For quite a while now, I have been using Plaxo to manage my contacts. The great advantage of Plaxo is that it syncs with a variety of software—I use it with Outlook (two different copies), Thunderbird (ditto), and Gmail. The mobile version of Plaxo is also fast enough that you can access it even from an older smartphone instead of your local contacts.

With Plaxo, you can also sync your Outlook calendar(s), tasks, and notes.

LinkedIn does much the same thing, along with the social networking aspect. Both LinkedIn and Plaxo will automatically update contact information for any of your contacts who are also members, which is a handy feature.

Enter a new player, Keepm, which focuses solely on contact management. It will import from Gmail, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, etc. For someone who just needs a central contacts repository and does not want to muck about with all the social networking that comes with Plaxo and LinkedIn, Keepm looks like a simple, lightweight, and central contact manager.

[via Lifehacker]


  1. Avatar Steven Bolton says:

    Is Plaxo the same as Keepem? When I click on your link that is where I am directed. Can I use Plaxo to snyc my Outlook 2007 at home and my Outlook 2007 at my office?

    Steve Bolton

  2. Sam Glover Sam Glover says:

    Try again. It takes me to the Keepm website.

  3. Avatar Kate says:

    Any updated advice for lawyers managing their contacts?

    • Avatar Sam Glover says:

      Google Contacts syncs to pretty much everything, now. If you need to keep more than one Google account in sync, I was using Soocial, but it shut down this past August. Fortunately, I’m down to one Google account, so I don’t need it anymore. I’m not sure what to recommend in its place.

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