Add the Smartr Contacts Widget to your Android homescreen to ensure your contacts are always close at hand. With the widget, you’ll have one click access to search all your contacts or compose an email to multiple people.
We think it’s a lifesaver and hope you do too!
Adding the Smartr Contacts Widget is easy:
- From an empty spot on your screen, press and hold until the menu appears
- Select the Smartr Widget (Large or Small) from the list
- You’re done!
You may notice that sometimes on the Smartr Contacts home screen, you see a “focused” view of single contact. What is this?
- The contact in “focus” is displayed in 4 squares and is surrounded by photos of all the contacts you both have in common
- Tap any photo to view the complete profile details for that contact
This is a great way to explore your contacts and find those with whom you may have lost touch.
As you know, there are loads of great features and functionality in Smartr Contacts for Android and we want to make sure you can make the most of the app - So we are starting a series of tips for both the Android and Gmail products - We hope you enjoy!
Tip #1 - Smartr Contacts ranks everyone by importance, so the people you talk to the most are at the top.
- Swipe the contacts screen up or down to scroll through all your contacts
- Use the search bar at the top to search by first or last name, company, title or phone number
Smartr Contacts keeps all your contacts close and your important contacts closer!
Xobni and Smartr are priceless for Sales & Marketing professionals as these products allow them to take relationship management to a new level. In the Sales world, your contacts are your business and both Xobni and Smartr make finding anyone you’ve ever communicated with incredibly easy!
Xobni has been nominated for “Top Sales Productivity Tool” as part of the Annual Top Sales & Marketing Awards 2011 and we need your votes to win!
The old “six degrees of separation” adage appears to be shrinking quickly!
92% of Facebook users are separated by only 4 degrees from any other user, according to analysis Facebook calls, “the largest social network studies ever released.”
“The average distance in 2008 was 5.28 hops, while now it is 4.74,” Facebook says. You can learn more about Facebook’s newfangled spin on 1960s social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s experiments to prove that people are separated by only six contacts here.
Facebook is not the only place where you can see your network connections. With the common contacts feature in Smartr Inbox for Gmail and Smartr Contacts for Android, you can see all the people you have in common with any contact so you can easily grow your network. Simply select any contact in Smartr and select the common contacts tab (show the icon maybe) and here you can easily see all your mutual contacts and drill into each person’s profile. Now you can truly see how small the world really is.
Xobni has released our 2nd annual survey results on email behavior around the holidays… and it ain’t pretty if you’re a believer in disconnecting over the holidays. Overall, the percentage of people checking and receiving email was shockingly similar to last year’s results, leading us to believe this is a very valid representation of email behavior over the holidays.
The highlights of the survey are as follows:
- A whopping 79% of U.S. working adults say they receive work email on traditional holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc.; and 68% with email admitted to checking it.
- 19% of people said that they are actually “thankful for the distraction” or “relieved” to receive work email on holidays.
- 37% of people surveyed admitted to feeling annoyed, frustrated or resentful after receiving work-related emails on holidays. This number dropped slightly from 41% last year, leading to more evidence that people are accepting (and for some, embracing) work on the holidays.
- 41% of people that admitted to checking email because they believe doing so would ease the work load once they return from the “break.”
- Funny bone stat: 6% say they use work email as a way to avoid awkward family/holiday commitments and “crazy” friends and/or relatives. ;)
But, there’s good news for the holiday purists. According to the survey, men are checking email LESS. That’s right - in 2010, 67% of men admitted to checking email in 2010, and that number fell to 58% in 2011. And women are checking slightly more… meaning we’re closing the gender gap on who checks email while spending time with friends and family over the holidays.
If you’re intrigued and want to learn more, here’s a link to the full data released today (and here are the results from last year). We’ve only got one rule - don’t read this from the Thanksgiving table!
At Xobni, we believe the address book as it is today is broken. We spend a lot of time around here figuring out how to make email and contact management easier, better and effortless. Some call it the magic in the mundane, but we call it awesome. Our most recent product called Smartr (now for Gmail and Android) has been called a “magic address book,” and PC Magazine said it best when they said “Smartr…dives into your contacts list and pulls up pearls of information, like the date you first communicated and who is frequently CC’ed on emails. It’s an efficient way to search your list of contacts, while also keeping an eye on Twitter and Facebook.”
We’ve also surveyed our customers to better understand how much time they save with Smartr and Xobni (4/hours per week, for inquiring minds), but thought it would also be interesting to understand the value they place on their contacts. We were surprised by some of the responses, and wanted to share. Below is an infographic displaying much of this data, and the press release with more results can be found here.
By Mark Rubin, Software Engineer @ Xobni
At Xobni, we’re continually experimenting with useful and compelling ways to leverage the data in your “implicit social graph.” In short, this is the graph of connections that arises from your social behaviors – who you email and who emails you, who you call and who calls you, etc. All the functionality you find in Smartr Inbox for Gmail leverages your implicit graph in one way or another, but I wanted to highlight a feature I’m particularly excited about: The implicit Twitter feed. This perfectly demonstrates how adding the magic of Smartr’s platform to an already great service can make that service even better.
Even if you are an avid Twitter user, there are likely people you’d be following if you knew they were on Twitter. Or maybe there are people you know are on Twitter, but you haven’t followed them yet. Or maybe you work in a job where it would be useful to follow a contact on Twitter while you’re in the middle of negotiating a contract, but not afterwards. That’s why we came up with the Twitter tab in the new Smartr (what we internally call your implicit Twitter feed).
Here’s how it works: Every day, Smartr analyzes the data in your implicit graph, ranks the contacts you’re connected to, and finds additional people on Twitter you may be interested in (since you communicate with them all the time). Based on this data, we create a nicely tuned list of contacts you’re likely to be interested in following on Twitter. We then take that list and create an actual Twitter list for you, which you can access from any Twitter client that supports viewing of Twitter lists (e.g. twitter.com, most mobile clients). Smartr also uses this list to show you an automatic stream of tweets from relevant people in your Gmail inbox, which you can then choose to “follow” (or not) right within the sidebar. To get to this list in Smartr, simply click on the bird icon in the sidebar, and it will take you to our Twitter pane. From there, you can customize how you view tweets – either view a Twitter feed from contacts you’re following on Twitter, tweets from your top contacts (that’s the implicit Twitter feed mentioned here), or both mixed together.
There are some other features in our Gmail sidebar based on the same idea. We have a Facebook feed that will show you Facebook content based on who we have discovered is most important to you; we invite you to compare our results with Facebook’s newly released Top Stories feature. Also, you can select from the sidebar’s menu in the top right to “Add Contacts to LinkedIn”, “Add Contacts to Facebook”, or “Add Contacts to Twitter”. These will offer suggestions of people you might want to connect with based on our analyses of who is in your inbox.
We’re all very excited at Xobni about the many ways we can enhance existing services and the many new applications we can build using your implicit social graph to keep you better connected and to make your life easier and more fun.