Last night I spent 3 hours of my life (that I will never get back) organizing my contacts. I decided that using the lifehacker google/addressBook sync hack that I would sync my contacts.
I was diligent. I first saved an archive of my current Address Book contacts and then made the leap. Ugh! over 1500 contacts, mostly crap in my Address Book. I knew there was no easy way to tackle this behemoth so I decided to just grin and bear it.
I started by deleting or combining duplicate entries. This was probably the most work. I’m amazed that Address Book doesn’t know that amy jones and Amy Jones are the same person but I digress. After that it was time to delete all the addresses like email@example.com. Despite what google thinks, there’s no reason to have these addresses in my address book.
When I was finished, I had a respectable 945 contacts in my address book. Yes, it’s still a lot of people, and probably a lot of people I don’t even know, but at least there aren’t duplicate entries and one-off emails.
I feel cleansed. I feel as if I have done something good for myself, for my gmail and for my new iPhone (coming in July).