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Share contacts between users in google apps gmail

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Share contacts between users in google apps gmail freetime 7/10/09 10:30 AM
We have a family domain hosted with Google Apps.  My wife and I would like to share our contacts -- and keep them in sync with our two iPhones.  We were able to do this with Mobile Me, but not with gmail contacts.

I've seen a number of people asking the same question, and it seems unsupported with gmail.  Contacts seem to be the weakest part of Google Apps.

Anyone know of another way to keep our two contact lists in sync?

I'm probably going to attempt using the gdata API and sync, but it would be nice to avoid that if someone already has a solution.

(Why are Contacts and Chat in the same category?)
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail wár17 § 7/10/09 9:18 PM
You can use Google Apps Sync if you are a premium member
http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/outlook_sync.html
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail freetime 7/11/09 1:24 PM
Doesn't that sync between Outlook?  No Outlook here.  I'm talking about syncing contacts between different gmail users.
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail wár17 § 7/11/09 2:16 PM
The Google Apps Sync only sync between Outlook users.

Try Soocial
http://www.soocial.com/
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail scrossland 7/12/09 1:20 AM
I have the exact same issue. Wife and I are Realtors. We are avid Gmail and Calendar users, but deeply disappointed with the limitations of Contacts and our inability to have a shared repository of contacts that will sync to our iPhones.

At present, I maintain our contacts in a CRM software which we keep updated. Then I ocassionally export all contacts and import into a separate single purpose gmail account, which I created just for contacts. Then, using nuevasync.com, I sync my personal calendar as well as the separate gmail account for the contacts, and have my wife set up the same way. Nuevasync allows you to sync your iPhone with two separate gmail accounts for Calendar and Contacts, so this is the best workaround I know of at the moment.

I'd love for someone to pop in hear with a bombshell link to the holly grail solution to this problem. If Google would just enable the sharing of contacts across multiple gmail user accounts, that would be the cat's meow and I'd be sold forever. I don't see why they have made the calendar sharing so simple and seamless but have neglected to make contact equally as sharable. Very frustrating.

Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail nadball 7/28/09 12:08 AM
i just tried soocial, but it wouldn't let you connect both a gmail account and a google apps account in order to sync between them.  i'm still looking for the holy grail link like scrossland...
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail dmor 8/12/09 9:47 PM
We have the same issue.  We're currently testing google apps for possible use with 12 person office currently MSOutlook.  Can't switch to google apps without having easily shared, sync-able contacts.
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail Hans Sietsma 8/18/09 6:51 AM
We are having the same hesitation. Using google Apps and GMail would save us lots of hassle. But we desperately need a shared and sync-able address book of our external/ outbound  contacts. For small businesses there is hardly a good solution available on the market, and most certainly not one that is integrted with sharing documents and calenders.
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail Rich H-S 8/28/09 2:33 AM
Agree that this is an issue but not hard to export from one and import to the other manually.
So long as you do it the same way each time and don't need 'real time' contact management (surely only call centres).

Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail gravi_t 8/28/09 2:47 AM
This is not the Google Apps forum. That is here:
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail sjsprecher 9/25/09 5:34 PM
I am also looking for a way to share contacts in our google apps business account.  It's silly 50 per user / per year.  That's an outrageous amount of money to charge a 5-person company.  For those of you that use Outlook in your office, you can sync your full Outlook (calendar, contacts, tasks, etc) on multiple computers with multiple users through a free web-hosted program called Airset (www.airset.com).   It's what we currently use in our office to sync our company's Outlook calendar & contacts.  We'd love to integrate everything to gmail.  I haven't checked recently to see if Airset now syncs with gmail.


Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail Daniel Florey 10/10/09 4:14 AM
Hi,
you can use our shared contacts app to share your contacts.
Here is a screencast how to install the free trial for your Google Apps domain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgiJuxe4W3Y&feature=channel

Here is a screencast that shows how to use the application:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r06XewlGbKc&feature=channel
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail gravi_t 10/10/09 5:23 AM
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail Daniel Florey 10/13/09 8:39 AM
You can use our free version with plain GMail contacts at

Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail mkhines 12/15/09 9:23 AM
so let me see if I understand here, is there, or is there not, a built in way in the google domain we have, to have one person import a giant list of contacts into their account, and then have them show up for everyone else?  
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail gravi_t 12/15/09 11:20 AM
mkhines,

You might want to read the very first reply in this discussion, by wár17 §.
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail keith.duff 12/19/09 5:20 AM

I would like to see a shared contact option set up just like shared calendars - where I can invite others to share a contact list (or group, I suppose) and give rights to just read or read/write.

 

I would use this in two ways:

 

1) I have a personal gmail account and a google apps account.  I have to manually keep both contact lists updated - I wish I could update one and it would auto update the other (or in this case, update one and that is the one both use)

 

2) In Google Apps, I have 6 people who all need access to the same contacts.  Just like above, when a change is made in one, I have to manually change the other 5.  Real pain.  In things like MS Exchange, this is considered a global address book. 

 

 

Some have listed Soocial as an option (http://www.soocial.com)
 
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail MaxxedMan 1/27/10 1:53 PM
http://www.richardmaxwell.name/blog/2010/1/27/syncing-google-apps-and-gmail-contacts.html

Soocial now supports this.  I have synced Gmail Contacts, iPhone, Google Apps, and Soocial
Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail Hamish MacEwan 8/15/10 3:21 PM

Get help with Google Apps Email

Email

Visit the Gmail Help Center or watch a video overview

So I guess we're in the right place according to Google.

Re: Share contacts between users in google apps gmail cfrid 1/13/11 9:36 PM
Dear Google,
Buy Soocial, then offer the contacts syncing free for regular Gmail users and pay a little bit for Apps users.

Thanks,
Chuckles