My Contacts: An explanation
“My Contacts” is the central hub for the contacts you sync and import into your FullContact account.
As a whole, this address book is known for: keeping your contacts updated, syncing bi-directionally with Google and / or iCloud, auto-merging and de-duplicating your contacts, and displaying the same contact version across multiple devices.
Contacts sync bi-directionally with Google and / or iCloud.
- A contact that exists in “My Contacts” can be set to sync bi-directionally with a Google Contacts account, iCloud account, and Exchange/Office 365 account. Edits, changes, merges, deletions, etc. will sync back-and-forth between FullContact and the source.
Contacts are enriched and updated.
- The contacts in the FullContact address book are the only contacts enriched and updated with publicly available data — in other words, when we search for basic demographics (age, gender, interest, occupation, etc.) along with various social network profiles—this info is only available for the contacts that exist in the “My Contacts” address book. You’ll see these updates in your Updates tab.
Contacts benefit from auto-merge and deduplication.
- We’ll only suggest contacts that are potential duplicates if they exist in your “My Contacts” address book. Additionally, we only auto-merge contacts in “My Contacts.”
Contacts can be viewed in your account’s Activity Log.
- Any updates, merges, edits, and deletions you see in the History dashboard only apply for “My Contacts”. If you edit, un-merge, un-delete, etc. directly from the History dashboard, those changes will be reflected for your contacts in your “My Contacts” address book only.
Contacts are accessible across platforms.
- No matter where you view or edit a contact that exists in your contacts, it contains the same information.
When you have contacts in multiple sources, you probably have multiple entries for the same person. That’s where your FullContact address book can help. Think of your FullContact address book as the consolidated address book to house each of your contacts as a single identity.
For each contact that exists in your address book, we’ll include a list of the sources where this contact exists, whether as a Twitter follower, a LinkedIn connection, or as someone you follow on Twitter.
The image below shows how one contact can have data from multiple record sources:
As you can see in the example above:
- Bi-directional arrows exist for Google Contacts and iCloud indicating that changes will sync both ways between FullContact and Google and/or iCloud.
- The rest of the sources—Twitter, LinkedIn, AngelList, and the imported file—indicate adjunct sources for the contact in Unified.
As displayed in the example above, you have connected your Google Contacts address book, iCloud account, Twitter, LinkedIn, and AngelList, and then you imported a file of contacts from your desktop. That’s six sources, six different address book lists in your FullContact account.
However, there’s probably the same contact that exists in a subset of these separate lists. FullContact consolidates these redundant contacts. As opposed to seeing six entries for the same person in your FullContact address book, you’ll see one entry with info from: Google, iCloud, Twitter, LinkedIn, AngelList, and your imported file listed as sources beneath it.
Lastly, to achieve contact nirvana, you’ll want to make sure your Address Book settings are setup correctly to allow FullContact to work its magic.
You can read more about your Address Book Settings options here.
Now that you’re an expert on the features and functions of the FullContact address book, take full advantage of its power. Join one of our free Getting Started webinars for tips, tools, and tricks. You’re just one step away from syncing all of your contacts.