Google supports human oversight

 "Google De-Automates Addition of Gmail Contacts" By: Thomas Claburn

1-Sentence Summary*

In truth, Google‘s decision to change the way Gmail gathers contacts isn’t so much a repudiation of automation as an acknowledgment that automation must be balanced by human oversight.

By far having Suggested Contacts where Gmail puts its auto-created addresses gives users back the control over their address book. By default, Suggested Contacts that you email regularly are automatically added to My Contacts. And if you do not like this automated step you can still choose to disable usage-based addition of contacts to My Contacts. Once you do this, no matter how many times you email an auto-added email address it won’t be moved to My Contacts.

As a result My Contacts contains the contacts you explicitly add to your address book through a manual entry, import or sync.
 
With these changes it will be much easier to clean up the address book and make it organized and functional. This is yet another step towards reducing information overload.

* 1-Sentence Summary is done using Context Organizer

 

About Henry

Hi, I’m Henry Lewkowicz and I’m the CEO of Context Discovery Inc. For long time I have been interested in the importance of context in understanding information. Intuitively we recognize the meaning of context when we say “you took my words out of context”. This phrase vividly signifies how much we care about our intentions and point of view. I believe that in the Internet age context plays a big role in rapid understanding of information. I’ll go on the record and say that in fact seeing information in context dramatically speeds understanding and simplifies application of information. In this blog I hope to have a lively dialog with you on a range of subjects related to context, information overload, knowledge, learning and other fun topics. In the course of doing it I will be using our own application, Context Organizer, as an experiment in capturing in 1 sentence what bloggers and other writers publish. I hope that we all will have some fun with it and learn more about communicating. Although this is primarily a technology and business blog, to great degree it's also my personal blog. From time to time, amongst the customary posts, I will write about issues that I passionately care about, my travels, and photos that I've taken. Periodically I refer to my family or friends, and sometimes you even see my vacation photos. I hope to make lots of new friends and learn a great deal in the process. Life is too short…. Enjoy, and feel free to write to me.
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