Mingle: A New Take on Contacts

Mingle app

I’ve come to realize that Contacts (the email address book and the like) is a cluttered mess for most people. I thought they were useful once but that day was long ago.

Twitter and other social networks want to sync with your device, and then you know what they want to do? They want to add all the people you follow to your Contacts app. This sounds like a good idea at first, but when you consider how irregular the contact info is on Twitter, You’re really adding a lot of sparse and misleading entries to Contacts. Most of them just have the Twitter handle and nothing else. And do you really think the people you follow belong in your Contacts? All of them?

There are other problems with Contacts, like the dated methods available to interact with the tool on Apple devices. Inside the app, there are ambiguous fields you can add to Contacts (fields that once made sense don’t so much)… The list of shortcomings is growing because Contacts hasn’t kept up with culture — how many people are using their contacts.

Well, the Mingle app attempts to make the Contacts app relevant again. I downloaded Mingle per David Spark’s recommendation:

I still find it fascinating how developers are innovating some very traditional categories of software (like contact managers) now that we’ve got these new interfaces. Mingle is definitely worth checking out.

There are two main reasons Mingle is worth checking out. First, It presents a simple way to search for a contact then take action with that person’s contact info. For instance, you can quickly select the option to call them, email them, view their Twitter profile, text them, or schedule an event with them — all from a swipe-out menu on the primary Contacts view in Mingle.

Tech Crunch’s Sarah Perez highlights the secondary feature of Mingle:

And if you want to kick things up a notch, Mingle lets you swipe left to create your own custom actions, which can include messaging your contacts on a variety of social services, like WhatsApp, Skype, or Apple’s Facetime, for example, or opening their profile on places like Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, and more. As you select these custom actions, they become available throughout Mingle, accessible when you swipe on your contact’s name.

Not bad for a 99¢ app. The only hiccup you may encounter with Mingle is that you will need to cleanup and manage your Contacts well to really benefit from its sleek features. If you want to use a powerful-yet-streamlined app to reach people on your iPhone, Mingle makes it possible. Just take some time to hone the order and details in your Contacts app.

(‘Mingle for iPhone’ Official Video from Samir Ghobril on Vimeo)

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.