Fixing Your Gmail Autofill So You’re Not Emailing People at Old Addresses

Have you sent an important email to an associate and realized three days or three weeks later that they never got it because it was an ancient address that Gmail decided to autofill in without you noticing? And once you realized it, you picked apart Gmail but couldn’t figure out how to solve the problem?

Help is here: Complete instructions on how to change the auto-complete addresses in Gmail so that you don’t keep emailing a contact at his or her old address!

(It actually took me a good amount of time and help from a coworker to figure this out.)

  1. First you have to click on the Gmail tab under the Google header on the left side of the page and select contacts.
  2. Once you’re in the contacts section, you can search for the contact you wish to edit in the search field.
  3. Once you’re on the contact page, you can make edits.

Viola! These two minutes of work can save you from emailing the wrong address over and over again once and for all. Get to it immediately when you learn a contact has a new address.

Another idea: Next time you update your own email, send these instructions with your announcement to make it easy on your Gmail-using friends.

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Company Cultchah: Habit Labs

Recently I highlighted to-do managing app Asana’s list of Company Values. This week I ran across another company with a great list.

Habit Labs is devoted to “writing the code for human behavioral change” – literally. They build apps designed to (so far) help people adopt new habits, achieve goals, and empty their email inboxes.

HL has an entire page devoted to their Company Axioms, part of which covers 8 Core Values:

  1. Believe, or leave
  2. Everyone gets true autonomy
  3. Create opportunities for everyone to do their best work, every day
  4. Show people how they are making an impact Continue reading

Contact Management Tool Review: Contactually

As you may know, I’m working my way through trying out all the new smart contact managers. As someone who is considering a client services business (more on that soon!) the need to button up the data management side of my network and relationships is becoming ever more pressing.

This week’s trial: Contactually, recommended to me by Get Storied’s Michael Margolis.

Contactually immediately made me happy with two features I’ve been looking for and haven’t found elsewhere:

  • pinging reminders based on groups (‘buckets’)
  • drag-and-drop contacts to groups

I wish you could put someone into more than two buckets, although Michael immediately had this counterargument when I complained: It can be good to be forced to keep things simple. Still, I really enjoy the easy and flexible tagging system in the competitor product Connected. Something about their UI makes everything feel so organized and easy. Contactually does more, which is theoretically good, but it makes the dashboard there a lot more cluttered. Continue reading

Asana: An Easy to Use, Collaborative Task Manager

There’s a new(ish) task-management collaboration tool getting some hype. I signed up. So far, I like it.

It’s called Asana and The New York Times just ran two articles about it, a long, reported one here and a shorter item here.

It’s a “souped-up to do list,” per the Times. The company’s own copy says it is “the single place to quickly capture, organize, track, and communicate everything you and your team are working on….Asana will help your team stay connected, move faster, and get more done.” Founder Dustin Moskovitz, a Facebook alum, says it’s more focused on productive workflow than Yammer. It’s true that Asana is built for tasks, tasks, tasks, and discussion about tasks. But that means it’s not as relationship-oriented, which can be as important to office productivity as administrative factors. Continue reading

Contact Management Report: Connected

A report from the wild, wonderful world of contact management. Right now I’m working with Connected (connectedhq.com, acquired a while back by LinkedIn) and though it’s not as feature rich or “smart” as another contact manager that I have high hopes for, Graphight, it’s super easy to use and does have bonus features that work well to deploy myGreenlight contact management recs. I like it. I like it a lot.

Highlights:

  • Evernote integration, hurrah! Awesomely easy way to take down notes at, say, a cocktail party, and get those notes matched to contacts in your address book.
  • There’s a tool to identify super connectors using the “who introduced me” feature in each contact entry – this is important, since identifying and hanging out with super connectors is an important way to keep opportunity and information flowing through your network.
  • Pinging tool: For each contact, you can be reminded to reach out at whatever frequency you request. Now, here’s my feature request: Reminders to ping a tagged group (rather than an individual) with a certain frequency. Not that you’d ping them all at once or with the same message, but so that you’d be prompted to visit the tagged list and consider with whom it’s a good moment for a generous outreach.
  • On Connected’s blog, they offer a worksheet to help you define your “Relationship Management Objective” – this is no replacement for myGreenlight’s Relationship Action Plan, but it is a cool, quick tool to think through your “relationship objectives”: which audiences you’re looking to communicate with, why, what message you want to send, and how you want to send it. Continue reading

Cool New Apps to Fuel Your Job Hunt

One of the places where past investments in social capital pay back major dividends is when you are in the market for a new job. Having an inside connection at any company can up your chances of finding out about new opportunities early, and making sure your credentials get in front of the right people. Luckily, there are an array of tools emerging to make the entire process more efficient, and yes, even enjoyable.

You are probably already familiar with the ways that LinkedIn can help uncover connections you didn’t even realize existed. Whether you find job postings right on the LinkedIn site or elsewhere, a quick search to see if you have someone on the inside at your dream company should be part of your application process.

To take your LinkedIn profile to the next level, check out Re.Vu - a cool way to create a visually appealing storyboard of your past experience. To see what I mean, check out my Re.Vu page. Their site pulls your history from the LinkedIn site and gives you lots of options to add more information to flesh out and portray your past in an engaging way. My favorite part? The time graph of employment history – my past has never seemed so exciting. Sharing your Re.Vu site is more efficient than carrying around paper resumes and easy for friends to pass along on your behalf. Continue reading

Relationship Roundup – Fresh New Features at myGreenlight

As members of myGreenlight progress through their courses, we (the staff) continue to step up our game to evolve the program. This week, we revealed a few new features we can’t wait for members to apply to their training experience.

For our road runners – Member’s who’ve completed all three courses (30 lessons) and are ready for new challenges will get revved up about myGreenlight’s first elective course The Sales Action Sequence. The Sales Action Sequence was designed by Keith Ferrazzi to sharpen the relationship-building skills most fundamental to sales success. These 10 missions help members stockpile their social capital and grow their pipeline in service of meeting their revenue goals. Check out the new elective course here.

Linking in our members – myGreenlight profiles can now use the new LinkedIn profile integration feature to auto import data and create their community identity with the click of a button. Link in your myGreenlight profile today.

Mobile messaging – The course reminder text message feature gives members more control over when and where they receive communications from myGreenlight. Leveraging the proven power of text “nudges” for behavior modification; this feature allows users to opt-in to receive supportive reminders to complete their missions. Set up your mobile message here.

Help Desk refresh – Members can now get answers more quickly with our expanded knowledge base using our new Help Desk feature at http://help.mygreenlight.com/.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Relationship Roundup

Everyone’s buzzing about South by Southwest  (SXSW) week, the uber cool music, film, tech, and media conference in Austin, Texas. Among the innovators, some of the following social media application developers are burning the midnight oil to introduce SXSW goers to the cool tools that are or will soon be helping us manage our manically connected worlds. None too soon in my book! This week in the Roundup, I present some options that are hot on the market and coming down the pipeline to streamline your socially connected life.

Get Ming.ly with it! – For managing the flow of your existing and growing connections, as well as remembering important details about them, Ming.ly offers several  functions to give your memory a break. The application works with your existing social media networks to keep track of whose coming in and out of your world. Check out the Ming.ly web demo to learn more here http://bit.ly/xpsR5r.

Spotlight on Highlight – I was told the industry is going nuts over Highlight, a fun and easy way to learn about the people around you. Imagine this…the person next to you also has Highlight and their profile shows up on your phone. You can see all the profile details they’ve chosen to share to strike up a conversation. Hmmm, we used to call that stalking but between two consensual adults I’m all for it. Learn more http://bit.ly/yocauc. Continue reading

Want to Meet New People? Go to a Grubwithus Dinner, Stat

Some quick notes about my first Grubwithus dinner last night. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a startup that organizes themed “networking” dinners in over 40 cities. They’re only “networking” events in the same redefined sense that we would use the word at myG: opportunities to connect with new people, share passions, cool ideas, our best knock-knock jokes, and be helpful to each other whenever possible.

Grubwithus has done a great job setting the stage for everyone to have a great time – Keith and our myG team would approve. For example, most of the dinners are built and promoted around what we would call an “anchor” – either an interesting person or a common interest to be discussed. Last night’s was anchored by Y Combinator Ambassador/Breadpig creator Alexis Ohanian, along with a panel of people from foodie-related startups.

There was one area where this particular dinner departed from Keith’s playbook: Beer and sweet sangria only, no wine list; a small complaint. But I could have used wine to get over my minor fangirl fluster because I love that darn Breadpig so much. (I also really like the company who made their promo video, Grumo Media.) But no matter.

Really, I only have this to say: If Grubwithus has dinners in your city, GO! And if they don’t, find an alternative, like meetup.com (or write grubwithus and see if you can bring them to your city).

This is purposeful social engineering at its best: Everyone is there to enjoy a dinner with strangers, and maybe turn some of them into to friends. That means everyone’s mental/emotional door is already cracked open to connection. Grubwithus is engineering that subtle shift across hundreds of dinners, in dozens of cities. It’s karmic goodness right up there with the TM folks trying to levitate the Pentagon for peace in the ’60s. But probably more effective.