Contacting a contact list
Using freely available php classes I show how it is possible to download the contact list from Gmail and/or the MSN messenger service (given a username and password) and return this to the user. The user can then select or deselect the contacts they wish to send an email to before submitting the form and sending emails to all their chosen contacts. This is quite a nice method to 'turbocharge' the basic 'tell-a-friend' style script. Rather than contacting one friend it is quick and simple to contact fifty or a hundred contacts which means more likely visitors to your site.