contact info with you should they choose to.
We think you will agree our reversed-sharing process provides additional value to Plaxo members and non-members alike – without requiring anything in return. And if you ever decide to stop sharing new updates with anyone you’ve done so in the past, you can easily manage your card permissions.
More information on address book automation and intelligence features coming on Wednesday!
We look forward to your feedback,