Millions of people use Google Contacts, and nearly as many wish there was a way to make the ubiquitous contact management system a little better. Now there is. Rainmaker is an application that improves the way people use Google Contacts. The cloud-based application pulls information directly from users’ social media accounts into the Google Contacts system, eliminating redundancy and ensuring that important contact information doesn’t get overlooked.
If you already use Gmail or Google Apps, then getting started with Rainmaker is a breeze. Sign in with your current email address and then link Rainmaker to your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook accounts. Once you click the “Make It Rain” button, you can sit back and let Rainmaker do its thing. In an instant, the application will pull all the contact information from your social media accounts into Google Contacts. The names, tiles, and organizations associated with all your contacts will be preserved, as well any profile photos or personal information your contacts have saved on their own social networking accounts. Click on a business associate in Google Contacts and you won’t just see an email address and a phone number. You’ll also see the person’s photo, age, business title, and links to his or her social networking accounts. Rainmaker even organizes your contacts by company and filters people based on their email domains.
Rainmaker will periodically check your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook accounts to see if any information for your colleagues has been updated or changed, ensuring the contact information you have on file is always accurate and up to date. For people who want a better contact management system but hesitate to move their information to a foreign web-app, Rainmaker is a tool that shouldn’t be missed.
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