Mar 23 2012
There are a lot of instruction posts on how to export your Facebook contacts to Twitter. None of them are correct, because they keep changing the rules. So here is one that is accurate as of March 2012! As of this writing, this is the only place on the internet you can find a working set of instructions for how to export Facebook contacts to Twitter!
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The only way it can be done is:
- Log into Yahoo Mail (here.)
- Click the third tab: Contacts
- At the top of the window it says “You have xxx Contacts.” Underneath there click “Import Contacts.”
- Then “Facebook.”
- “Do you want to share your contacts with Yahoo” pops up in a new window (or a window asking you to login, if you’re aren’t already.) Click “Okay.” “ contacts found. Now importing  contacts.”
- Now your contacts are all in Yahoo!
- NOW HERE’s where Yahoo and Facebook have blocked the next step since all those other instructions were written. All the other instructions say to now go into Twitter: Discover: Find Friends (here). Click Yahoo, login, and whammo, all your Facebook friends are imported. EXCEPT, what you really see is either 3-4 friends imported or “there was no one in your address book.” This is because Facebook & Yahoo have now colluded so the Yahoo has specially marked all contacts imported from Facebook so they won’t export from Yahoo. Even if you try exporting them manually to a CSV file, it won’t work!
- HOW TO FIX THIS: Per yahoo’s policy, each of these contacts need to be individually unmarked as Facebook contacts within Yahoo. As of this writing there is no other way. “If you edit a Facebook contact’s information, add the contact to a list, or merge it with an existing contact, the Facebook tag will be removed, and you will be able to export it along with your other contacts.”
- Despite their statement, adding the contact to a list does not currently remove the Facebook tag, so your only option is to go to your Contacts list, click on any name–at the top of the frame will be a line saying “[Johnny] is a Facebook contact.” The only way to remove this line is to Edit the contact, add a one letter middle name and then delete it (or something else trivial so the Save button unshadows), then click Save. Rinse and repeat 1066 times. (Anyone wanna’ write a script for this?)
- So, step 1067 (not 10) is to then go back to Step 7: Twitter: Discover: Find Friends (here). Click Yahoo, login, and whammo, all your Facebook friends are imported (for real this time.)
If you have any questions, or if you’ve discovered a better way, please holler below… And PS, if you dig this, subscribe to my feed at @mrcolj.
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