Edit Contact Right From Chat List – New Gmail Feature!

Consider this problem faced by Robby Stein,

When I add a new friend to Gmail chat, sometimes my friend’s email address is added as their contact name, such as [email protected] I personally like to have the name of all my chat friends in my chat list so I don’t get too confused as to who’s who. To change this, I used to go into contacts, select the contact profile, add the name of my friend, and then save it. (from official Gmail blog)

On a slightly different note, I was having similar problem. I have large number of gmail contacts from orkut. On orkut, people used profile name fields for status updates in past, before orkut launched status update feature. So I have their weird contact names in my gmail contact book.

As an example, as shown in following screenshot, the real name of my friend is tanvi while by default its set to “tan ban— New Yr IN GOA!!!!!!!!!!

Gmail - Edit contact from Chat.jpg
Now with this new feature, you can just click on names to edit them! Yes, its as easy as it sound. 🙂 (via official Gmail blog)

6 Comments

rahul October 29, 2008

When I add a new friend to Gmail chat, sometimes my friend’s email address is added as their contact name, such as [email protected]. I personally like to have the name of all my chat friends in my chat list so I don’t get too confused as to who’s who. To change this, I used to go into contacts, select the contact profile, add the name of my friend, and then save it

romy March 26, 2009

How to i can make chat with my windows live messengers of my contact list?

Rahul Bansal March 29, 2009

@romy

Try using a messenger like pidgin

sam April 27, 2009

I also have the same issue as faced by Robby Stein related to
orkut profile name appearing in my gmail contact list.like if i am changing my orkut profile name to ‘xyz####’ then my same name is visible to my friends in their contact list..why is it so that orkut name affects the gmail contact.
i m unable to fix it..plz suggest
thanks in advance..
sam

Rahul Bansal April 30, 2009

@Sam
There is no good solution for this as of now.
Even I am also annoyed by crazy Orkut names appearing in my Gmail. 🙁