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So you want to import your Facebook friends into Google+, but don't want to do this manually? It sucks that you can't do this directly yet, but there is an easy way to do this.

You'll need a (temporary) yahoo mail account. Just create one at mail.yahoo.com and go to "Contacts" and import through the Facebook Connect option your FB friends into your yahoo mail account. Now go to Circles in Google+ and connect your Yahoo account with your Google account. If for some reason this generates an error (it happened to me) there is another easy way to export your new Yahoo mail contacts.

Just go to your Yahoo mail account and click once again on "Contacts". Now click on "export" and select the Yahoo CSV file to export. Go to your Gmail account and click on "Contacts". Click on "More Actions" and then on "Import". Now select the CSV file that you've downloaded from Yahoo and import all your contacts.

When you're done with any of the above methods just you go to your Circles page and you'll see all your FB friends in all their glory and you can start adding them to your Circles.
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I don't see any added value of circles compared with Facebook...
 
I'm with you Yoe... really don't see much of a difference :(
 
Well I can share stuff with different circles now. So for instance you won't get to see my holiday photos if you're in my colleagues circle but you will see them if you're in my family circle. I guess Facebook has lists now, but I don't think anyone knows how to work with them ;-)
 
+Nic van 't Schip I actually went back and tried to do the same thing on Facebook with Lists, but it's not 100% the same thing. You can create lists (very hard to find), but it's impossible to only view the updates (or stream) from people in these specific lists. I think it's pretty useful you can easily do that with Google+.

Posting to lists is quite similar as posting to Circles. But in Google+ it's better integrated as far as I can see. It's part of the core of the product, which is not for FB. Still, you're right about that being the same thing. ;-)
 
Niels you can limit photos etc by lists in fb. When you import photos for example, you can specify which lists you want to be able to see (or NOT see) the album. I have even tweaked it so one or more specific people can't see a specific photo. Not arguing that one or the other is better, just that it is possible :)
 
they seem to be trying to block this :( is there another way ? preferably with avatar sync as well (main profile pic)
 
The contacts from FB will not export when initiating from Google+ or exporting from Yahoo. Bummer.
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