Mark Zuckerberg may be the most popular guy on Google+ currently but I suspect he doesn’t like the idea of people migrating their Facebook friends over to the Google product en masse. Of course, that doesn’t stop folks from trying.
The guys over at ZDNet are really trying to help. Last week Andrew Mager posted one way to get the whole shooting match over to Google+
Here’s a trick to get everyone from your Facebook social graph into Google Plus:
1. Sign up for a Yahoo! Mail account, and import all of your Facebook contacts. Click “Contacts” at the top, and then “Import Contacts”. Authorize Facebook access to your Yahoo! address book.
2. Log in to Google Plus (http://plus.google.com) and navigate to your “Circles” (https://plus.google.com/circles).
3. Click “Find and Invite”, and then click Yahoo! Import your Facebook friends to the “Suggestions” section.
4. Drag everyone into the appropriate “Circle”. See screenshot below.
They have also closely followed the exploits of a developer who put together a Chrome extension to export your friends’ data (including e-mails) so that you can do whatever you want with them. That solution was not designed specifically for importing the information into Google+ but quickly got traction as a way to do it. That is until Facebook blocked the extension.
Facebook Friend Exporter is a Chrome extension developed by Mohamed Mansour, an open source software engineer, that lets you grab all the information about your Facebook friends so you can import them elsewhere. Because it got popular recently, Facebook noticed and began to block the extension.
Mansour noticed, and posted the following message on the extension’s page:
Facebook is trying so hard to not allow you to export your friends. They started to remove emails of your friends from your profile by today July 5th 2011. It will no longer work for many people.
New version with a different design is currently deploying. You might have to do exports daily. It uses a different approach, and I will maintain this version. Just bear with me.
I have to be honest, it’s fun to see Facebook scramble a little. The best case scenario I can see is that Google actually has legs and forces Facebook off the top of the mountain. As a result, they may be less dictatorial in their approach and a bit more user friendly in order to preserve their position at the top of the social media heap.
Of course, monkeys could fly out of my butt in a minute and I could be sent off to the land of rainbows, flowers and unicorns that fart butterflies. I’m just saying.