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Adding Contacts in Your Phone's Address Book

How Do You Add People to Your Address Book?

When you meet someone new, how do you add him or her to your phone's address book? I'm not talking friends or relatives — I'm talking about people you meet through friends, new business contacts, or anyone else whose number you want to save but aren't planning to become their best friend.

I recently started doing something new: if I meet someone new and want to store their number, I add their first name and, instead of their last, a detail of how I met them. For example, a few weeks ago I met someone at a concert and we exchanged numbers. I entered his contact info into my phone as "Tony Concertinthepark" so I'd remember who he was — much easier for me than adding his full name and being puzzled later as I scrolled through my address book. A friend of mine does the same thing — his now long-term girlfriend is still in his phone as "Katie Houseparty." Cute!

One of my friends completely disagrees with this strategy; she insists on entering the contact's first and last name. I can't get behind her system. . . Maybe it's bad short-term memory, but I think I'd end up with a phone book full of unrecognizable contacts. Do you have a special system for entering someone's contact info? Share it below!

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nicolecat nicolecat 7 years
I scroll by first name, so the first and last name go into the 'first name' field. same with aunts and uncles...except aunt or uncle is the first thing that goes in the field. *shrug* I guess everyone searches differently though.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I'm with you guys I use the company area for the where and when of our meeting, and if at all possible I also add their picture. I'm a visual person. If I meet them at a company function or if use Bump to exchange information I use the notes bar for these details.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I'm with andrealocke and kcwebgirl, I put in first and last names and then use the company field to put how we met. Also, I use groups on my iPhone.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
i put their full name and then put the "how we met" info in the company bar. but it also lets you add new fields and so i can get as detailed as i want.
andrealocke andrealocke 7 years
I put first and last name and then in the "company" category on my iPhone I put in how I know them. Might be TMI for some people but I like having the first and last name there. :)
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
I've been doing that as long as I can remember! I'm horrible with names, so I always had to do something I can help associate the person with their name. While in college, my phone was littered with Tina Econ102A and Betty BUS110. My boyfriend was originally in my phone as Chris Myspace (we met at a friend's house, but he used myspace to contact me afterwards). However, once I know I can remember their name, they get the typical first name, last name status in my phone book. ;p
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