I have a large contacts database that I have been building since I entered the business world I guess. I feel fortunate to have had an opportunity to cross paths with a lot of talented folks and to have worked with them from time to time on various projects. I use Microsoft Outlook to manage my contacts database and I then sync this database with my Treo 680 smartphone and my Pleth Premium Email Solution account so I always have up to date contacts with me at all times whether I am in the car, on the golf course, or traveling with my laptop. I also synchronize my contacts database with Plaxo, here’s a brief description of what exactly plaxo does that I grabbed from wikipedia.org…
Plaxo is an online address book service founded by Napster co-founder Sean Parker, Minh Nguyen, and two Stanford engineering students, Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring. Plaxo, based in Mountain View, California, is currently privately held and supported by venture capital. In October 2006, the website reported 15 million users.
Plaxo provides automatic updating of contact information. Users and their contacts store their information on Plaxo’s servers. When this information is edited by the user, the changes appear in the address books of all those who listed the account changer in their own books. Once contacts are stored in the central location, it is possible to list connections between contacts and access the address book from anywhere.
A Plaxo plug-in supports major address books including Outlook/Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Mac OS X‘s Address Book, though other ones can be supported through an application programming interface. Additionally, Plaxo can also be maintained through an online version.