May 13, 2013

FullContact – Better Contact Organization

FullContact is a contact management platform built for individuals, businesses, and developers. By combining multiple address books and storing the associated information in one place, FullContact users can eliminate redundancy, pull up additional information, and easily share their contact lists with others.

The way you utilize FullContact will depend on who you are. Individuals who sign up for a Beta account can import their address books from Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and any other source that exports data in vCard format. Once that data has been imported into the FullContact platform, it can be enriched with photos and personal information pulled from social media accounts. FullContact handles all formatting issues, ensuring that every name, email address, and phone number appears in a standardized way. Contacts can then be grouped into lists, and shared with colleagues through the cloud-based contact management system.

Developers can use FullContact to make their apps more robust, by adding context to partial address book contacts. The Person API makes it possible to look up individuals by email, Twitter handle, Facebook ID, or phone number, and automatically pull publicly available information (like phone numbers and email addresses) into users’ contact profiles.

Practical Uses:

  • Share client contact lists with your colleagues
  • Make sure your email address book is up-to-date
  • Add individual profile photos to your online address book
  • Improve the usefulness of your app by building more complete contact profiles

Insider Tips:

  • Pull data from your contacts’ social media profiles into your address book
  • Developers can access contact data in JSON, XML or HTML formats
  • FullContact can import contacts from any source that exports in vCard format
  • Tag contacts based on their relationship to you

What we liked:

  • FullContact is a great solution for people looking to combine multiple address books
  • The platform automatically fixes address formatting errors
  • FullContact doesn’t store its users’ account passwords on its servers
  • Address book data saved in FullContact is always portable
  • FullContact only shares information that’s already publicly available, eliminating privacy concerns altogether

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Denver, Colorado
  • Founded by: Bart Lorang, Travis Todd, and Dan Lynn
  • Web site:


  • Free plan
  • Getting Started plan is $19/month
  • Gaining Traction plan is $99/month
  • Rolling plan is $499/month


  1. Hey, Stephanie –

    Thanks for the review – we’re glad you like the app!

    Just wanted to clarify – the FullContact API pulls in publicly available social profile information to partial contacts, but we *don’t* return private information like email addresses or phone numbers. (As you mentioned above, we take privacy very seriously.)

    Also, the pricing you listed above is for the FullContact API – if you’re not a developer looking to add context to contacts, that pricing won’t apply to you.

    The FullContact Address Book is free while in beta – we’re still determining what the pricing plans will be when we officially launch. For now, we’d love it if people would sign up and give us feedback on the FullContact Address Book before we launch to the public!

    Thanks again!

  2. Marco

    Last week they wrote users that “shared list feature doesn’t work”, so they will suspend and users may re-arrange data. What great service!

    Really better GlipMe, and its great smartphone sync service…

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