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.