Google+ is making a big splash in the social networking world, promising better privacy and access controls to user-generated content. As Google ups the ante in its challenge to Facebook, many users will be switching to Google+. While some tools exist that allow users to export data from Facebook, reports indicate that Facebook is blocking those services.
However, there’s a relatively simple way to get your contacts from Facebook to Google+, and all you need is a Yahoo! Mail account.
Since Google+ uses your Google Contacts (located in Gmail), these steps will get you up and running with your old friends on the new Google service in no time. Keep in mind that this process transfers your Facebook friends who have email addresses visible to you:
- Log into Facebook
- Sign up for a Yahoo! Mailaccount
- Go to Yahoo! Mail’s Contacts tab
- Click Import Contacts > select Facebook > select All Contacts
- Click Actions > Export
- Select Yahoo! CSV
- Type in the captcha code and click Export Now
- Log into your Gmail or Google Account *
- Go to Contacts
- Click More Actions > Import
- Click Choose File > select the Yahoo! CSV file
- Click Import (note: if the number of accounts being imported differs from your number of Facebook friends, this is because some of your friends do not have email addresses visible to you)
- Done! You can now log into Google+ and add your friends to Circles.
* Alternatively, you can log in to your Google+ account > Circles > Find and Invite. Yahoo! contacts can be imported there. However, using the method above, you can see exactly how many contacts were imported from Facebook.