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Is it possible for me to allow other Google users to view my contacts in Google Contacts, or perhaps only certain groups of contacts? Or is this a feature I'd need Google Apps for?

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With the delegate option that's possible:
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To delegate your contacts:

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Click the More pulldown menu immediately above your contacts list and select Manage Delegation Settings.
  3. In the Add people text box, enter the email addresses of the users you wish to share your contacts.
  4. Click Share & save to finish granting the specified users access to your contacts.

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There's no such option in Google Contacts for me, and the link you reference is to the Google Apps version of Contacts. Is there any way to do this with the free, public version of Google Contacts? –  neilfein Jan 20 '13 at 16:12
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You are correct. Then the answer to your question is: No and Yes –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jan 20 '13 at 16:18

As Jacob mentioned, to my knowledge, the only way to currently do this is via Google Apps accounts & Delegation. I don't think a way exists to do it with a standard account.

Your best bet might be to look for a CRM that syncs with Google Contacts - it might be a little overkill for your needs (depending on the context), but it might work. However, in my research it seems like a good number of the CRMs are based on Google Apps accounts only, so that could be a roadblock. But worth looking into further.

We're currently trying to solve this problem at FullContact (yes, I work for them, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt - I'm biased). Our cloud address book pulls in Google Contacts and lets you organize and create shared lists of contacts, then syncs directly back to Google Contacts. We'll begin releasing beta invites in the near future - but unfortunately, it doesn't solve your problem now.

At the moment, since I'm not aware of any add-on app that offers this functionality, the easiest path to your result would probably be to just upgrade to a Google Apps account and call it good.

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The website you provided isn't working :( –  chester1000 Feb 15 at 16:04
    
Uh-oh - thanks! I'll update link. –  LloydDobbler Feb 15 at 20:15

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