Sunday 19 June 2011

Import facebook contacts to gmail

Gmail is where I spend a lot of time during a given day.
Whether I’m answering a fresh round of emails or searching through a pile of old ones to find
important information I had either forgotten or
misplaced, Gmail usually helps me get the job
done in a short amount of time. One thing I never
find myself doing however, is adding contacts to
my address book, because well, that just takes too much time. Besides, I would have to enter all
of that information manually. Where would I
even find the kind of information that goes along
with my contacts ’ names and email addresses? Facebook. Most of the people I know who I
would like to include in my Gmail contacts are
already friends with me on Facebook. So if I ever need to know where they currently live or work
the chances are good I can just search for it there.
But wouldn’t it be great if Facebook and Gmail played nicely together so I could have all of that
information in one place? Well, now they do,
with a simple little web application called Friends
to Gmail. What Is Friends To Gmail? Friends to Gmail app is a web application that you can use to convert your
Facebook friends list into a nice, Gmail-compatible
CSV file. once created, you can import this file
right into Gmail and all of your friends’ information, like names, locations, birthdays, bios,
work history, and hometowns, will be added to
your contacts for you. The app ask for
permissions to retrieve this type of information
from your Facebook account, but since all of the
work is done within the browser, Friends to Gmail’s servers never actually “download” anything, which should all eviate any privacy
concerns you may have about the app. one thing to note is that Friends to Gmail does not download email addresses and phone numbers for your friends. This is because
Facebook does not currently provide developers
with a way to retrieve this type of data, and for
good reason. After all, we already have enough privacy concerns with Facebook. Friends to Gmail’s developer does claim to be working on a way around this for those of us that would
welcome such an option. As an added benefit, you will be able to add all of
your friends’ birthdays to your Google Calendar! How Do I Use Friends To Gmail? To get started importing your friends, just head
over to Friends to Gmail’s homepage and click the giant Connect with Facebook button. It will ask
for your permission and you
will be able to download your CSV file.
then head over to your Gmail account and click
contacts. on the Contacts page, click on the More actions
drop-down menu and select Import from there, a box will pop up that allows your to
select a CSV file to upload. Choose the file that
Friends to Gmail generated and you’re all set!

conclusion Personally, I think this app is a life saver. It finally
gave me a good reason to want to keep my
Gmail contact list up to date, which enables me to
add friends that I hadn’t previously emailed to my outgoing emails, making Facebook’s information even more useful.

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