https://wiki.mozilla.org/Features/Thunderbird/Modern_Address_Book

Mike Conley mconley at mozilla.com
Mon Sep 19 20:55:43 UTC 2011


All:

I've updated the feature page again with some general use cases.  Let me 
know if you have any questions, concerns, comments, etc.  All feedback 
welcome while I sort this thing out.  :)

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Features/Thunderbird/Modern_Address_Book

-Mike

On 11-09-08 11:02 AM, Mike Conley wrote:
> Hey all,
>
>  > sorry mike don't really want to start a discussion on your blog :-)
>
> No worries. :)
>
>  > Getting the data out and synched to other places where I would need
>  > it (ie my phone and my webmails) is a pain.
>
> Yes, absolutely. I haven't heard of anybody who *likes* to enter contact
> information. All of the anecdotal data I've gathered so far suggests
> that people want to do it once, and not think about it again. They just
> want it to be current, and ubiquitous (while remaining in their total
> control).
>
> So my idea is to allow the address book to know about "content
> providers", and to allow syncing across those providers. Whether or not
> that provider is Google Contacts, LDAP, Plaxo, your OSX address book,
> Sync, etc.
>
> It's a bit tricky, since the fields that these providers support don't
> always map 1-to-1, but my vision is that you'd add a contact to
> Thunderbird, and, with your permission, it'd appear in your GMail
> contacts...your OSX address book...your iPhone/Android/B2G phone via Sync.
>
>  > The only use I currently have for the address book are :
>  > Autocomplete with contacts I have emailed in the past
>  > LDAP usage so I can find contacts in the company I work for
>
> I imagine you're not alone in that regard. My plan won't alter this
> functionality.
>
>  > I think what Mike was saying there was that if you don't use the
>  > Address Book, nothing should change in the contact applictions you do
>  > use…
>
> So I've come across several instances where Thunderbird users didn't
> even notice that an address book existed. They'd never clicked on the
> address book button, had never created a contact, etc. Their primary
> interaction with the address book is via the auto-complete mechanism. I
> don't want to make those users do any extra work to continue on with
> their lives - so my point was, if/when we upgrade the address book, it
> shouldn't cause any pain for people who don't use the address book (or,
> like Blake said, use some alternative). If anything, it should become
> easier.
>
> Anyhow, I'll see if I can make the wording on the feature page more clear.
>
> Thanks for your feedback! Let me know where else I wasn't clear.
>
> -Mike
>
> On 11-09-08 10:29 AM, Blake Winton wrote:
>> On 11-09-08 4:30 , Ludovic Hirlimann wrote:
>>> sorry mike don't really want to start a discussion on your blog :-)
>>
>> Better there than twitter… ;)
>>
>>> The only use I currently have for the address book are :
>>> Autocomplete with contacts I have emailed in the past
>>> LDAP usage so I can find contacts in the company I work for
>>
>> Also white-listing senders to show remote content from?
>>
>>>> It should not change the experience for users who do not use the
>>>> address book
>>> I disagree , it should be made attractive for me to start using it.
>>
>> I think what Mike was saying there was that if you don't use the Address
>> Book, nothing should change in the contact applictions you do use…
>>
>> Later,
>> Blake.
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