Mar 23 2012

Exporting Facebook Contacts to Twitter (2012)

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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!

BE SURE TO READ CHRIS’ COMMENT BELOW, WHICH IMPROVES FURTHER ON MY ANSWER.  THANKS CHRIS!

The only way it can be done is:

  1. Log into Yahoo Mail (here.)
  2. Click the third tab: Contacts
  3. At the top of the window it says “You have xxx Contacts.”  Underneath there click “Import Contacts.”
  4. Then “Facebook.”
  5. “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.”  ”[1067] contacts found.  Now importing [1067] contacts.”
  6. Now your contacts are all in Yahoo!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.”
  9. 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?)
  10. 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.

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Exporting Facebook Contacts to Twitter (2012)”

  1. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the tip. Will give it a try!

  2. Chris says:

    Ok, so its not super clean but I figured out a way to do it without going through each contact.

    1. highlight all your contacts in Yahoo.
    2. Print the contact list.
    3. It will show on the screen the list to print; highlight it and copy it.
    4. Paste into excel or something that you can create a csv file
    5. import them back into Yahoo and they will be clean of the FB tag.

    Hope that helps someone.

    Chris

    • Colin Jensen says:

      Okay, did it! You’re right that it wasn’t super-clean, but it worked!, and I’d like to rewrite what I had to go through and update the original post. Basically, if I recall correctly, I had to Select All of my contacts, print, cut and paste into wordpad, save, open in word, find and replace “^p” with “,” then find and replace “.com,” with “.com^p”, then save as txt, open into excel, add a row to name the columns, then go into yahoo to import, which I just couldn’t get to work, so I imported into gmail, and THAT worked, then went to twitter and imported from gmail. Many steps, but still allowed me to import my 1000 facebook friends into twitter! Thanks Chris!

  3. Najib says:

    Nice !! been looking for the workaround since Jan 2012. Im glad i stumbled to your site. Worked like a charm. :)

  4. B says:

    Still working as of May 22, 2012.. but yes the extended steps in the comments are required.

    1. Use YahooMail to retrieve Contacts
    2. Send All Contacts to Print Preview
    3. Copy and Paste to Excel – Save as a CSV (can remove names with the must contain @ filter and copy and paste to new tab and resave as csv)
    4. Copy and paste emails into Gmail Add Contact Tool
    5. Use Twitter to Search Gmail
    6. WALLA!

  5. Matt says:

    Chris , You are the best !!!!!!!

  6. Akshat says:

    Hi Guys,

    you can Do this task even more quicker:

    1. Highlight all your contacts in Yahoo.
    2. Print the contact list.
    3. It will show on the screen the list to print; highlight it and copy it.
    4. Paste into excel or something that you can create a csv file.

    Now actual trick starts here: :)

    5. Select the Column in which you have pasted these contact details from step 4
    6. Press function key F5
    7. Select Special
    8. Select Blank
    9. In the Home menu . Cells > Delete (Select Delete cells)
    10. Select row 1 and add blue colour to it
    11 .Select row 2 and add green clour to it.
    13. Then you the format Painter key in home menu for the first two rows you have coloured in step 11 and 12 and drag it for all your entries.
    14. Apply filter on this row.
    15. sort using colour.
    16. Then copy and paste in another sheet.
    17 Your Out put will look like some thing below.

    Name email id
    akshat abc@gmail.com

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