Gmail cleans up contacts

The Gmail team has decided to change the way that they auto-ad contacts to your Gmail Contact list. When Google first released GMail after you sent an email out if the email address wasn't listed in your contacts it would automatically add a contact entry for you. This received a lot of complaints so the Gmail team decided you would have to email that same address 5 times before the contact was automatically created.

With the start of the Android phenomenon just around the corner the Gmail Contacts team has decided this process needed a little bit of polishing. Gmail will no longer automatically add contacts to your "My Contacts" group but rather add them to a new group called "Suggested Contacts". Gmail will also move all of their previous auto-ad contacts to this new group unless the contact has been modified by the user. When you are sending out an email Gmail will still auto complete the address from both your "My Contact" group as well as the new "Suggested Contacts" group. Separating these two groups should make the Android mobile experience much more tolerable.

What other processes do you think Google will decide need some "polish" with the upcoming release of Android?

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they even add those contacts to the
GTalk little window... so abuse/support/etc. addresses which have nothing to do with GTalk, GMail or Jabber are shown in that list for no apparent reason (as they will never be "online")

My contact list has never grown? Good thing too. I HATE that auto add crap.

This is just making more of a mess than their e-mail already is. Gmail IS NOT that great of a web based e-mail. I only use my accounts for storing crap, for the most part, and usually hate going there to retrieve something.

Spam at Gmail is easily worse than any of my several "other" e-mail addresses too.

I'm suprised you feel that way. I've used Yahoo, Hotmail, and a couple other nameless ones, and by far I appreciate GMail more. I have better conversation tracking and far less spam in my GMail than any of my other email addresses, and it's my primary email address. I guess each to their own though, otherwise, why would we need so many choices?

I agree at least about the spam. I won't touch Yahoo or Hotmail (AKA Windows LIVE Spam)because those two are crammed full of spam compared to Gmail. If I ever threaten to open a can of Spam on someone, those are the two places I will be sending them.

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