Facebook – a good by-product


I’ve been using Facebook for a while now and I’ve just noticed an interesting by-product of using Facebook that can benefit Windows Mobile 6 users.

That is that it’s a really easy way of collecting pictures for your contacts in your phone!

I simply save the profile picture my friends and contacts have to my PC and then I associate the picture with the contact in Outlook.

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This also means that when I get an SMS/Text Message or an Email the contacts picture is shown on the email or text.


Comments (16)
  1. Ross Dargan says:

    Now… I wonder how difficult it would be to automate that… time to open visual studio I think:)

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    Love to see it if you could 🙂

  3. Ross Dargan says:

    About 50% of the way there – can get the photos… just need to integrate it with outlook which finger crossed will be ok…. need to do a little bit of work now though:) and unfortunatly away all weekend so will have a crack at it later tonight.

    Anyone fancy alpha testing it for me? Let me know at:

    Alpha@[NOSPAM]the-dargans.co.uk

    You must have Outlook 2007, A facebook account (no duh) and a smartphone/pda syncing with it.

    Thanks

    Ross

  4. m@ says:

    I have been playing around with a similar concept for sometime…

    This will help: http://www.codeplex.com/FacebookToolkit ;o)

  5. Ross Dargan says:

    Well, I couldnt resist – all written and working:)

    Few issues thought – firstly facebook limits the number of calls you can make to about 15 a minute… this means it takes quite a while if you have  alot of friends – going to try and get this increased though.

    Secondly I have had to run the app as an administrator – but it does work! – ill tidy it up and once I have the time increased Ill let the people who have emailed me test it!

    Cheers

    Ross

  6. Ross Dargan says:

    Thanks for that m@ – but I found a vb which I have just changed into a DLL, all works fine:)

    Should have a release in some form of beta tonight.

    Ross

  7. MSDNArchive says:

    Ross, M@,

    Awesome work fellas – ping me an email when you have a Beta as I’d love to blog it!

    J

  8. Tim MIleson says:

    Nice one chaps, stunning idea i’ll look forward to seeing the beta

  9. Ross Dargan says:

    This has now entered a closed beta – let me know if you would like to test the app for me!

    Email me at Beta@[NOSPAM]the-dargans.co.uk and please let me know your version of Microsoft Office, and Windows.

    and M@ – I did use your API – far better than the other one I was using.

    Should get a release out on the weekend:-)

    Ross

  10. CraigH says:

    How about one that exports to Windows Live Contacts? So i can make sure my hotmail / messenger contacts have the most up to date info

  11. Andy Parkes says:

    Fantastic idea!

    Only downside i see is most of my friends use ridiculous pictures as their profile pictures…guess i’ll have to nag them to use something more sensible 🙂

  12. Ross Dargan says:

    Fonebook has gone live!

    Feel free to grab it from here: http://www.the-dargans.co.uk/

    And thank you to all the helpful Beta/Alpha testers!

    Hotmail is a very good idea! After I have spend a bit of time with the wife I might look into that!

    Cheers

    Ross

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  15. Master William says:

    Been doing this for a long time now with FaceBookSync on the Mac/Address Book.  Im glad there is now something for my Outlook contacts

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