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Google Contacts API Might be a Big Deal

As someone who spend a lot of time thinking about email and address books, I was surprised that the announcement of Google’s Contact Data API didn’t generate more interest and discussion. I hope to see two things (at a minimum) come about now that this API is available:

  1. Google Calendar Sync for Blackberry is awesome. I would love to see a similar service that would make my Gmail address book accessible directly from my mobile
  2. A decent structured address book for Gmail. Right now, the Gmail address book is a mess. It adds everyone with whom you communicate and is generally unusable.

There are lots of other sync-based services I’d like to see built as well. More on this later.