You’ve taken the job of connecting with the right people online seriously. You’ve methodically built your professional network of connections on LinkedIn. You’ve added your family, friends, old classmates and co-workers to your list of Facebook friends. This is a wonderful way to stay in touch by keeping up with status updates and photos, but what if you want to send a private email to one of your connections? Unless you happen to know their email address, you have to go to LinkedIn or Facebook to send that email.
Would you like to have access to the email addresses of your friends and connections outside of Facebook and LinkedIn? Would you like to add them to your own contact list in Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo or wherever else you stash this information? If so, you’re going to be very happy because you’re about to find out how to do just that.
If you’re wondering why you’d want to bother going through the hassle of getting this information out of Facebook and LinkedIn, consider the following:
Downtime – All websites, including Facebook and LinkedIn, go down from time to time. During these times, you will not have access to this information.
Access Denied – There are many instances of people getting locked out of their accounts for a variety of reasons. Many ended up regaining access, but how frustrating it would be to lose all of that information!
Limited Email Options – What if you’d like to send an email to several people, including some of your Facebook friends and some of your LinkedIn connections? The options are very limited if you aren’t able to use your own favorite email program
Convinced yet that it might be a good thing to take control of your information? Great, let’s get started…
Fortunately, LinkedIn allows contact information for your connections to be exported directly from the site. I recommend doing this on a regular basis, depending on how frequently you usually add new connections. All of the how-to information about exporting your LinkedIn connections can be found here.
Unfortunately, Facebook does not provide a similar feature allowing for a simple way of exporting your friends’ email addresses. It is possible, though, if you take the following steps:
You’ll need a Yahoo email account. If you don’t already have one, it is very easy to set up one up.
- Log into your Yahoo email account and go to this page, where you will see this image (or something very similar):
- Click on the Facebook logo. When asked to authorize the connection between Yahoo and Facebook, click ‘Okay’
- Watch in amazement as Yahoo goes to work, busily importing all of the email addresses from your Facebook friends.
- When the process is complete, Yahoo will tell you how many new contacts were imported. Chances are this will not be equal to the number of friends you have on Facebook. Don’t worry; there’s no need to panic. It is very likely that not all of your friends have included an email address on their Facebook profile.
- From here, you will be able to export the list from Yahoo and then import it into any other email program.
- Rejoice. Do a little happy dance. You now have your friends’ email addresses tucked away in a safe place.
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