Friday, January 28, 2011

Pro-tip: Freeing your Facebook contacts without breaking ToS

I have discovered something amazing. I have a Motorola Droid X on Verizon which uses the Motoblur skin for Android. Motoblur allows me to merge Facebook, Twitter, and of course Google contacts into my contact list, which has been very convenient because I can call any of my facebook friends who have their phone number in their profile. Unfortunately this only does you so much good on your phone.

Thankfully if you go to the options in the contact manager you can export your contacts (including your normally sequestered Facebook contacts). Now you have a Vcard containing both your Google and Facebook contacts. You could then import this into Gmail or do as I did, and import into LinkedIn. I was able to find additional contacts that I was able to network with. The best part about this, is that it doesn't break Facebook's draconian terms of service.


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