How to manage your address book: a quick and easy guide

August 19, 2015

In 2013, John Wilmot and Craig Bartholomew founded Nameloop, a mobile and web app that allows you to share your contact information safely and securely with your contacts. After receiving some early stage investment which allowed them to operate with full autonomy from day one, they now have their own office at 200 St Vincent Street in Glasgow. Creative Clyde recently spoke to Sam Pavin, Head of Content and Marketing at the company, who explains why their content management app can make your life easier…

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The Web is full of cries for help. “Lost my contacts”. “New phone, address book wiped out”. Facebook and Twitter echo the voices of every one of us when the dreaded “data lost” fate hits.

Organising our phones and safeguarding our data can consume a lot of our precious time which we could be spending on other important tasks like sending cheeky photos on Snapchat, but it’s something that if you get right, it can make your life a lot simpler.

At Nameloop, we’re keen to make your contact management a bit easier, so here’s our quick guide to what to look for in the best contacts management solution.

1) Own your data

If you’ve looked into an app to manage your contacts before, you’ll know that most of them rely on getting their data from third party sources like Facebook, LinkedIn or Gmail. That’s fine if they’ve got the data but more often than not, it means they create out-of-date and incomplete address books.

Ultimately, the quality of your address book is only as good as the information you feed it, and for us, that means people choosing what they share, rather than relying on another service pulling in data. Think about how amazing your contacts would be if every person you’ve connected to has chosen what they’re sharing with you and whenever they update their info (move house, change jobs etc.), it updates on your phone. We think that’s pretty cool.

2) Privacy & Control

Ever posted something on Facebook and wondered who can actually see it or ‘liked’ something not knowing that your entire friend list can now see that ‘like’?

Data privacy is a hot topic right now and after all, nobody should be able to access or see what you don’t want them to. Adding contact information to LinkedIn or Facebook means you’re sharing it with all your contacts, whether it’s that person you met travelling five years ago or the recruiter you’ve never met.

We think you should be able to choose the level of information you share with your individual contacts, giving you the privacy and control of your data that you need.

3) Keeping your contacts up-to-date

Call to a dead number? Email delivery failed? There’s nothing worse than having out-of-date contact information when you need it most. Communication should be a two-way street, which is where Nameloop steps up, to make sure that you and your contacts both have the most up-to-date information each other.

4) Be social

Of course, our phone and e-mail address books are usually populated by meeting someone in person and sharing contact information the old-fashioned way, yet the majority of our contacts are actually already linked and interacting with us via social networks.

It would be a shame to not use this level of network connectivity to our advantage. We want to encourage using social media to maximise the ability to network. You won’t want contact information for everyone you’re connected to on Facebook or LinkedIn but we’ll show you if these connections are also on Nameloop to make the sharing aspect of contact details that little bit easier.

The next step is yours. Discover a new and social way to connect and communicate with your contacts.

Nameloop is a contact management company founded by John and Craig in 2013. If you’re interested in finding out more about Nameloop, check out their website – or follow them on Twitter @nameloop.