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Custom Tabs - Subset of contacts

I would like to create custom tabs for some users where Contacts are split up into different subsets (Current Members, Past Members, Associate Members, etc.) and each subset represents a different tab on the UI.  Is this possible?  The subsets could be controlled by either a record type or another field (member status maybe), but should be editable, as people often change from a current member to a past member and other such changes.


I considered creating separate object types, but then I lose the ability to change a Contact's status, as well as all the pre-built Contact functionality. 


Any advice?



If you really needed separate tabs you could do this by creating custom tabs backed by visualforce pages that queried for the contact lists as needed.  You might hit governor limits somewhere if you have in the order of hundreds of thousands of contacts.  I would probably do this with list views within the single contact tab, that would be a lot cleaner, easier, and would use all native functionality.