How to create a GMail contact from an email signature with Copy Paste Click Click

I've been using Anagram on my desktop PC to add contacts to Outlook. With Anagram, you just copy someone's email address, press a magic key combo and it opens up an Outlook contact record with all of the fields filled in. It is almost magic.

The problem for me is that Outlook has to be open for me to add the contact. I add them to Outlook, then sync to my Blackberry and eventually to Plaxo.

Poking around for solutions that will help me eventually dump Outlook altogether, I discovered that there is an iGoogle gadget for Anagram that will let me grab an email signature and then drop it into my GMail contact list. I tried it and it seems to work just like the software installed on my computer. Sweet!

Here are the instructions you'll need:
  1. Add Anagram for iGoogle to your iGoogle page (If you don't have one get one.)
  2. Copy an email signature you'd like to have in your GMail contacts list.
  3. Paste it into the Anagram for iGoogle box
  4. Press [Go!]  (a window pops up)
  5. Press [Save as GMail Contacts]
Done.  Did I mention what a time saver this is? 

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.