Things you find when cleaning out your Google contacts

If you’ve got a Gmail account, you’ve got Google Contacts. These are entries of all the folks you’ve ever emailed with Gmail, or interacted with in any other Google property.

We’re working on a Christmas project and wanted to get a good list of friends, so I pulled my contacts from my Gmail account.

Over 800.

Including Lady Gaga and ‘the Woz’ Steve Wozniak. (yes, I was surprised)! I assume Steve’s name is upside because he enjoys practical jokes 😉


Look who’s in my little black book!


After a bit of research, it seemed that I’d followed them on Google+ and their G+ profile was added to my contacts. Interesting…

Back to my digging… I wonder who else I’ll find? And who’s in *your* contacts? Just log into email, select contacts and export. And have fun!

Getting Things Done with Gmail?

GMail for Apps adds simple Task function

Usually Google Apps for Business is the last of Googles free online application suites to receive new features, but ever since Google enabled Google Labs within Apps for Business, new features are rolled at the same time.

Today Gmail received a simple Task List manager:

Google Tasks in action

Like many of Google’s enhancements, it’s a very simple implementation — but it works quite well, and means that I can remove another plugin from my poor oversized Firefox browser.

To enable Tasks, go to Settings, click the Labs tab (or just click here if you’re signed in). Select “Enable” next to “Tasks” and then click “Save Changes” at the bottom. Then, after Gmail refreshes, on the left under the “Contacts” link, you’ll see a “Tasks” link. Just click it to get started.

More at the Gmail Blog.