I suck at staying in touch with people.

Or do humans in general suck at maintaining social relationships? That’s a deeper philosophical question I’d like to answer in the future.


I’ve made so many social relationships in the past 3 years, but I’ve taken no action to maintain them. I’m not saying I want to invite people to weekly dinners. I’m suggesting a simple text or email message saying “Hey, how are you?”

I want an asynchronous conversation about what’s new in their lives.

I came across Jakob Greenfeld’s solution for staying in touch with 100+ people

Jakob Greenfeld uses Airtable to manage his social relationships.

He wrote a detailed blog post explaining his setup. It’s very simple. You can copy his setup on the free plan but you’d lose out on the “Potential New Contacts” feature. If you do care about this feature, then I would suggest skipping Airtable. Paying for the premium plan just for this use case is not worth it.

Otherwise, it’s a great solution to stay in touch with people.

Jakob sold me on the idea, so I plan to try it out

The simplicity and no-code automation is what convinced me.

I like that I don’t have to use a CRM to manage my relationships. I also don’t care to write my own database of relationships. I just want a system where I can save contact info, write notes, and receive occasional reminders.

Let’s see how this works out.

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