May 16th, 2010

mice with clipboards

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!)