Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Export FB friends' birthdays to Google Calendar

One of Facebook‘s most useful features is the way it alerts you to the birthdays of all your buddies. Did you know that you can export this valuable data to other calendar applications?
Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar will all happily accept your exported Facebook info. We’ve pulled together a quick how-to for transferring the data to Google Calendar. You can receive E-mail and SMS alert for each birthday. 
Here's how to do it. 
1. Facebook Events
Head to your Facebook home page. Click on "Events," which you'll see in the left-hand menu.

2. Birthdays
Hit the drop-down menu at the right of your screen and select "Birthdays."

3. Export
In the "Birthdays" screen, hit the drop-down menu again and select "Export Birthdays."

4. URL
This should generate a pop-up window with a URL. Copy this URL.

5. Google Calendar
Next, go to your Google Calendar and on the left-hand side of the screen, you should see "Other Calendars." Click the drop-down menu next to this the option and select "Add by URL."

6. Add URL
Paste the URL into the pop-up window and click "Add Calendar."

7. Customize
You should now see "Friends' Birthdays" under your "Other Calendars."
You can change the color of the birthdays by clicking the drop-down menu.

8. Create Alerts
Finally, one great option Google Calendar offers is the ability to set up alerts. So for example, you can set reminders a few days before each birthday.
To do this, click on the drop-down menu next to your "Friends' Birthdays" calendar. Click "Notifications." This will let you set up email reminders.

9. Create SMS Alert (For clear view, please click on the image)

You now have no excuse for missing a buddy's special day!!

[Original article here]

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