Some background so you know where this is coming from:
One of my friends I work with was making the point the other day that in business, you get more in this world by knowing the right people. Basically the 'It's not what you know, it's who you know'arguement. I answered "Yeah, but I don't know that many people."
My friend pulled out a piece of paper and made a list of people (business contacts) she knew were people that A) I had met, B) who thought favorably of me (or at least not unfavorably of me) and C) with whom I had something in common that we could talk about instead of the weather.
I was astounded: in 30 seconds, she had a list of 10+ people who met all of those criteria. I got to thinking about all the people that I do know, or have talked to at one time or another, and couldn't believe the number of contacts I have.
Unfortunately, my problem is that I seldom remember names: almost all of the time, I can remember a trait or a story about them.
Here's an example:
I started to make a list of people I know, and soon realized that it is an overwhelming task to keep track of it all. I'd like to keep all this in one place, so the PDA was the most logical answer.
Ideally, I'd like the software to:
A) Be an address book on steriods: not only contact information, but fields which allow me to put input information I know about this person so we have something to talk about..
B) Every field be searchable: most of the time, I don't remember someone's name, so I need to be able to search on "Iowa" or "Lawnmowers" or webmaster to get to the name "Brett Tabke"
C) Have a place where I can put the last time I spoke with that contact and nag me to 'keep in touch' at certain intervals..
D) Be able to be dumped into a text only delimited file so when my PDA poops out or the sofware is no longer made, I can put the information into another database in the future.
I'd appreciate any help you can give: I don't even know what this type of software, if it exists, is called Address book on steriods ... ? *shrug*