This is nice – centralizing access to information

By | December 7, 2011

It would be even nicer if non-Google information (e.g. LinkedIn, XING) could be automatically added if the user has granted access to particular other services as well.

/via +Thomas Morffew

Reshared post from +Robert Wallis

I see Big changes to Google Contacts have rolled out (contact where unavailable for some time yesterday).

I think this is a * revolution* for the web, here's why:

Old version: pic 1 & 2
Some one would give you their email address, you'd add it to contacts, if it was a gmail address it would pull the image (if they were sharing it with you). That's all you got.

New version: pic 3
If you have their gmail email you still have any data you have added, but what you now have is any data they have added to their Google Profile.
This includes any data they are sharing publicly; gives people much more incentive to complete their profile.
Note: I would expect data shared just with you (either to you or to a circle you are in) to show too, but would need to test that further at this point.

Why is this interesting?
Remember that contacts is basically how Google knows your connections: people you have "circled" are added to contacts under "other contacts".

Circles appear in the new version of contacts as well as any contact groups you have made in the past.

So to re-cap this is anther big step in Google's efforts to centralise it's data relating to how people are connected and their relationships. I'm looking forward to the contact data I have for the people I care about being kept up to date by them rather than relying on some old data from the past which might be out of date.

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