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I know. I'm a hard lady to please.

I have a dilemma, LJ.

As some of you may have heard, I'm deleting my Facebook account in the near future. I've had it up to here with Facebook's stance on user privacy (ignoring the fact that just about everything can be found publicly elsewhere), how they use the user's information, the hoops you have to jump through in order to lock things down, the so-called instant personalization (which I've disabled), Facebook's lax security, the sharing of private data with applications (and you have to block each app individually!), and the lack of support for the true open web, I'm done. Oh, and my mum joined Facebook last night.

That's not the dilemma. If you're friends with me on Facebook, don't be alarmed to see your friend count fall by one in the near future.

What I need is a contact management system. That's right. I still don't have a proper address book, and the deletion of my Facebook account may as well teach me how to do that.

* Yes, I still have a dumbphone.
* A lot of my contacts will be twenty-something women. Some of them will marry one day, and a subset of those will change their last name.
* I like alphabetical order.
* I also like paper and pen.
* I want to be able to use this thing on the go.

All the popular methods I've read about are geared toward storing email and toward online storage. I may not have Internet access when I need an address or phone number. On the other hand, I don't want to rely on my phone to store phone numbers forever because of the inevitability of getting a new phone. And no, I don't want everyone's email in my main mail contact list because chances are I'll never email them.

Any ideas?

(On a completely different note, I finished a Dr. Nbook today and bought pumpkin seeds. Woo!)

Comments

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sircaliban
May. 16th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
you could keep track of people using yahoo contacts. (or google contacts).

when I got my palm pre... it imported all my contacts from yahoo contacts.
azurelunatic
May. 17th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I also like Google contacts; it does skew towards email; it also lets you sync up with a desktop email client's address book, ditto a smartphone; it lets you export contacts in a few file types of choice.

But electronic things aside, I might recommend an old-fashioned paper address book, with openable rings, and assigning one page per person, so you can re-organize them when they rename, and slot new pages in between old pages as you get to know new people and/or find out new people's full names. They make alphabetical binder tabs.

If you want to keep paper synchronized with a permanent electronic thing, I recommend making a pencil symbol that means "this needs synchronization" and sitting down weekly or monthly and reconciling and then erasing the symbol.
sircaliban
May. 17th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
I was a bit surprised that my new phone transfered contacts (from google) so easily. :)

I'm thinking I should take our address book and put everyone into google contacts.
poisonedwriter
May. 17th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
In your Gmail contacts, there's a place for phone numbers, addresses, and notes, so things like what year they graduated, maybe their married and maiden name, etc.

Traditional address books, it must be said, are much handier for when you're sending out mass mailing (Christmas cards, invitations, thank yous...) - It's much easier to flip back and forth in a book than changing between writing and typing. Azurelunatic's suggestion seems super awesome, but a regular address book using pencil is just as practical.
thisisthesmile
May. 17th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
...Alphabetize by first name instead of last? =D
moonglade_swan
May. 28th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
My facebook was still set to Korean when they started doing weird things to facebook again, so I had to switch back to English just to figure out what the hell was going on. Apparently, it wanted me to connect every single thing on my profile to it's corresponding facebook page. Since I refused to do that it pretty much deleted most of my profile....

I'm seriously considering deleting my facebook too but, it's the only way I have of contacting some people. I guess it's address book time for me too.
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