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Importing Contact Birthdays from Facebook

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2018 07:58AM EDT
At this time, Facebook has discontinued services that allow you to sync friends and their contact info to other sources, including Contactually. However, there is still a way to sync birthdays for existing and new Contactually contacts.  

You can export Facebook contacts' birthdays by following the instructions on Facebook's help forum.
Please note that some Facebook users have reported being required instead to link an Outlook, Google, or iCal Calendar, for Facebook to write the events directly (rather than receiving a .ICS file). In this case, you can sync your birthday list with your calendaring service, and then export the calendar directly from those programs to receive the .ICS file.

Once you download the .ICS file from Facebook or from your own calendar, convert it to a .CSV file using this conversion tool and choosing the option to "Split date and time" under the "Time in Events" dropdown. Download the CSV file. Then change the spreadsheet formatting so you can import it into Contactually.

1. Open the CSV file.

2. Select the entire first column (not just the first cell). The entire vertical column should be shaded to indicate it's been selected.

3. If you're using Excel, click Data and then "Text to columns." If you're using Google Sheets, click Data and then "Split text to columns."

4. Indicate if the data in the spreadsheet is separated by commas or semicolons. For example, if the spreadsheet shows a cell as "Smith,John" and you want that cell to be two cells, "Smith" and "John," indicate that the separator is a comma. If the spreadsheet shows a cell as "Smith;John" then indicate that the separator is a semicolon.

5. 
Select "Delimited" as the data type if asked.

6. Save your changes if prompted or required.


7. Delete all the events that aren't birthdays.

8. Change the name of the birthday column to "Birth Date" (without quotation marks).

9. Make sure the format of all birthdays is MM/DD/YYYY.

10. If necessary, edit the names corresponding to the birthdays so that they match how your contacts are named in Contactually. For example, if you have a contact in Contactually named "Jack Smith" and he uses his full name on Facebook, so your spreadsheet lists his birthday under "John Smith," change "John" to "Jack" so the contacts match.

11. Save.

Then import the spreadsheet into Contactually. Return to Contactually after an hour or so and click the Merge Contacts tab on the right of your Dashboard beneath your Network Health grade. This will allow you to merge Facebook contacts and birthdays with existing contacts in Contactually.

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