Hello Web 2.0!

January 30, 2006

One of the projects I’ve been working on at Plaxo has been a little Web 2.0 widget called Plaxo Address Book Access and we released it late last week!

Basically, if you ever need a user to type in e-mail addresses for any reason, we’ve got the answer for you. Now with in a few minutes, you can allow users on your site to import e-mail addresses from MSN/Hotmail, Yahoo!, GMail, Outlook, or Outlook Express. Then, it’s displayed in a list where users can choose which e-mail addresses they want to populate in your form and viola – contact import from webmail for almost 0 work!

Here’s what it looks like: first, users get to choose where they keep their contacts

Plaxo Address Book Access Widget

Then, they login like they usually do

Plaxo Address Book Access Widget

Finally, they get to choose which contacts they want to grab (usually the e-mail addresses are filled into the right side, but I’ve removed them in Photoshop)

Plaxo Address Book Access Widget

Super cool huh? You’ll never have to write a screen scraper for Hotmail or Yahoo again! If you have questions, let me know 🙂

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6 Responses to “Hello Web 2.0!”


  1. Thunderbird is considered “other” then?


  2. Now when will I be able to synchronize my Gmail address book with Plaxo?

  3. terry chay Says:

    I think that the only reason Outlook/OE is there is because of an ActiveX plugin that enables that integration. For the case of T-bird or Apple Address Book, you would upload your contacts via vcard (in “Other”).

    The other way is to sync your T-bird contacts with Plaxo using the T-bird Plaxo client or the Mac client and just click on Plaxo.

    Hmm, there’s no Mac client? Grrr…

  4. Michael Says:

    must….not…comment…on…this…screenshot… MUST….NOT…COMMENT… ARRGGLLLL!!!!!

  5. Don Says:

    I’m no tech expert, but something makes me uncomfortable signing into a password protected site like my Gmail account while I’ve got another website’s URL in the upper left address bar. Is this something we really want people to get used to doing? It seems like a phisher’s dream come true. That concern aside, it looks like a great tool.

  6. yusef Says:

    Hi, i would like to know if i could have the screens on spanish


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