If you log into Move2Picasa with your Facebook information, the service will migrate all of your Facebook photos over to the new Google plus.
Currently, Google plus is using Picasa Web Albums as the backend for Google Plus photos although this will soon be renamed Google Photos. With Move2Picasa, the service actually moves all of your photos over to Picasa Web Albums so that you can then use them on your Google Plus page. The only down side, however, is that Move2Picasa might be a little slow for the time being as so many users are moving their photos over to Google Plus.
You can choose which pictures you want to move over to Google plus. You should hurry up and take advantage of this, though, if you are interested in moving your photos from Facebook to Google Plus as Facebook is known for shutting down applications that allow users to export information from their profiles. Facebook previously shut down an application that allowed users to export all of their Facebook friends into Google Plus. It’s speculated that Facebook is trying to prevent the site from being major competition. With almost 10 million users just shortly after being launched, though, it’s hard to think that much will be able to stop Google plus.
The Move2Picasa tool is very useful, though for users who are trying to move their social networking over to Google – where many people already have their e-mail, calendars, and documents stored. It may take up to 1 to 2 hours, though, depending on how many photos you have, but it’s well worth it if you want to put all of your Facebook photos on Google plus.
If you check out the Move2Picasa site, you will have all of your photos set up on your new Google plus profile in no time.
Facebook is definitely making it challenging for users to import their friends’ contact information into Google plus. Unlike Yahoo or Hotmail, there is no direct contact import feature. Also, Facebook is cracking down on those third party services that were allowing you to bring your Facebook friends into Google plus, including the Google Chrome extension, Facebook Friend Exporter.
There’s still a loophole, though, to help you get around Facebook’s restrictions.
Facebook has tried things like this before to stifle competition from rising. However, Gmail is already so popular that most people who want to use Google plus should be able to just import their contacts directly from Google and not have to deal with exporting their Facebook friends. The people are more acquaintances or occasional contacts, you can gradually add to Google plus, which is a good thing, because with their new feature, Google Circles, you’ll be able to just drop them in the appropriate circle.
Overall, this is probably a positive thing for Google plus, though, because it forces users to create a new social circle on Google plus that is unique from Facebook. This is one of the things that will make Google plus a different experience than Facebook, which is probably a good thing for Google plus. What do you think? Would you rather import all of your friends into the new Google plus in one go? Or would you rather build your Google Circles from the ground up?
Either way, it adds an interesting point to the rivalry that is developing between Facebook and Google plus.
There is a new Chrome extension called Facebook Friend Exporter that gives you the option to export your Facebook friends’ contact info and add it to Google Plus. This could potentially help Google Plus become as popular as Facebook if people are able to use the Facebook Friend Exporter to easily move all of their contacts to Google Plus. Then you can take advantage of all of the new features that Google Plus offers, like Google Circles, Google Sparks, and Google Hangouts, with all of the people you presently interact with on Facebook.
Programmer who created the Facebook Friend Exporter, Mohamed Mansour, claims that none of the 30K+ users who have used Facebook Friend Exporter so far have gotten banned from Facebook, although according to an update from July 5th, 2011, Facebook is trying it’s hardest to block their content from being exported so it may not work for all users. However, it may work for you. The only way you will know is if you give it a try.
It is fairly easy to use the Facebook Friend Exporter. First, you want to make sure all of your Facebook extensions are turned off. When you get into the Facebook Friend Exporter, it will start by gathering all of the contact info your Facebook friends have shared with you including their names, e-mail addresses, and birthdays. This can all then be either saved as a spreadsheet file or it can be imported right into your Gmail address book.
While the Facebook Friend Exporter puts all of your Facebook friends’ contact information in one place, if you do want to interact with them on Google Plus, you will still have to convince them to join Google Plus. However, the Facebook Friend Exporter will be doing a lot of that “transitioning” work for you in terms of gathering up a list of contact information from your friends.
Many users so far are complimenting and praising the Facebook Friend Exporter, and it already has more than 17,000 downloads as well as a 4.5/5 star rating. There are also a few complaints on the website from users who state the Facebook Friend Exporter isn’t working exactly right. However, this seems to be mostly the work of Facebook as opposed to the extension. Ultimately, the Facebook Friend Exporter may be a good tool for you to utilize.