Gmail users get control over their contact list

Google has wrested some control away from the Google Bot and given it to Gmail users, who now can set who will be on a preferred contacts list.

Google has revamped the contacts section of Gmail to let users decide who's on their A-list.

Gmail adds a contact entry for every e-mail you use, and previously showed either the full list or the "Most Contacted" subset Google chose. Now the service divides contacts into a "My Contacts" list that users can define and a "Suggested Contacts" list with everyone else.

Google announced the move on its Gmail blog on Thursday.

Automation still plays a part: The service can be set to automatically add to "My Contacts" anybody you send e-mail to more than five times.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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